Nursing home falls continue to be a significant cause for concern in Illinois nursing homes. As discussed on the “Falls In Illinois Nursing Homes” page, falls occur on a fairly frequent basis, as seen in many statistics. Additionally, as seen in statistics, media reports, and lawsuits against Illinois nursing homes, significant if not substantial injuries typically occur when residents fall.
Recently, there was a lawsuit filed over the alleged negligent treatment of an Illinois nursing home resident. Among the resident’s alleged injuries that were caused during the fall were brain trauma that caused a brain bleed.
The lawsuit is discussed in various media sources, including the September 13, 2018 Madison Record article titled “Swansea Rehabilitation & Health Care Center face lawsuit over patient injured in fall” as well as the September 21 bnd.com article (with video) titled “Family says wife found man with twisted leg, ‘his teeth hanging out’ at Swansea center.”
An excerpt from the bnd.com article:
A family is suing after they say a 76-year-old man’s wife found him in a wheelchair Dec. 27, 2017 with his eyes glazed over, his leg twisted behind the chair and his teeth hanging out after five days into living at Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
That same day, Windsor Keller’s family says he had fallen down in the facility.
Another excerpt, regarding the lawsuit and its claims:
According to the suit, the nursing home knew that Keller was at a higher risk for falling, noting that he had two falls within the last three months and required assistance to stand.
Five days later, on Dec. 27, 2017, the suit states Keller had a fall at the rehab facility. His wife Constance said she found him after the fall that afternoon “sitting in a wheelchair with his right leg twisted behind the chair, with his teeth hanging out and with his eyes glazed over in distress.”
Keller was taken to Memorial Hospital, according to the lawsuit, where he was diagnosed with a brain bleed and a fractured femur. When he was admitted to Swansea Rehab as a resident, the suit states Keller did not have any signs of brain bleeding or a fractured femur.
Additional details regarding nursing home falls and the allegations made with regard to Windsor Keller’s care can be seen in the sources mentioned above.
Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Elman Joseph Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.
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