After finding their mother, Ms. Angela Guerra, with deep facial cuts and a fractured eye socket, the son and daughter still do not have a clear explanation of her injuries. Ms. Guerra is a 57-year old woman suffering from dementia and is a resident of Woodridge Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Adams County, Colorado.
Ms. Guerra’s facial injuries and her dirty and unkempt appearance call into question Woodridge’s ability to provide safe and adequate treatment and supervision to its residents. Ms. Guerra’s children reported that the facility was uncooperative when they tried to determine what had actually happened to their mother. Without better care and communication with residents’ family members, this facility is putting itself at risk for future problems. Injuries that go unexplainedI frequently get telephone calls from families who are concerned about the safety of family at nursing homes following the occurrence of unexplained injuries. The reality is that we will probably never know what really happened in many of these incidents. However, a thorough and timely investigation can help provide some insight to what may have occurred.Along these lines, I always encourage families to trust their instinct when they are presented with a suspicious circumstance surrounding an injury. A careful analysis of the circumstances can provide answers and can help the family determine if they wish to pursue a claim or lawsuit against the facility.Common types of unexplained injuries that merit further investigation include:
- Complaints of pain
- Sudden weight loss
- Broken bones
- Pressure sores
If you have a family member at a nursing home and are concerned that they might not be receiving adequate care and supervision, we would honor the opportunity to speak with you in order to address your concerns and discuss possible options to ensure that your loved one is receiving the best care possible.
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