For most people, falling at home is inconvenient and potentially embarrassing. It can be painful, but it is rarely a serious event. This is not true for many elderly citizens, particularly those in nursing homes. Patients who fall in a nursing home can wind up with serious bruising, broken bones, and in some cases, they can die.
John Satiro lived at the Sweet Brook nursing home in Williamstown, MA. PR Web states that while he was there, nursing home staff employed the use of a lift to help move him around. During one such time, Satiro was dropped by nursing home staff and was seriously injured Shortly after the fall, he died from the injuries he suffered. Satiro’s family hired a nursing home injury attorney to file a nursing home abuse case against the facility.
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The nursing home abuse lawsuit claims Sweet Brook has a history of nursing home neglect and abuse. Massachusetts has previously cited the facility for a failure to establish an infection control program, a failure to ensure nurses and aides are properly evaluated, and a failure to ensure residents receive proper nursing home care. Specifically in Satiro’s case, the suit alleges the facility failed to take adequate safety precautions when moving residents.
Nursing home falls are rarely intentional, but can often indicate other problems. Staff members are required to evaluate risks that new residents face when they move in to a facility. If the resident is found to be a fall risk, employees must take certain precautions. A failure to do so endangers residents and constitutes a type of nursing home neglect.