Nursing home residents should feel safe, respected, and like they’re being cared for by their own families. When nursing home facilities fall short of this duty, victims of negligence have a right to pursue justice with a nursing home neglect lawyer.
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Nursing homes must provide patients with everything they need to prevent physical, mental, or emotional harm. When staff members fail to give patients the level of care that a reasonable nurse in similar circumstances would, that is patient neglect. Neglect isn’t as direct as abuse. But over time, it can have fatal consequences.
When nursing homes neglect patients, residents could be left without the most basic human needs like food, water, or bathing for days or weeks at a time. Fortunately, there are ways to spot this injustice and legal action you and your lawyer can take.
Depending on your situation, you or your relative may experience many forms of neglect. Typical forms of neglect include but are not limited to:
Nurses must communicate with their supervisors and always know where their patients are. When nurses leave the nursing facility abruptly, fail to report to supervisors, or otherwise desert their patients, abandonment occurs.
Part of a resident’s recovery program should include social interaction with others in the nursing home. Isolated patients with restricted mobility are prone to emotional neglect.
Staff members must check in on patients regularly to monitor their emotional well-being and provide them with canes or wheelchairs so they have the freedom to move.
Each patient is on a specific recovery program unique to their condition. Nurses and other staff should be well informed of their patients’ needs.
This includes providing the proper medication or therapy to stabilize or improve their condition. When medical neglect occurs, a resident’s health can decline, and additional problems may arise.
A patient’s physical or mental condition could prevent them from maintaining personal hygiene. Depending on their situation, patients may need help bathing, changing their clothes, or even brushing their teeth.
Sometimes, neglect is so severe that residents don’t receive basic needs like food and water. Nursing home residents should receive at least three meals a day. Additionally, a resident’s room should be regularly cleaned and at the appropriate temperature.
Failing to care for patients and neglecting their needs could lead to the following:
If you’re wondering if you have a case for neglect, consider if you’ve witnessed the following:
The root cause of neglect can differ depending on the situation. But, the most common reasons are negligent hiring, understaffed nursing homes, and improper training.
Nursing home staff must be experienced and competent in handling each patient’s unique condition.
Furthermore, nurses and nursing home administrators must undergo a background check, be licensed by the state, and are accountable to their respective board of examiners.
However, state board discipline does not remedy the neglect suffered by the patient. For that, the patient needs a nursing home neglect attorney.
Understaffing is a standard method used by nursing homes to cut costs. It’s also one of the main reasons for neglect in nursing homes. The Colorado Code of Regulations requires nursing homes to have an adequate number of qualified professionals in each department to maintain quality care for each patient.
Negligent training puts residents in danger from unqualified staff members. Nursing home staff should undergo a comprehensive orientation and regular training.
The Colorado Code of Regulations requires each department to be under the direction of someone qualified by training and experience.
Staff should receive annual education on infection control, accident prevention, resident rights, behavior management, and other topics.
Nursing home neglect cases are complex. Depending on your case, many parties could be at fault. It takes an experienced lawyer who understands the system to uncover all liable parties. However, the underlying issue is the same.
The problem stems from the parent company that the nursing home answers to. This company uses various methods to cut costs and leave residents to pay the price for their greed.
Some parties that could be held responsible:
Nursing home residents have a right to be respected and cared for. When they aren’t, Nursing Home Justice helps you pursue financial recovery.
Negligent nursing homes and staff members could have caused you or your family member significant injuries. Nursing Home Justice considers all the ways lives are impacted by nursing home neglect and fights for compensation for the following damages:
When nursing home neglect causes the wrongful death of your loved one, the decedent’s surviving spouse or heirs can pursue a wrongful death claim and recover the following:
In some cases, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate may recover medical expenses
caused by the neglect.
Talk to your nursing home neglect lawyer today about your options.
Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to punitive damages intended to punish the negligent party for their reckless behavior.
In nursing home neglect cases, it’s crucial to gather evidence to prove what occurred. Such evidence
Every nursing home resident has specific rights that nursing homes must respect to ensure quality care
and treatment. According to the Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, patients have the right to:
If you or a loved one are experiencing nursing home neglect, you don’t need to suffer. There are many ways for you to take action:
We assess each case individually and ensure that you receive the compassion and attention you or your loved one should’ve received. Nursing Home Justice, led by attorney Mac Hester, will help you recover in the following ways: