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Nursing home sued after woman has maggots living in ear

When Schenectady families put their loved ones in nursing homes it is because those family members need specialized medical care. When a loved one's medical condition is so severe that he or she cannot talk and cannot care for him- or herself, it is clear that a nursing home must provide the resident with significant care and attention. Failing to do so can constitute nursing home negligence and result in serious injuries or death.

Fortunately for one family, the nursing home negligence it is alleging did not end with a 92-year-old woman's death. Her husband says that she suffered emotional distress and was forced to undergo surgery after doctors discovered 57 maggots living in her ear. He has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home his wife was living at, arguing its negligence caused this infestation.

Nine days before the woman was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery to remove the fly larvae, she was brought to the doctor because of a waxy buildup in her ear. As she is unable to talk, the nursing home staff must have discovered the wax through an inspection. The doctor apparently gave her drops which the nursing home was to administer. The woman's lawyer is questioning whether the drops were ever actually given to her, however, as it took nursing home staff nine days to discover the bugs.

The day that she was taken to the hospital, the woman was scratching her ear and caught the attention of a nurse. The nurse then discovered a maggot crawling out of the woman's ear and called the nursing home's medical director. It was the director who eventually sent the woman to the hospital.

There is no reason why larvae should exist inside of a properly-maintained ear canal. When these kinds of things happen, it is highly indicative that a nursing home was negligent in its care of a resident.

Source: CBS News, "92-year-old has 57 maggots removed from ear, family sues nursing home," Ryan Jaslow, Nov. 30, 2012

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