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Nursing Home Staff Neglect Fractures Resident’s Leg

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Providence Place nursing home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a nursing assistant did not transfer a resident according to her care plan, which required the use of a mechanical lift and two staff members. As a result, the resident sustained multiple spiral fractures of the tibia and fibula.

The Department investigated the matter and found that during the facility’s internal investigation, the nursing assistant denied having any information about the causal factors regarding the resident’s injuries, claiming that a second employee had helped her transfer the resident with a mechanical lift. The Department’s investigation determined that no one helped the nursing assistant and she did not use the mechanical lift.  The MDH determined that the care giver was responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. H5271155]

The most recent annual inspection of Providence Place by the federal and state government (March 30, 2012) resulted in deficiencies for

  • failing to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, or failing to report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents
  • failing to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property
  • failing to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores

Click here to learn more information about the annual government inspections for Providence Place available on Medicare’s website.

If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to nursing home neglect, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.