Injuries to Residents/Patients in Nursing Homes
Do you suspect someone you love is a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse?
It is illegal for a nursing home to neglect or abuse its patients or residents. There are state and federal laws that protect nursing home patients and residents, and that guarantee them certain rights. There are many reasons that patients or residents in nursing homes or long-term care facilities suffer nursing home abuse or neglect. Often, nursing home staff are overworked, poorly trained and/or receive low wages. Also, neglect occurs when a nursing home owner tries to cut corners and reduce costs by skimping on staff or supplies. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, half of the nursing homes in the Unites States are understaffed.
There are many ways that the elderly suffer abuse or neglect in nursing homes. The following are some common signs or problems to look for:
- Elder neglect
- Suspicious, sudden or unexpected coma or death
- Pressure sores or skin ulcers
- Bed sores
- Falls or fractured bones
- Suspected sexual abuse
- Improper medication
- Poor hygiene
- Poor wound care
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Sepsis or infection
Villari, Brandes & Giannone has extensive legal experience representing nursing home residents/patients and their families in cases against nursing homes and long-term care facilities. If you or a loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home or long-term care facility, there is something you can do. Don’t allow yourself or a loved one to continue to suffer that neglect or abuse. Call our law firm today for a free consultation! Villari, Brandes & Giannone will help you or your loved one get justice and proper compensation for injuries and damages suffered.