Families across the state of New York and all around the country place a great deal of trust into medical facilities to care for patients and account for their safety at all times. Especially for families that lack the necessary resources to care for patients properly, skilled nursing facilities provide a desperately needed service. And while countless patients, and their loved ones, depend on nursing homes, there are incidents where negligence and abuse occur. One Colorado skilled nursing facility is facing several major medical malpractice complaints, prompting concern.
In one complaint, the two daughters of a previous patient of the facility in question allege that their mother died because the care home and her physician failed to address her medical needs. The patient was 80 years old when she was admitted to the nursing home in March of 2011. Shortly after being admitted, the patient’s family claims that her health deteriorated and they repeatedly asked the facility’s staff to intervene and have her transferred to the hospital. They accuse their mother’s doctor and the nursing home of causing her death.
The family’s wrongful death lawsuit notes that the victim’s doctor was on medical probation at the time of her death, and he refused to place the ailing patient on an IV treatment. State agencies investigating the nursing home negligence case corroborate these claims, adding that the care facility failed to implement proper infection control techniques.
In a separate incident, two patients complained that they were sexually assaulted by one CNA. It wasn’t until two patients spoke up and the nursing home conducted its own investigation that the employee was officially suspected of assault. He has since allegedly confessed to committing such offenses.
In three years, the skilled nursing facility received 40 citations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Source: bloomfieldenterprise.com, “Number of care concerns found at Broomfield Skilled Nursing,” Megan Quinn, August 25, 2013