As nursing home abuse lawyers , it is not often that we are shocked by a case of abuse or negligence. Every once in a while, however, we come across a story that is so disturbing, that it’s hard to imagine any type of care facility allowing their care to become so lax.
On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, a 67 year old man was taken to the Via Christi Hospital in Kansas for chest pains. The doctors discovered that the resident of the Deseret HealthCare and Rehabilitation center had open sores and maggots on his feet. The police were called and the victim told them that he was being mistreated at the facility.
Facility Shows Poor Track Record
Melisa Land, the Deseret HealthCare and Rehabilitation’s administrator, would not discuss the patient. Below is the statement she did release;
“However, we are taking these allegations seriously. We are currently investigating the situation and fully cooperating with the proper agencies…As always, the Deseret commitment is to the health and safety of each and every resident — including the resident making the allegation.”
This incident has brought up the home’s poor record. In the latest inspection in April, the facility was cited for twenty-five violations, a number that is significantly higher than the state average of eleven and the national average of eight. Officials found a rusty floor vent, a broken call light, a resident whose toenails had grown an inch from the tip of the toes, and a resident’s bed left with urine soaked sheets. These are serious deficiencies that put the residents at risk for physical harm.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the home has received poor performance reviews. In December 2008, 47 citations were handed out, and in December 2009, another 24.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you have witnessed your loved one being abused, you have noticed any strange bruises, scratches or sores, or you fear that the care they are receiving may be considered negligent or abusive, our professionals can address your questions and concerns. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation with one of our nursing home abuse lawyers at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.