There are roughly 18,000 nursing homes in the United States which care for about 1.6 million seniors. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always provide the level of care that is expected of them by families who have entrusted their loved ones to their care, and by the law. The result is that many residents are injured and sometimes die for a variety of reasons, all centered on abuse in one form or other.
The Clock is Ticking
If you feel your loved one is being abused then do contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to protect your/their right to gain the compensation deserved. While the applicable laws vary according to the state, in general nursing home abuse is governed by a statute of limitations, which implies there is a stipulated time in which you have to file your claim.
Some Signs to Look For
According to a recent study, over half the lawsuits relating to nursing home abuse involved the death of a patient. This was closely followed by instances of pressure sores, dehydration and weight loss, and emotional distress. Some of the common causes of action in nursing home lawsuits were:
Restraint of the elder for the staff’s convenience
Depriving a patient of a wheelchair or walker which is akin to false imprisonment
Raping an inmate in a nursing home facility
Failure to screen employees and conduct suitable background checks
Inducing residents to the facility and failing to deliver on promises
Slip and fall injuries because of known hazardous conditions or conditions the facility ought to have known about
Malnutrition or dehydration because of failure to provide required assistance when eating or drinking
An Internal Shakeup
In general, all the foregoing incidents are different violations, but are all covered by injury law. A personal injury attorney will be able to advise you on how to proceed with making a claim for a suitable amount of compensation. More significantly, a claim would highlight malpractices at the facility and could serve to bring this issue into the limelight and the culprits could be prosecuted. If that involves an entire management replacement, so be it.