Nurses and staff of long term care facilities have to monitor the residents very carefully. It is their job to make sure they remain safe and to do their best to keep them healthy as long as they can. Unfortunately nursing home neglect lawyers see many cases where the staff fails to monitor the residents closely enough and horrible accidents occur.
Man Caught on Fire While Smoking
An elderly male resident of University Park Nursing and Rehabilitation caught fire while he was smoking a cigarette outside of the nursing home facility. The man, who was in his early 70s, suffered several burns to his body during the incident. According to the Fire Marshal David Collins, his wheelchair had burn marks on the armrest. There will be an investigation into how the accident occurred. They would not release the man’s condition but he was taken to the hospital.
Every facility has different rules for each level of patients. Depending on age, health, or disease each patient qualifies for a different level of care and monitoring. Even if this man did not require constant supervision, he should not have been left alone while smoking. Besides the obvious health risks of smoking, especially once you get older, it is unsafe and negligent for the facility to allow their residents to be alone while holding something that could cause them to catch on fire.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy it’s time to contact nursing home neglect lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.