According to a recent Fox News report, a 65-year-old man was left outside in the sun by his nursing home for so many hours that the man ended up dying as a result of heat-related injuries. As the summer gets warmer in Atlanta, nursing homes need to be aware of the risks of heatstroke and other heat-related conditions which can affect senior residents. If a nursing home fails to provide proper care to a nursing home patient and an injury due to heat-exposure (or any other cause) occurs because of the failure, the victims should pursue a case for compensation.
An Atlanta nursing home neglect lawyer can provide advice and representation to nursing home abuse victims and their families in cases where intentional abuse causes injury, but also in situations where neglect has devastating consequences. If you or someone you love is harmed because of a heat-related injury caused by neglect, or suffers any other damages due to a failure on the part of nursing home staff, you should get prompt legal help.
Atlanta Nursing Home Neglect Puts Residents at Risk of Heat-Related Injuries
The tragedy reported on by Fox News involved a man left outside and immobile for hours, unable to come inside or even call for help as a result of mobility issues and psychological problems. Because the man was left outside and could not escape the burning heat of the sun, he developed second degree burns. He also became dehydrated. It is believed these injuries and the exposure to heat caused or contributed to heart failure, which led to his death. At the time of the report on the tragic incident, an autopsy and an official investigation were still underway.
Nursing homes who want their residents to get time outside must ensure that seniors are monitored carefully in order to avoid situations like this one. Healthday reports that senior citizens may be more vulnerable than younger people to heat stroke, and may also be more likely to suffer serious ill effects as a result of excess heat. A study of 83 patients who were admitted to a hospital suffering from heat stroke revealed that a larger portion of the victims who passed away came from a nursing home setting. The increased likelihood of fatalities among nursing home residents was significant enough to prompt researches to caution that: “Heatstroke may be most lethal for people who live in nursing homes.”
Residents of nursing homes and their family members need to be aware of the risks faced by vulnerable seniors and should take steps to try to protect themselves and their loved ones. If a nursing home does fail to provide an acceptable level of care and heatstroke or other injuries result due to neglect, taking legal action is advisable to hold the home accountable and to recover for losses.
The Atlanta injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after an accidental injury. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.