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Trusting nursing homes to care for our elderly or aging loved ones is a tough decision making. Despite the amount of research we do to make sure we can trust the facility, nursing home negligence does happen. One of the ways your loved one can be injured is through nursing home burns. Unfortunately, the most common manner in which nursing home residents are burned is when they are bathed in scalding water. Regardless of the manner, burns to nursing home residents can be painful, severe, and even life-threatening. If a nursing home resident suffers burns it may very well be due to negligence on the part of the nursing home. The Carlson Law Firm has a Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer to help you recover damages caused by a nursing home.
While nursing homes have their place in our society at large, the negligence of the people they employ does not. At The Carlson Law Firm, we take our responsibility to protect the elderly very seriously. We will aggressively represent your loved one and hold the at-fault parties accountable. We have more than 40 years of experience and have recovered millions of dollars for people like you. Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer.
What is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
The National Council on Aging, reports that one in ten Americans over the age of 60 experience some form of elderly abuse. These abuses often lead to a personal injury. Sadly, the most common causes of injury in nursing home populations is because of neglect and abuse.
Nursing home abuse is defined as the intentional harm from a caregiver that results in a physical or mental injury to a patient. This can also present as the infliction of pain or disability to a resident. Neglect, on the other hand, is defined as the negligence of a caregiver through indifference to the health or well-being of an elderly person. Neither abuse or neglect is acceptable when it comes to a population that is highly dependent on others for fundamentals like dressing, grooming, bathing or eating.
Elderly people have delicate skin that is easily burned. In many nursing home burn cases, they are the result of a caregiver giving a resident a bath in scalding water. Contact us to discuss your case with a qualified Nursing Home Burn Lawyer if you believe your loved one suffered a burn as a result of neglect.
Potential Burn Hazards
Nursing home burns can occur under a number of circumstances. Elderly residents have thin skin, lessened cognitive abilities and limited mobility. This can be a dangerous mix for an elderly person because it essentially makes their reaction time slower. A slower reaction time can result in more serious, or severe, burn injuries.
Nursing homes have to comply multiple federal regulations meant to keep its vulnerable residents safe. They must meet strict standards and inspections to prevent fires, burns and other hazards that affect resident safety. Common causes of burns in nursing homes include:
- Hot or Scalding Water
- Radiator or heaters
- Hot food or drinks (such soup or coffee)
- Heated appliance (such as coffee makers, curling irons or stoves)
- Unsupervised cigarette smoke or candle burning
- Accidental fires
- Chemical burns
This is not an exhaustive list of the causes of burns that can occur in a nursing home. In each case, a victim can be left to face a painful recovery. In fact, some residents who suffer a burn are left disfigured, disable and in chronic pain. Your loved one should not have to deal with a loss of quality of life in their later years. Families will often shoulder medical bills and may need to find their loved ones new and better care. In some cases, that may mean quitting your job to take care of your aging family member. However, you don’t have to face their injuries alone. We have Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer dedicated to helping families recover damages caused to their loved one. We can help you get the compensation you need to take care of your loved one who suffered a nursing home burn.
Many of the assisted living facilities and nursing homes still allow residents to smoke indoors. While many state and local bans or restrictions on smoking exist in public places, the regulation is not a federal mandate. Nursing homes put patients at greater risk for health issues and fire safety problems. Even if the nursing home has regulations in place, it is important to enforce these regulations, otherwise, a nursing home may be liable for any injury or death that occurs.
Bathing in scalding water is the most common manner in which nursing home residents are burned. Elderly patients with impaired senses or who are slow to initiate movement may not realize the water is too hot. Additionally, they may not be able to get out of the bath fast enough. Everyone has a preference for bathwater temperature. But nursing home staff have a responsibility to keep the ideal water temperature for their less mobile patients within a few degrees higher than the normal body temperature. Scalding water is typically around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). Elderly people are at high risk of developing bacterial infections from their burn injuries.
If a nursing home resident suffers burns it may very well be due to negligence on the part of the nursing home. The skin on elderly individuals is fragile. In a sense, it is just as fragile and tender as a newborn baby. Consequently, when giving a bath to an elderly nursing home resident, nursing home employees must be cognizant of the vulnerabilities associated with the resident. Sadly, many residents submerged in scalding water suffer serious burns.
Regardless of the manner, burns to nursing home residents can be painful, severe, and even life-threatening. If you suspect your loved one suffered scalding water injuries due to neglect, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a qualified Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer. We are available 24/7.
How to identify Burns Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Identifying burns on a loved one can sometimes prove difficult. Burns can happen on parts of the body covered by clothing, so it is important to look for signs of distress. Burns are categorized into four stages:
First degree burns are the least serious type of burn. These burns affect only the top layer of skin. Symptoms: Redness, mild swelling, and the skin is tender to the touch.
A second-degree burn is a mid-level burn. When a second-degree burn is present, damage affects the first and second layers of skin. Symptoms: Blisters, redness, splotches, swelling, and pain.
Third-degree burns are the most serious type of burns. This occurs when burns are present on all layers of skin. Third degree burns damage nerves and blood vessels which can lead skin to have a white and leathery appearance of the skin. Symptoms include severe pain, skin can appear black and charred or have a white or dry appearance.
Damage to the skin is so deep that muscle tissue and bone are charred. Burns are present in all layers (skin, muscle, bones and tendons) and risk infection. A fourth-degree burn is a life-threatening injury that may require amputation or extensive plastic surgery.
Mortality and morbidity are high among geriatric patients with major burns. The 65 and older population comprise about 10 percent of major burns. Burns that cover more than 30 percent of the body increases the likelihood of death and disfigurement. If your loved one has suffered an injury in a nursing home burn, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer. We are available 24/7 and your first consultation is free.
Nursing Home Liability
The National Burn Repository Adults found that adults over 60, are at an increased risk for burn accidents. Additionally, elderly people have thinner skin, poor circulation, increased chances of infection and less mobility. These factors predispose older victims to more serious burns that result in disfigurement and death. Because of this, there is a requirement for nursing homes to comply with regulations and safety inspections. Any failure to do so puts patients at risk.
Burns in nursing homes are largely preventable. Fires caused by smoking or open-flame candles are avoidable. Staff can create a safer environment for nursing home patients by properly monitoring patients and ensuring sufficient prevention protocols. Staff also has a responsibility to monitor medical equipment and complete inspections to ensure that the equipment is not malfunctioning. If you or a loved one suffered injury from a burn in a nursing home, contact our law firm to speak with a Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer.
Nursing Home Burn Neglect and Abuse
Nursing home burns can happen because of neglect or abuse. For example, when a patient suffers a burn, the nursing home has a responsibility to take care of the medical needs of the injury to avoid further damage like infections.
HOW Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer CAN HELP
Residents hurt in a nursing home by a serious or fatal burn injury because of nursing home abuse or negligence have the right to seek to hold the facility and its staff accountable for their wrongs. Nursing home lawsuits don’t just help victims of abuse and neglect recover compensation for their damages, but also act to send a message to nursing home and extended care facilities that the law will protect seniors, and see to it that abuse and neglect will be punished.
Burns remain one of the most painful and debilitating types of injuries. Patient burns caused by the carelessness of others can recover compensation from the facility where the burn occurred. If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse you should take action quickly and contact us online or call us at 866-404-3037 to set up a free consultation with a Nursing Home Burn Injury Lawyer. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.