Most families in West Virginia want nothing more than to provide for the needs of their loved ones. Unfortunately, those who are severely disabled or elderly often require care that is beyond what the average person can provide. As a result, families make the often difficult decision to place their loved ones in nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities. Despite the promises made by these facilities that patients will receive the utmost care, many patients fall victim to nursing home injuries. For example, three workers in an out-of-state facility were charged with crimes for their alleged neglect of an injured patient.
The incident occurred in Oct. 2014. Surveillance footage shows a severely disabled 51-year-old man, a patient at the facility, after he fell and suffered a heady injury. Authorities contend that two nurses ignored the man as he crawled on the floor bleeding. After approximately 10 minutes, he was reportedly dragged into his room by a nurse's aide.
Approximately 25 minutes later, he crawled out of his room with his wound still bleeding. He allegedly did not receive medical aid until paramedics arrived several minutes later. The two nurses now face a felony charge in connection to the incident. The aide has pleaded guilty to neglect charges.
Nursing home injuries often have serious consequences, resulting in pain and suffering and, in some instances, death. While some injuries may happen even with the most dedicated employees, a patient and his or her family should be able to expect that nurses and other staff will respond to an injury in an appropriate manner. For those in West Virginia who suspect that neglect, abuse or malpractice may have played a role in an injury suffered at a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, there are options for legal recourse to help ensure that other patients do not suffer similarly.
Source: ny1.com, "Two Charged with Neglect for Ignoring Disabled Far Rockaway Nursing Home Patient as He Lay Bleeding on the Floor", June 2, 2016