Whistleblower: Her caretaker wasn't vetted

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  • Updated: April 17, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Bernice Martens was injured when her caretaker, who wasn't qualified to work with her, dropped her during wheelchair transfers. She died less than two weeks later.

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misterbutchApr. 14, 12 7:12 PM

from the nih: "Risk factors for aspiration or breathing in of foreign material into the lungs include old age" so i don't really see how being dropped contributed to her cause of death, which was aspiration pneumonia, which was likely just a factor of age. doesn't excuse the aide dropping her twice, but the lawsuit sounds like a cash grab on grandma's timely passing.

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forpeopleApr. 14, 12 9:11 PM

Mister, hope that when you get old you get better care than this poor woman got. Sad, sad, sad. We need to have some compassion for our seniors. Too you don't.

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cootoriginalApr. 14, 1211:33 PM

Immobility and hospitalization may have contributed to the pneumonia and subsequent death. Once a senior falls a cascade of bad can and usually follows. Dropping this lovely woman started the disastrous events in motion.

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gmamonkApr. 16, 1211:52 AM

The caretaker obviously had issues but why didn't the daughter-in-law assist? The lady didn't look big or heavy so shouldn't have been a problem to transfer. I also question how the lady managed in her apt or did she have help 24/7?

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Grin0048Apr. 16, 12 1:16 PM

At first glance it might seem unlikely that the company would be help responsible for the death IF the death was the result of being in the hospital, not of the actual injuries. However, as a company dealing specifically with seniors, they should be acutely aware of the risks that seniors face merely from going to the hospital. I think that puts on them an increased duty to ensure that their actions (or inactions in this case) do not cause their clients to end up in the hospital.

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