A recently filed Wyoming nursing home negligence lawsuit reminds us that nursing home negligence claims are not limited to allegations of nursing home neglect, nursing home abuse, under-staffing, or patent on patient harm. The Wyoming nursing home victim alleges in his lawsuit that he was seriously injured when a poorly maintained and defective ceiling in his nursing home room fell on him and he was unable to protect himself due to his immobility resulting from a serious stroke.
The Wyoming nursing home lawsuit alleges that “The negligence of the defendant happened when [the plaintiff] was placed below a ceiling of compromised integrity. While [the plaintiff] was lying directly below said ceiling, the ceiling and materials above came crashing down upon [him].” As a result, the vulnerable plaintiff, whose movements were severely limited by the effects of his stroke, could not protect himself from the falling debris and he was seriously injured as a result.
The Wyoming nursing home negligence lawsuit that was filed on June 24, 2016 alleges that the falling ceiling caused the plaintiff physical and emotional harm that delayed and complicated his recovery from his major stoke and resulted in him incurring additional time and expenses in convalescing from his resulting injuries. The plaintiff is seeking approximately $100,000 in damages from the Wyoming nursing home.
Medicare’s official “Nursing Home Compare” website rates the defendant Wyoming nursing home one star out of a possible five stars overall, which means that it is much below average. The defendant Wyoming nursing home is ranked one star (much below average) for health inspections, and below average for staffing and for quality measures.
The defendant nursing home is owned by Sava Seniorcare LLC, which describes itself as “one of the largest providers of short-term and long-term health care services in the United States. Through our affiliated entities, we provide services through skilled nursing facilities in several states. We are committed to providing compassionate, family-oriented short-term and long-term care.”
It is frightening to imagine what the Wyoming man thought as he lay below a crumbling ceiling in the nursing home, knowing that he was unable to move or raise his arms in an attempt to protect his face and body from impending harm. One can only imagine how he felt, just beginning to come to terms with a body that did not react with the ease of movement that he enjoyed before he suffered his major stroke, commanding his arms and body to react to protect him from injury from the falling ceiling but realizing his efforts at self-preservation would be ineffective. One cannot imagine how he felt after suffering injuries from the defective ceiling, knowing that his hoped-for prompt rehabilitation from his stroke would be delayed and impacted by another cruel act of fate that he could not anticipate or control.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or other harm while a resident of a nursing home in Wyoming or in another U.S. state due to nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or nursing home understaffing, you should promptly contact a local nursing home claim lawyer in Wyoming or in your U.S. state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home case on your behalf, if appropriate.
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