A West Allis, Wisconsin nursing home is under investigation after a family made complaints about several unexplained injuries that their grandmother suffered while a resident at the facility. The lack of explanation for the injuries has led the family to believe that she was abused by the staff, even though an internal investigation revealed no wrongdoing.
The unexplained injuries include multiple bruises and a fractured jaw.
Unexplained injuries are one of the hallmarks of abuse by members of nursing home staff. When residents enter a nursing home, there is a reasonable expectation on the part of the family that their loved will be kept safe.
Once they have been admitted and an accidental injury occurs, it is incumbent on the staff to come up with an explanation for any otherwise unexplained injury because the occurrence of one type of accident can be a precursor for later similar accidents, and the staff must be in a position to prevent further accidntal injury. When the injury is legitimately the result of an accident, the staff should be able to provide an explanation for what has occurred.
Where there is no explanation, there is a reasonable inference that the injury was a result of abuse, not simple neglect.