A resident at the Casey Healthcare Center in Casey, Illinois was forced to endure the pain of a fractured hip for hours. It was only after family members arrived the following afternoon that the resident was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The X-ray revealed that the woman had broken her hip.
The incident occurred in the late evening. The Casey Healthcare Center resident was found on the floor of her room. The woman had a history of falls, and one of the interventions used to try to manage this condition was a seat belt.
The use of a seat belt to control nursing home falls is not indicative of nursing home neglect, but the fact that the woman was strapped in her chair at 9:30 PM raises some serious questions with regard to the quality of care at Casey Healthcare Center. When was she fed dinner? When was she put into her chair? When was she going to be put to bed? When was she showered? At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, our nursing home fall lawyers know how to conduct a fall investigation that ensures that all relevant questions are answered.
What is clear is that at 9:30 PM the resident successfully unbuckled her seat belt and attempted to walk away. The result was multiple abrasions and a fractured hip.
The nursing home aides recognized that the resident was in extreme pain and allegedly attempted to notify the woman’s physician. They were unsuccessful. This is a second area that raises questions. According to the woman’s physician, his answering service never received a call. In addition, his home phone number is published in the phone book.
When asked why 911 was not called, the staff on duty said that it never even occurred to them to call 911 or even the Casey Healthcare Center Medical Director. According to the certified nurses aide (CNA) who found the woman, the licensed practical nurse (LPN) on duty refused to make a report because it was her last day working at the facility. “It never happened and I’m not filling out a report,” she told them.
It was only a few months ago that we wrote about the last nursing home neglect incidents at the Casey Healthcare Center in Casey, Illinois. Clearly, the nursing home failed to take enough steps to properly train and staff the people employed there.
If you have a loved one who has been injured in a nursing home fall or any other kind of accident in an Illinois nursing home, and you feel that nursing home neglect played a role in their injury, contact our Chicago nursing home lawyers for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.