A Las Vegas nursing home is being sued for the alleged abuse and neglect of an 89-year-old resident who told a nurse at the nursing home on May 20, 2014 to call the police, after which he pointed to his knee and stated, “the therapist.” No one called the police that day but the severely injured resident was brought by ambulance to the hospital the following day, for evaluation of his swollen leg and bruises about his body.
The hospital diagnosed the man with a severe left hip and/or femur fracture for which he underwent surgery on May 23, 2014 that required a blood transfusion. The hospital noted that the man had various bedsores on his body when he arrived from the nursing home, which the hospital reportedly documented was evidence of severe neglect.
The elderly man, who suffered from dementia, did not recover from his injuries and surgery, and he died in September 2014 at the age of 90.
A nursing home negligence lawsuit was originally filed on behalf of the resident in July 2014. After the resident’s death in September of that year, the nursing home negligence lawsuit was amended to add the resident’s wife, his estate, and his daughter as plaintiffs.
In August 2015, the plaintiffs’ lawyer deposed the defendant nursing home’s director of social services during which it was first disclosed to the plaintiffs’ lawyer that a nurse at the nursing home had filed a grievance/complaint report on May 20, 2014 regarding the underlying incident (neither the existence of the report nor its contents were disclosed to the plaintiffs before the August 2015 deposition).
The nursing home’s director of social services testified during her deposition that the filing of the report had triggered an investigation into the incident. The report allegedly stated that the resident had complained that he had been injured by the therapist, that he was afraid, that he did not want the therapist near him, and he requested the nurse to call the police. The nurse who completed the report stated in the report that the resident was fearful and was grabbing her hand.
The director of social services testified during her deposition that the report was an internal nursing home document and that she was instructed to not release it; the lawyer for the defendant nursing home provided a copy of the report to the plaintiffs’ attorney during the deposition.
On January 5, 2016, the plaintiffs’ lawyer amended the plaintiffs’ complaint in order to name as additional defendants the physical therapy assistant and his employer.
The Las Vegas nursing home negligence/abuse lawsuit is scheduled for trial in March 2017.
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