A Texas nursing home is being sued after a resident suffered broken bones stemming from an alleged breach in the standard of medical care. According to the lawsuit, the Dallas resident has filed a lawsuit against LTC Gulf Healthcare DBA Gulf Health Care Center-Port Arthur, as well as LTC-Park Manor, Inc.
The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff, a woman who was unable to walk, became a resident of Gulf Healthcare Center in 2009. In December 2013, her daughter noticed a deformity on her right foot, which was later identified as fractured fibula and tibia. The fractures were diagnosed as injuries requiring substantial force, which raised concern since the woman was unable to walk on her own. The woman was treated by an orthopedist, which included a cast.
Broken Bones under Investigation
The circumstances surrounding the broken bones and subsequent medical care is currently under investigation. The lawsuit alleges that the nursing home staff remained unaware of the injuries until the woman’s daughter pointed them out. Further, the suit alleges that the nursing home staff failed to provide proper supervision and care to prevent such an injury, and failed to document the events that led to the injury.
The woman claims that the nursing home and staff were willful in their actions. She is pursuing damages for medical expenses, physical pain and impairment, disfigurement, and mental anguish. The lawsuit seeks more than $100,000 in damages, plus court costs.
Protecting Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home staff members and caregivers are tasked with providing quality care, supervision, and medical attention if needed. When these standards of care are breached, the consequences for the resident can be dire. Fortunately, nursing home residents have rights, and should not be afraid to fight for them.
If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone while in a nursing home, and believe that proper standards of care were not upheld, contact a nursing home abuse attorney right away. It is important to be diligent in exploring your legal rights and determining if you have a case.