Nursing Home Abuse
You trust a nursing home to take care of your loved one, but sometimes things can go terribly wrong. If a nursing home or a staff member caused your loved one to suffer or even die, you may have a case. Nursing homes and other senior care homes are often understaffed or lacking in qualified caregivers, which can result in the abuse and neglect of helpless residents. Gold, Khourey & Turak is experienced in nursing home abuse cases and can help you get the compensation and protection your loved one deserves.
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Nursing Home Abuse Case Examples
- Wandering and Elopement
- Medication Mistakes
- Mental, Physical and Sexual Abuse
- Bed Sores
- Broken Bones
Nursing Home Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
What is a nursing home?
Nursing homes provide a residence for people who can no longer care for themselves. Direct patient care is provided by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses/licensed vocational nurses and certified nursing assistants.
What is “nursing home neglect”?
Nursing home neglect occurs when improper care is delivered to a resident by the staff. Examples of neglect are broken or fractured bones, failing to provide proper treatment for medical conditions and poor hygiene.
What types of nursing home neglect or abuse can occur?
In addition to physical abuse, residents can also suffer from mental, emotional, sexual or financial abuse.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?
Any suspicious, sudden or unexplained change in a resident’s condition may be related to abuse or neglect. Warning signs can include bed sores, rapid weight gain or loss, fractures, falls, unexplained injuries, malnutrition, improper medication, poor staffing, and unexpected death.
What should I do if I suspect nursing home neglect or abuse?
Get help right away. If your loved one is in immediate danger, contact the police. If you have apprehensions about the quality of care being delivered, notify the facility’s administrator and discuss your concerns. Also, consider removing your loved one from the nursing home and seeking a medical evaluation by a doctor or hospital.
Who can file a complaint against a nursing home?
A complaint may be filed by the resident, the resident’s family or members of the community.
What do I have to prove to in order pursue a claim?
You must first prove that the owner of the nursing home or its employees breached a duty of care owed to the resident. You must also prove that the resident was injured by this breach of duty and that an employee’s conduct caused the injury.
Can I still sue if I didn’t sign a contract with the nursing home?
Yes. Although no contract exists, residents harmed due to improper care by the nursing home, or their surviving family members, may recover damages. You may have a cause of action for negligent supervision and care, negligent hiring and training of employees, negligent maintenance of the premises, or negligent maintenance of equipment.
Can the nursing home be liable for accelerating the death of a resident?
Yes. If the nursing home accelerated the resident’s death by minutes or even seconds, it may be liable. If the negligence caused additional pain and suffering, it may also be held liable to the resident’s estate. It isn’t necessary to prove that the resident would have survived if not for the negligence, but it must be proven that negligence occurred.
How can I find a good nursing home for my loved one?
If possible, allow your loved one to help make the selection. Ask your family doctor for recommendations. Make sure to evaluate the quality ratings of nursing homes in your area at medicare.gov. Pay several visits to any facility you’re considering and trust your instincts. Double-check your findings with your state’s long-term care ombudsman, an advocate who provides information about how to find a good facility and quality care. Locate your local ombudsman online at the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center.