Recently, the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy announced seven different nursing homes have come to settlements resolving claims of systemic failures. These failures caused injury and even death of five residents of these nursing homes. Included in these settlements are fines ranging from $30,000 to $200,000. In addition to these settlements, five of the nursing homes are being required to upgrade staff training, policies, conduct annual audits, and report progress to the attorney general’s office for a period of three years.
In one of the reported cases, a resident had approximately 19 falls. After her 20th fall, she began bleeding from her head for hours. Her daughter had to beg the nurses at the facility for help and all they did was apply a band aid. Eventually, she was sent to the hospital, but her internal bleeding caused her a painful and unnecessary death over a 10 day period.
In another case a nurse’s aid dropped a resident on Christmas Day in 2015 causing her to break both of her legs. This resident was on blood thinners at this time causing her to bleed internally and die two days later. In addition to this gross negligence, the facility failed to notify the family the injuries for over 24 hours.
In another case, a resident passed out while eating and the nursing staff inexplicably failed to even attempt to resuscitate the resident. In addition, the facility did not report the death to state regulators in a timely manner.
For decades, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Swartz & Lynch have provided legal representation to victims of medical and nursing home negligence. If you are concerned that your elder loved one is not receiving the care he or she is entitled to, an attorney at Swartz & Lynch LLP can evaluate your case for free.