The Estate of John B. Satiro is claiming that Massachusetts nursing home negligence contributed to his Williamstown wrongful death. Satiro passed away after getting hurt in a fall accident while staying at the Sweet Brook Transitional Care and Living Center.
According to the lawsuit, Satiro fell when he was dropped from a hoyer lift by nursing home staff that were trying to transfer him. He sustained “extensive leg wounds” and died.
The complaint contends that the Williamstown nursing home was negligent in the care it provided Satiro due to their failure to create a safe environment for him or ensure that the assisted living facility did not violate safety rules, procedures, policies, doctors orders, care plans, and federal and state regulations. As a result, claims his estate, Satiro was living in a facility where not only did these violations place him at risk of sustaining injury but he actually did get hurt.
The Berkshire County, MA nursing home negligence lawsuit points to an alleged pattern of nursing deficiencies involving inadequate quality of care, the failure to create an environment that is free of accident hazards, and not doing enough to make sure that each patient was properly supervised and received the help that he/she needed.
Massachusetts Nursing Home Falls
With so many sick and elderly patients prone to being involved in and getting seriously hurt in a Massachusetts fall accident, it is the responsibility of nursing homes to make sure that any dangers that could increase the chance of a fall are eliminated. This includes getting rid of step/trip/slip and fall hazards to prevent Boston slip and fall accidents and making sure that resident who need help walking or transferring from a bed to a wheelchair of bathtub are supported by experienced staff. For example, there may be certain lift devices that can only be operated safely when more than one nursing home worker is present. There are also proper safety procedures for transferring patients, even if it is just from a wheelchair to his/her bed. Bed rails, handrails on walls, and rails in the shower are also helpful to have in an assisted living facility to decrease the chance of a Boston nursing home fall.
Boston Globe Reports that Many US Nursing Homes are Wrongly Prescribing Antipsychotic Medications to Residents, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, April 29, 2012
Fighting Massachusetts Nursing Home Negligence: Patient Advocates Want the State to Only Allow Properly Trained Facilities to Provide Care for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, February 11, 2012
Proactively Choosing the Right Assisted Living Facility for Your Loved One Can Decrease The Chances of Boston Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, November 28, 2011
You or your loved one may be able to pursue Massachusetts nursing home neglect and abuse damages. An experienced Boston injury lawyer can help you explore your legal options.