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Our population is aging. Presently, more than 1.5 million people live in nursing homes. Although some nursing homes provide excellent care, others are either incapable or unwilling to honor their commitments to their residents.
Nursing homes are often inadequately staffed and the employees are poorly trained. 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:
Nursing homes that receive federal funds through Medicare or Medicaid must comply with federal laws that require the home to provide a high quality of care.
If you’ve been hurt in a nursing home, you want a lawyer that understands the types of injuries caused by understaffing, neglect, and other dangerous factors.
You may have a family member or a loved one who is currently in a nursing home. These formerly independent and self-sufficient men and women are now totally dependent for their daily needs on the nursing home staff and administration where they live. Plus, this assisted care may cost as much as $40,000 all the way up to $100,000 per year. Patients in nursing homes deserve the best care, but often they do not receive the care they deserve.
When the federal government passed the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, nursing home residents were guaranteed certain rights:
Can a nursing home be held responsible for a resident’s injury if negligence is found?
Yes. Nursing homes are held accountable to similar standards of care that you would expect from any hospital or other health care facility. Nursing homes can be held liable for negligence, and you can seek financial compensation for damages suffered because of that negligence to you, a family member, or a loved one.
How prevalent is understaffing?
Very prevalent. A recent congressional report shows that more than half (54 percent) of American nursing homes are understaffed. Understaffing leads to nursing home neglect and abuse, including increases in bedsores and malnutrition and dehydration.
How much is my Nursing Home abuse claim worth?
Each case is different and dependent on its own facts. It is impossible to answer such a question until the injured person has finished medical treatment.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
Each case is different and is dependent up on its unique facts. It’s difficult to even venture a guess without a thorough knowledge of the facts of the case, the injuries, and the parties involved. Generally, the more complicated the case, the longer it takes to settle. Also, the settlement process can’t even begin until the injured person’s medical treatment is finished. The cost of the medical treatment will figure into the settlement.
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