An 85-year-old female patient who suffered from dementia was admitted to an assisted living facility. At the time of her admission, the female resident also suffered from disorientation, memory loss, and other cognitive limitations which lead her to be unable to take care of herself without assistance. She was unable to walk independently and required aid from staff with all daily activities. Although the woman’s mental and physical limitations were known by the staff of the assisted living facility, the proper precautions and regulations were not followed in allowing for a safe environment.
The elderly woman was permitted to fall twice within one month while not being properly monitored by the assisted living facilitiy staff. After being found on the floor by staff, amounting to the third fall under the facility’s care, the patient suffered from a subdural hematoma. Shortly after the third fall, the patient was put into hospice care, and passed away from complications sustained under the care of the assisted living facility the next month.
The patient’s family contacted our firm to pursue claims against the assisted living facility and its owners. We were able to obtain a fair settlement award for the patient’s loved ones.