Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Jun 14, 2013 in Personal Injury
Police are now investigating the case of an 88-year-old nursing home patient who suffered a serious head wound from unknown causes at Kaufman Healthcare Center in Texas.
When a hospice nurse visited the elderly patient at approximately 7:45 a.m. on a Friday morning in June, the nurse discovered that the patient had a large gash on her forehead that had turned most of her face black and blue. Although police are currently searching for a cause it appears to be a case of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Our Fort Worth injury lawyers know that most estimates indicate that more than one million seniors are subjected to some type of abuse each year at the hands of caregivers and nursing homes. Sadly, this recent incident is not an uncommon occurrence, but it does serve as a reminder that families should always fully explore the nursing home they select for their loved one and continue to make regular visits.
The family of the elderly woman was disturbed to learn of her injury and understandably wants to know what happened. When nursing home healthcare providers neglect their duties or abuse the patients outright, the family deserves justice for the pain they have suffered.
According to reports, the nursing home has been less than forthcoming about the patients injuries. When doctors examined her they described the injury as grave, noting that it appeared she had been hit with a great deal of force by a sharp object.
Kaufman Healthcare Center maintained the elderly patients gash was the result of her being hit in the head by a door, but doctors and witnesses do not believe this is a plausible story. The nursing home administrator has declined to comment on the incident.
Families with elderly relatives should always check in on their loved one and ask, if possible, about the care they are receiving there. Any hesitancy to discuss the facility or their experiences there may signal a deeper issue pertaining to abuse or neglect.