Nursing homes are required to provide adequate safety measures and a safe environment for all residents in compliance with established safety rules
Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2012
Attorney Bernard J. Hamill recently filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit in the Berkshire County, Massachusetts superior court on behalf of the Estate of John B. Satiro against Sweet Brook nursing home. Satiro was fatally injured by a fall at the Williamstown facility. Plaintiff Satiro was a resident of Sweet Brook transitional care and living center located at 1561 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Sweet Brook Transitional Care and Living Center is owned by Des Senior Care Holdings, LLC, of Fort Lee, NJ.
According to the complaint (Berkshire county docket # 2012-1248) filed by attorney Hamill, Satiro was injured when staff members dropped him from a hoyer lift while attempting to transport him.
The suit claims that Sweet Brook nursing home had a history of deficiency citations from the state of Massachusetts which included:
A survey deficiency citation for failure to establish and maintain an infection control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment to help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection.
A survey deficiency citation for failing to ensure that all nurse aides meet competency evaluation requirements.
A pattern of nursing deficiencies for failing to ensure that each resident receives and the facility provides the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care. Quality of care deficiencies for failing to ensure that residents do not develop pressure sores. A pattern of quality of care deficiencies for failing to ensure that the resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible; and each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.
The suit has alleged that the nursing home acted negligently in its care for Satiro in that Sweet Brook: "failed to take necessary and appropriate actions to provide adequate safety measures; failed to provide a safe environment for Mr. Satiro; failed to properly administer and manage Sweet Brook facility such that it operated in violation of safety rules, physician orders, policies, procedures, state and federal regulations, care plans, and thereby placed John B. Satiro at risk to sustain injury, and did in fact cause injury; and failed to provide equipment that was safe and in good working order."
According to the complaint filed: "Satiro suffered extensive leg wounds and died shortly after as a direct result of the fall at Sweet Brook."
The Hamill Firm of Quincy, Massachusetts concentrates their practice on advocating for elderly nursing home residents and has a successful track record of verdicts and settlements including some of the highest emotional distress verdicts ever awarded in Massachusetts for nursing home abuse. The Hamill group encourages all residents injured by neglect in Massachusetts nursing homes to call for a free evaluation of their claim.
If an elder has been injured or died in a Massachusetts nursing home, they may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and or statutory wrongful death damages.
The Hamill firm represents elders victimized by criminal assaults.
For more information contact the Hamill group at (617) 479-4300 or use the firm's website contact form.