Nursing Home Negligence

Over 3.5 million people rely on nursing homes for daily care, but some don’t receive the level of care they need. Thousands of nursing home residents are neglected or abused each day, and the problem hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Recent polls found that 44% of nursing home residents reported they had been a victim of neglect, and almost all of those living in nursing homes (95%) say they’ve witnessed neglect at least once during their stay.

When a nursing home doesn’t provide a patient with the care they need, it can sometimes result in injury or death. In these cases, a patient and their family could file a claim for wrongful death or injury compensation.

At The Barnes Firm, we have experienced nursing home negligence lawyers who have helped other families like yours get the best results possible from a claim. If you believe a family member has been the victim of nursing home abuse or negligence, call us immediately or contact us for a FREE legal consultation.

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Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Homes

Neglect & Abuse

  • Insufficient Care – All nursing homes are required to provide residents with a certain standard of care families can expect and rely on. When this standard of care is not provided, it may be considered nursing home negligence.
  • Assault and Violent Crimes – Any type of violence is illegal. If someone has been physically abused while staying at a nursing home, the police should be involved. In these cases, it is also prudent to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney at The Barnes Firm.
  • Falls and Fractures – These are the most common injuries that happen in nursing homes, and they’re almost always preventable. Each nursing home has a responsibility to provide patients with a safe environment that minimizes the risk of falls.
  • Malnutrition – It is always important to have a healthy diet. This is especially true for those who require assisted care. Nursing homes must train staff members to provide residents with a well-balanced diet.
  • Infections – Infections can weaken someone’s immune system, making them susceptible to other illnesses and diseases. Infections must receive immediate treatment, or they can have deadly consequences.
  • Incorrect medication – This can be the incorrect dosage of medication, or the wrong medication altogether. In either case, a patient can become extremely ill if medications are improperly administered.
  • Poor Hygiene – Practicing good hygiene has an important role in a person’s health. Each nursing home should have a cleaning schedule, in which bedrooms and bathrooms should be regularly cleaned and sanitized to meet specific guidelines.
  • Verbal Abuse – Any threats of violence or harm in a nursing home should be taken seriously and immediately reported.
  • Diabetic care – Diabetes is a common disease, and it often requires special care. When this care is not provided, a resident can suffer kidney disease, kidney failure and other injuries.
  • Dehydration – Without water, a person’s body can experience dehydration within hours. It is important for nursing home staff members to provide residents with the proper amount of fluids.
  • Sepsis – This is a kind of infection that affects the entire body. In some cases, a person can enter septic shock, which can be deadly.

If a family member has experienced any of these symptoms or conditions while staying at a nursing home, Contact Us immediately or call us to speak directly with one of our nursing home negligence lawyers.

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Signs of Mistreatment

There are many warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Some of the most common warning signs include:

  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Any broken bones, including a hip
  • A nursing home resident harming another resident
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Patients are frequently sick
  • Illnesses are not reported to physicians, families
  • Patient is reluctant to speak in front of staff members
  • Injuries requiring emergency treatment
  • Hospitalization
  • Heavily medicated
  • Sudden behavioral changes
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Seclusion

If you notice any of these warning signs at a nursing home near you, Contact us or call us immediately for a free legal consultation.

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