Nursing Home Injuries
Nursing Home Injuries often are unreported, as patients are frequently limited in their ability to communicate and report instances of neglect or abuse.
When a loved one such as an elderly parent, a disabled child, or an incapacitated adult has medical needs which require living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you understandably worry about possible nursing home injuries. You should be able to trust that they are treated with care, compassion and dignity and are getting appropriate and necessary medical care. Unfortunately, there are many instances where patients of nursing homes or residents in short or long term care facilities suffer unnecessary harm, which result in nursing home injuries. It can be as a result of abuse or neglect on the part of owners or administrators, or negligent acts of their employees.
Nursing home injuries occur for a variety of reasons, but some of the more common causes are due to:
- inadequately trained staff
- lack of background checks
- understaffing of facility
- lack of proper staff supervision
- low staff to patient ratio
Physical, emotional or sexual abuse in a nursing home or other long-term care facility must not be tolerated. Any person who suffers from abuse in a nursing facility must bring to justice those who are responsible. Besides the criminal aspect for these actions, the facility may be held accountable in a civil lawsuit.
Injuries may also result from unintentional conduct, and more commonly that is the basis of many nursing home injury cases. Bedsores, injuries from falling, untreated infections, injuries resulting from wandering, medication errors, and poor hygiene are some of the more commonly seen problems in nursing home injury cases.
Let us review the facts and determine if the facility may be responsible and should be held accountable for they harm they caused.