My dad went into a coma because the nursing home worker didn’t give him his insulin. Can we collect for his damages and pursue a negligence claim against the nursing home?
Yes. When a nursing home worker is negligent, the nursing home can be held accountable for the actions of its employee. In your case, it sounds like the nursing home staff member was actually neglectful and forgot to give your father his insulin. As a result, you would have the legal right to pursue a claim against the nursing home.
Because diabetic patients can go into shock or a coma from hypoglycemia, nurses in the nursing home are supposed to check and monitor diabetics’ blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, nurses can forget to perform this routine task, or the nursing home might have been understaffed — causing workers to be in charge of too many residents at one time and leading to forgetfulness and neglect. Additionally, nursing homes have been known to not even stock the right materials needed for diabetic patients, such as blood sugar level strips. If this is the case, a nurse would have to guess at her patients’ blood sugar levels.
Whether the cause of your dad’s coma and damages were the result of a specific nurse or the nursing home in general, you should have a legal claim for damages. Please contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with a South Florida nursing home neglect attorney in a free consultation today.