Senior Falls While in Care, Dies Later in Hospital

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2017 – A Philadelphia senior, with dementia, fell while in care at a local elder care facility and died later as a result of his injuries.

The daughter of the man who died filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the senior care facility her father was in did not put a sufficient care plan in place to protect her dad from falling and sustaining fatal injuries.

The gentleman was admitted to a senior care facility in June 2016 and lived there until August 2016. His medical history on admission indicated he had a cognitive communication deficit and Alzheimer’s disease. Accordingly, he was assessed as being a high-risk patient subject to falls due to his uneven gait, blood pressure medication, and random and uncontrolled wandering. Although the care facility did take some risk precautions, the lawsuit alleges they were not adequate, which led to his fall, subsequent hospitalization and death.

The man’s family noticed that from August 5 until August 9, 2016 their father showed increasing disorientation, distress, pain and the inability to walk. All signs pointed to an injury below the waist. The man was also malnourished and had lost weight, making him more vulnerable if he fell.

On transfer to a hospital, it was discovered the elderly man had a comminuted intertrochanteric fracture of his left hip and required surgery. There was no mention of any accident or fall in his records. Despite requiring surgery, the man was deemed to be in unstable condition. A week later he had an operation to repair the hip, but died on August 29, 2016.

The man’s family decided to file a lawsuit citing negligence by the care home. However, cases like this take a long time to make their way to court or to be settled out of court. While waiting for case resolution the plaintiffs would need financial resources to deal with their usual monthly obligations and the medical, funeral and burial expenses. One solution to cope with these expenses might be to apply for pre-settlement funding from a litigation funding company.

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