According to a report in the Everett Herald Net, the nursing home patient hit her head when she fell and also had a cut in her arm. The patient was taken to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center in Kirkland and then later moved to hospice care where she died.
DSHS investigates whenever a significant injury occurs that may have been as a result of abuse or neglect. According to Roberta Crawford, a field manager for DSHS, four reports had been filed with the DSHS hotline which triggered the investigation.
The Bothell police are also investigating this patient’s death.
Falls are not uncommon in nursing homes. In a 100-bed hospital, there will typically be between 10-20 patient falls per year. When environmental hazards such as lack of bed rails, wet floors, poor lighting, clutter, etc., are the cause of the fall, then there might be a legitimate case of nursing home neglect.
If your loved one has suffered a serious injury in a nursing home, you should contact a personal injury attorney with experience in representing these cases. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years representing victims of nursing home negligence and abuse and their families.
See our Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Resources.