Peoria Nursing Home Burns Attorneys
Lawyers for Nursing Home Patients Who Have Suffered Burn Injuries
Burn injuries in nursing homes are a serious and sometimes fatal problem that can result from nursing home negligence. Families who have lost loved ones or had their family members suffer serious burn injuries due to nursing home neglect will be looking to understand exactly what happened and what could have been done to prevent these dangerous situations. Unfortunately, identifying the causes of burn injuries is not always easy, and a family may struggle to determine whether negligence occurred and ensure that these types of incidents do not happen again in the future.
The team at Nursing Home Injury Center can provide guidance to families in situations involving nursing home injuries, and we will work to ensure that justice is served and a negligent nursing home is held accountable for injuries suffered by a resident. We can investigate the incident thoroughly and determine whether there was any form of negligence on the part of the nursing home’s staff that contributed to the injury. We will work diligently with a family to ensure that their loved one will receive the proper care to address burn injuries and that they will be protected against any further harm.
Causes of Nursing Home Burn Injuries
Burn injuries caused by nursing home negligence can range from mild first-degree burns to life-threatening third-degree burns resulting in disfigurement, disability, or wrongful death. Burn injuries may occur due to issues such as:
- Insufficient supervision and monitoring of nursing home residents – Without adequate supervision, patients may be placed at risk of harm due to candles, heaters, hot liquids, or other issues that could cause serious burns. When patients are left unsupervised, staff members may be unaware of potential safety issues, and they may not take the proper steps to prevent these types of injuries.
- Improperly maintained equipment – If the equipment used in a nursing home malfunctions, this can result in exposed heating elements, sparks, or electrical shocks that can cause serious burns to residents. These injuries may occur if nursing homes fail to properly inspect and maintain equipment on a regular basis.
- Faulty wiring or a failure to adhere to fire safety standards – Dangerous fires can occur if a nursing home does not take the proper measures to address potential risks. If parts of a building catch on fire, residents with mobility issues may be unable to evacuate quickly enough to avoid being injured. In addition to burns, they may also suffer harm due to smoke inhalation.
- Inadequate training for nursing home staff on the proper handling, storage, and use of hazardous materials – Certain types of chemicals or other products that may be kept at a nursing home, such as cleaning supplies, may have dangerous reactions that could potentially cause chemical burns for people who are exposed to them. If staff members are not properly trained on how to use these products, or if the proper security measures are not followed when storing dangerous chemicals, residents may experience serious burn injuries.
When burn injuries occur, patients should receive the proper treatment to ensure that wounds can heal correctly and that they can return to normalcy as soon as possible. In some cases, residents may suffer further harm due to improper wound care. If burns are left untreated, if bandages are not checked or changed regularly, or if the proper medications are not administered, dangerous infections or other serious health issues may occur.
Assisting With Burn Injuries Affecting Nursing Home Residents
When nursing home residents suffer from burn injuries due to negligence, it is important for families to take action. The team at Nursing Home Injury Center can investigate these incidents and determine whether nursing home negligence contributed to burn injuries or other forms of harm suffered by a resident. We will help families understand the resources available to them and the steps they can take to ensure that an injured loved one receives the proper care, while also working to hold a negligent nursing home responsible for failing to protect a resident’s health and safety. Contact us today at 309-524-6900 for a free consultation.