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Patient strikes face on floor after alleged hospital negligence

A patient in a state neighboring New Jersey suffered various injuries after a staff at the nursing home where she resided allegedly neglected to follow the home's policy for moving patients. The worker now faces criminal charges for her actions, although victims of hospital negligence might not be fully satisfied with the outcome of criminal investigations. Typically, medical malpractice suits are one of the most effective ways for victims to receive compensation for injuries and related damages.

At the residential nursing home where the 74-year-old patient lived, the policy concerning moving patients stated that at least two people needed to be involved in the process. However, a certified nurse assistant attempted to move the woman on her own. While in the process of being moved with a mechanical lift, the patient fell and struck her face on the floor.

Authorities who investigated the incident say that the woman suffered significant facial injuries. As a result, she developed two black eyes as well as swelling and bruising elsewhere on her face. Police also claim that the CNA moving the victim tried to convince another worker to say that he or she had been there at the time of the incident. 

The CNA is facing charges for willfully violating health laws as well as endangering a physically disabled person's welfare. No matter how short-staffed or pressed for time a facility is, patient safety policy should never be neglected. Even if a perpetrator of hospital negligence is criminally charged for his or her actions, victims in New Jersey might still want to consider the benefits of a medical malpractice suit and what such a claim might mean for recovery.

Source:, "CNA charged after elderly patient injured", June 3, 2015

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