Erratic Driving Lands Nursing Home In Court

vancrashUnknown to many, some nursing homes and long-term care facilities have buses, vans, and cars to transport nursing home residents to appointments outside of the facilities.  When nursing home take on this responsibility, they must take necessary steps to provide safe transportation. For many nursing home residents, this mean securing wheelchairs, providing an adequate supply of medication and staff sufficient personnel to assure safety.

This recently filed lawsuit, involving the wrongful death of a wheelchair-bound nursing home resident is a reminder that nursing home staff must take extra precaution when transporting nursing home residents.  The lawsuit against Fort Armstrong Assisted Living Center, claims the nursing home negligently restrained a resident during transport in a nursing home van.  The driver of the van drove erratically causing the resident to fall out of her wheelchair and become injured.

Nursing homes who are involved in the transportation of elderly are responsible for any injury occurring to the resident  during vehicle transportation, including:

  • Dropping the resident
  • Failing to secure residents
  • Negligent driving
  • Failing to monitor their medical condition
  • Improper operation / defective wheelchair lift

If you were injured in a nursing home vehicle contact my office to learn your rights.  If you are involved in a automobile accident while in a nursing home vehicle you may also be entitled to recovery for your injuries through their uninsured motorist coverage–even if the nursing home’s driver was not responsible for the accident.  Call us today.

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric