Common Nursing Home Injuries in Spartanburg and Greenville, SC
South Carolina and federal laws require that a nursing home resident not suffer a decline in health or well-being as a result of the way a nursing home facility provides care. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents do suffer such declines due to intentional abuse or neglect.
Traumatic injuries from falls are a leading cause of disability and death among the elderly in nursing homes. Residents who fall may suffer hip fractures and other broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), internal bleeding and other injuries. Nursing home residents also may suffer medical injuries due to negligent care such as bedsores, dehydration and infections.
The attorneys of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can investigate if your loved one has suffered an injury in a nursing home in Spartanburg, Greenville or elsewhere in Upstate South Carolina. If an injury was caused by negligence, our lawyers can seek to hold the facility responsible and help you to pursue just compensation. Contact us today to discuss your case.
Traumatic and Medical Injuries Common in Nursing Homes
Improper care or supervision of a nursing home resident can cause them to hurt themselves or contract medical problems that are potentially fatal. Negligence among nursing home staff can lead to such injuries as:
- Hip Fractures – Mobility issues, eyesight problems, cognitive impairment and certain medications put nursing home residents at risk of falls that can lead to a broken hip. Residents should be closely monitored and/or assisted when moving about the home.
- Head Injuries – Head injuries, also known as traumatic brain injury (TBI), can cause intracranial bleeding, cognitive impairment, seizures and other medical problems that can be debilitating or fatal.
- Bedsores – Also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, bedsores are typically caused by lying or sitting still for long periods of time. Nursing home residents who cannot move themselves should be assisted or turned on a regular schedule.
- Infections – Open wounds that are not properly treated can easily become infected. However, an infection in a nursing home, known as a “healthcare-acquired infection,” is often contracted due to negligence on the part of the home’s staff. Nursing homes must establish and follow policies and procedures for elimination of potential infection sources.
- Malnutrition – Malnutrition causes physical weakness, which increases the risk of infection and other medical problems. Malnutrition can also lead to injuries from falls among weakened patients. Nursing homes must ensure residents are fed or otherwise provided nutritional supplements to support their health.
- Dehydration – This may be caused by illness with high fever or diarrhea and by some medications, including diuretics. Dehydration may also be a byproduct of malnutrition. Nursing home residents’ vital signs should be monitored. Those who show signs of dehydration should be fed water or provided intravenous (IV) solutions if necessary.
- Medication Errors – Administering incorrect medications, incorrect dosages or medication at incorrect intervals can cause a variety of medical injuries. Nursing homes should enforce established systems for prescribing, distributing and administering medicines.
Contact an Upstate South Carolina Nursing Home Injury Lawyer
A nursing home resident who has suffered a traumatic injury or an unwarranted medical decline deserves compensation for medical expenses, unnecessary pain and suffering and other losses if the nursing home’s negligence has caused it. The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can help you hold an Upstate South Carolina nursing home accountable for the harm it has caused. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation and allow us to begin work on your case.