Peoria Nursing Home Lack of Supervision Lawyers
Pursuing Justice for Your Family
When nursing home residents do not have adequate supervision, serious injuries can occur. Negligent nursing homes may fail to provide nursing staff with the necessary training and resources to ensure that all of their residents receive the care they need. As a result, unsupervised nursing home patients are often left vulnerable and exposed to the risk of injuries due to inadequate staffing levels and unqualified personnel. If a nursing home resident suffers an injury as a result of negligence on the part of the nursing home, a family may need to take steps to pursue justice for their loved one.
The team at Nursing Home Injury Center works with families to hold negligent nursing homes accountable for any harm caused by their failure to properly supervise patients. We understand the emotional nature of these situations and the struggles faced by family members who are looking for answers to questions about why their loved ones were not properly cared for. We work to help families understand their options in these cases. In addition to making sure a nursing home resident’s safety and well-being are protected, we can also help families take action to prevent these types of dangerous situations in the future.
Injuries That Can Occur Because of Inadequate Supervision
Lack of supervision can be a particularly dangerous form of nursing home neglect. Patients should be monitored to ensure that their needs are being met, and assistance should be provided when necessary. Nursing homes that are understaffed may be unable to provide each resident with sufficient care, or staff members may be unaware of the locations of residents and the issues that could affect their health and safety.
Multiple types of injuries and safety risks may occur because of lack of supervision, including:
- Falls – Many nursing home patients have mobility issues, and they may require assistance when getting into or out of bed, standing up or sitting down, or using tools such as canes or walkers when moving throughout a facility. If proper supervision and assistance are not provided, residents may fall down and suffer serious injuries.
- Malnutrition and dehydration – Without supervision by nursing home staff, residents may not get enough food and liquids at meal times or other times throughout the day. A lack of proper nutrition can lead to dangerous health concerns, and patients who do not drink enough water or receive liquids through other means may experience life-threatening illnesses.
- Lack of medical care – If nursing home residents are left unsupervised, staff members may not recognize the symptoms of serious illnesses or other health issues, and they may not provide treatment when needed. Medication errors can also occur when staff members fail to ensure that a person takes the correct medications at the right times.
- Nursing home abuse – A person who is not properly supervised will be at a higher risk of suffering abuse at the hands of staff members, other residents, or other parties. This may include physical abuse or sexual abuse by staff members who know that a patient’s condition is not being monitored at certain times.
- Wandering and elopement – Unsupervised nursing home residents may wander into dangerous areas of a nursing home, such as parts of a building that are under construction, or they may attempt to leave the facility, putting themselves in danger.
- Dangerous health issues – Multiple types of illnesses and injuries may occur if patients are not properly supervised. Choking can be a serious issue in these situations, and if not addressed quickly, a person can suffer serious harm due to lack of oxygen. Bedsores, infections, and other health issues may progress dangerously if an unsupervised patient does not receive treatment when needed.
Assistance With Nursing Home Injuries Caused by Lack of Supervision
At Nursing Home Injury Center, we understand the challenges nursing home neglect can cause for families. If your loved one has been injured due to a lack of supervision at a nursing home, our team is here to help. We can provide legal assistance and guidance as you address these issues, as well as support to ensure that your loved one will receive the medical treatment and personal care they need going forward. Contact us today by calling 309-524-6900 to arrange a free consultation and learn more about how we may be able to assist with your case.