Our population is aging. Presently, more than 1.5 million people live in nursing homes. Although some nursing homes provide good care, others subject helpless residents to needless suffering and even death. Abuse is an unfortunate but prevalent reality of our current care system. If you, or someone you love, is a nursing home resident, you need to be prepared to stop abuse before it occurs. If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to act quickly.
Often times, nursing homes are inadequately staffed and the employees are poorly trained. This may lead to a very painful existence for residents, because they depend on the staff for the basic essentials of life, like food, water, medicine, toileting, grooming, stimulation, and turning. When a nursing home fails to provide treatment, care, goods or services necessary to preserve a resident’s health, safety, or welfare, and the resident suffers injury, the facility may be negligent. Examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Failure to provide food or water or failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration
- Failure to assist in personal hygiene
- Failure to provide safe, clean and decent living conditions
- Failure to provide adequate treatment and services for incontinent residents
- Failure to provide appropriate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents
- Failure to provide adequate medical care and acquire and dispense proper medications, as well as failure to ensure that residents are free from serious medication errors
- Failure to prevent a resident from developing pressure sores; or, if a resident already has pressure sores, failure to provide proper treatment to promote healing.
For these reasons and more, it is important to ensure that you, or a nursing home resident you care about, is receiving proper treatment. Our lawyers understand the effects of nursing home abuse. We know the pain, and suffering that may result from improper care.
If you or someone you love has been injured or has died as a result of the abuse or neglect of a nursing home or its staff, you can call our law firm at the phone number above for a free consultation.