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Wrongful death among charges filed against nursing home

Thousands of individuals and their families rely on the services of long-term skilled nursing facilities to provide them with the level of care they require and deserve. And while countless people in California and beyond benefit from the assistance of professional nursing homes, there are cases where negligence and abuse have resulted in patient injuries and even death. One skilled nursing facility is facing major accusations for three separate incidents, including sexual assault and wrongful death.

The family of one patient has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Colorado nursing home, accusing the facility and one physician of failing to provide adequate care to their mother, who died from an infection she contracted shortly after being admitted to the nursing home. The 80-year-old patient allegedly became very ill quickly, and the family requested for her to receive treatment and be transferred to the hospital; though, staff and the patient’s doctor refused. The patient ultimately died.

State agencies conducted an investigation on the case, revealing evidence corroborating the family’s claims that their mother’s physician was on medical probation at the time. Furthermore, the facility did not comply with infection prevention guidelines.

In two other incidents at the same nursing home, one CNA is accused of sexually assaulting two patients. Upon receiving the first victim’s complaints, the skilled care facility allegedly decided her accusations were groundless; and it wasn’t until another victim was identified that the nursing home supposedly acted in earnest. The suspect later confessed to mistreating the patients.

The nursing home was ranked well below average in recent years by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, receiving 40 citations in three years alone. I is not stated if or how the facility intends to address such issues in the future.

Source: bloomfieldenterprise.com, “Number of care concerns found at Broomfield Skilled Nursing,” Megan Quinn, August 25, 2013

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