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Lawsuit alleges nursing negligence after man falls from bridge

The decision to place a loved in an assisted living or nursing home environment is usually quite difficult. In many cases, a family member has cared for the person for several years and is not able to continue providing that care. This could be for financial reasons or the person may need more medical care than the family member is able to provide.

Once your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect him or her to be treated well. Many elderly residents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's or mental disorders, so it is imperative that the nursing staff not only provides great medical and daily living care, but also keeps the resident from wandering off outside of the facility.

One facility, Lydia Healthcare, allegedly did not do so on at least one occasion. The family of a disabled man is suing the facility for not taking the necessary measures to prevent the resident's injuries and for negligence.

The complaint, which was filed on June 27, alleges that the nursing home did not provide the property care to the resident. The lawsuit states that the man escaped from the nursing home on July 2, 2016. He broke his left wrist and lacerated his liver when he jumped from a bridge. The plaintiff believes that the defendant failed to supervise the man and failed to prevent his escape. The patient suffered from certain mental illnesses.

The lawsuit requests damages in excess of $50,000 and a jury trial.

If your loved one has suffered personal injury due to a nursing home's negligence, an attorney can help you understand your legal options for obtaining compensation. Your loved one should never have to endure nursing negligence while in a Massachusetts nursing home.

Source: Cook County Record, "Lydia Healthcare allegedly failed to prevent patient from jumping from bridge," Louie Torres, July 28, 2017

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