Posted On: May 19, 2011 by Mark Bello of Lawsuit Financial Corp.

How Safe Is Your Loved One?

When we place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, we expect them to be cared for and protected. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients require extra care because they tend to wander, become disoriented, and lost. When we hear stories like the recent one at the Springfield Skilled Care Center, it makes us all wonder about the safety are aging loved ones.

It appears that an 81-year-old resident was trying to crawl through a window when she fell and suffered a fractured neck causing her death. A preliminary investigation revealed that part of the window screen and edging around the screen had been pushed out. The window was approximately four feet above the ground.

Nursing homes are required to train staff members, determine which residents have a high risk for wandering, and should install door alarms as well as cameras in order to monitor residents. Did this nursing home assess her risk of wandering and have a plan of care? A state document outlined safety code violations in the special care unit where she lived. The report identified fire doors that wouldn't open properly when fire alarms were tested. There was no mention of any issue with windows, and personnel refused to say whether the windows had locks or alarms.

This case highlights the importance of doing your due diligence when researching nursing homes and assisted living facilities. After you choose a facility, visit often, especially at shift changes. Make unannounced visits. Are there enough staff members and do they interact with the patients. Are there alarms on the doors and windows to alert staff members if a patient tries to leave?

When nursing homes fail to have proper procedures in place or fail to adhere to procedure they may be liable for the injuries or wrongful deaths. Obviously, no amount of money can compensate a family for the loss of a loved one, but if you believe that your loved one was the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you may be entitled to compensation. Due to the complexity of these types of cases, plaintiffs may face serious financial hardship as the bills keep coming. Often times, they do not have the financial resources to wait for their case to settle.

Lawsuit Financial offers a pre-settlement cash advance so plaintiffs have the staying power to await fair compensation for their loss rather than accepting a speedy, low-cost settlement. A lawsuit cash advance is a strategic tool to help your attorney maximum case value. Contact Lawsuit Financial to learn more about how lawsuit funding can help your case.