October 22, 2011
A lawsuit has been filed by a Toronto nursing home abuse lawyer after a resident died at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre nursing home from an improperly treated bed sore.
The lawsuit claims that the nursing home did not treat the 93-year-old woman’s bed sore for two weeks before she was eventually taken to the hospital. The elderly resident died from a systemic infection throughout her body.
The lawsuit accuses the nursing home of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
A separate health report says the woman died from “physical abuse by neglect.” An external review into the nursing home is currently underway.
Criminal charges against nurses at the nursing home have not been filed; however, seven nurses were disciplined by the nursing home.
When cared for properly, nursing home residents should not develop bed sores. However, bed sores and resulting infections are a major problem in nursing homes and are a form of nursing home abuse.