There comes a time for many families to determine the course of care for their elderly family members. For many, this means utilizing the services of a nursing home. Those who make this decision do so believing that it will be in the best interest of everyone involved, and that their relative will receive proper care, but sometimes this is not the case. Recently, eight nursing homes in Connecticut faced fines in relation to inadequate care; one case even resulted in the wrongful death of a patient.
The patient in question passed away after not receiving proper treatment. He was suffering from discomfort in his abdomen, and records show that he was not properly examined after these complaints were made known. No doctor ever attended to the patient, and apparently the nursing home did not have a procedure for handling this type of ailment. When the patient was found without a pulse, CPR was administered, but it was too late to save his life.
Several other fines were levied at other nursing homes in Connecticut. There were cases of patients not receiving needed medication, patients suffering falls while not being properly attended to, doctor instructions being ignored, and even one case where a patient was physically attacked by a private contractor. Whether these incidents speak to a larger problem in Connecticut’s nursing home system has not been determined. Other than the fines, officials have not introduced any plan for correcting the issues in these facilities.
The family of the patient who died may wish to bring a wrongful death suit against those responsible for the harm to their loved one. A successfully litigated claim may offer financial restitution to compensate for the family’s loss. Any money gained could be used for unpaid medical bills, funeral costs or any other expenses that may have come up. None of the families in Connecticut should have to deal with this sort of negligence, but there are ways they can seek justice.
Source: nhregister.com, 8 Connecticut nursing homes fined for care lapses, Kate Farrish, Dec. 30, 2013