Lawsuit filed after resident freezes to death outside facility

When you place a loved one in a nursing home in Philadelphia, you expect that he or she will be watched over and given the proper care that he or she deserves. Depending on the type of facility and abilities of those living there, residents may have the option of moving freely about the facility and even outside in the common areas. It is important that staff at the nursing home are checking on residents regularly to ensure their safety. This is especially true for those residents who choose to go outside, particularly in the winter. With Philadelphia’s cold winters, it does not take long for problems to develop for those who are outside.

This was the case for a resident who ventured outside her retirement home in December. The facility is equipped with alarms that sound when someone opens a door leading outside, but an investigation by the state found that the alarms were off that night and a few were not working properly.

The facility’s staff did not check on the woman, so they did not realize she had gone outside. She was found in the courtyard where she had frozen to death. The state revoked the facility’s license as a result and a lawsuit has been filed. The litigants are suing for damages of an unknown amount.

This is a clear case of neglect on the part of the facility. This woman suffered untold pain and agony after the facility’s staff failed to do their jobs properly.

Source: Fox 19, “Retirement home sued after patient freezes to death,” Jan. 13, 2014



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