A recent article about a Pennsylvania family’s lawsuit against the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania in Scranton got our attention as Pennsylvania nursing home negligence lawyers. The family of Elizabeth LaCoste, a now-deceased Jewish Home patient, argues that Jewish Home workers’ negligence caused her serious injuries before her death in October of 2009. In our view as Philadelphia nursing home negligence attorneys, it’s shameful that this accident occurred at all, but it’s good that LaCoste’s family is holding the Jewish Home accountable for its failure to prevent it.
The accident occurred when Jewish Home patients were in center-city Scranton to watch a musical performance on the afternoon of August 1, 2008. Instead of watching over LaCoste, Jewish Home workers left her alone in a wheelchair on a sloping sidewalk. In the unattended wheelchair, LaCoste careened down a hill, went over the curb, and then flew out of the wheelchair into the street. She suffered a broken collarbone, a head injury, bruises and abrasions. The article did not say whether those injuries contributed to her death 14 months later, or how they may have affected her health afterward.
As I have discussed before, it’s unfortunately all too common for accidents like this to occur because of understaffing in nursing homes. In this case, we don’t know for sure that understaffing was to blame, but the description of the incident certainly suggests some negligence. Based on my knowledge of other cases we’ve encountered as Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers, understaffing often can result in careless, negligent behavior by workers. Even well-meaning nursing home staff can make serious mistakes when they are spread too thin or are inexperienced in their jobs. As a Philadelphia injury lawyer I have learned that nursing home companies essentially ensure that staff members are inexperienced and spread too thin by paying them so little that they have every incentive to constantly look for better-paying jobs. This is bad for patients as well as for staff members.
If you believe your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at an understaffed nursing home, please call Rosenbaum & Associates for a free consultation. You can reach us toll-free at 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 or contact us online today.