NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE AND NEGLECT
According to health officials there are about 1.4 to 1.5 million people living in nursing homes in the United States. While many nursing homes provide excellent care for older and sick individuals, some long-term care facilities disregard residents' health and well-being, causing the neglect and suffering of vulnerable patients. In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) says that roughly 95% of nursing home residents have been neglected or have witnessed neglect in the United States.
Nursing homes across the country have been found guilty of providing poor patient care through under-staffing, improper training, and poor management among other common nursing home issues. Long-term care providers are supposed to be advocates for the elderly under their care. However, many nursing home employees have victimized patients through emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, taking advantage of patients' completely dependent states. In severe cases, nursing home negligence has lead to the death of patients and the suffering of surviving loved ones.
If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or neglect, you have legal rights that can hold the responsible nursing home accountable for their actions. To see if you may be eligible to file a claim for nursing home negligence, contact AVA Law Group today.
We Represent Victims of Nursing Home Negligence
If you are considering filing a claim against a nursing home for negligence or neglect, contacting an experienced nursing home neglect attorney first is important. An nursing home neglect lawyer can provide necessary guidance for how to respond to specific cases of neglect and ensure that the resident's well-being and legal rights are fought for and protected. Along with holding the negligent nursing home accountable for their crimes, filing a nursing home negligence lawsuit can result in compensation for you and your loved ones to help recover from the abuse. To see if you may be eligible to file a claim for nursing home negligence, contact the nursing home neglect lawyers at AVA Law Group today.
If you or a loved one has experienced negligence or neglect in a nursing home, call AVA Law Group today for help. Contact our team at 1.866.428.2529 for your free, no-obligation consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse is categorized as the mistreatment of older adults by someone in a position of trust. Elder abuse can come in many forms in a nursing home, but can include the following:
- Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Caregiver neglect or abandonment
- Financial abuse, theft, or fraud
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect is a form of elder abuse, which can become extremely common in a nursing home when substandard care is provided or people fail to perform necessary caregiving duties. Examples of neglect in a nursing home may include the following:
- Bedsores or ulcers
- Failure to communicate with doctors
- Failure to recognize or treat infection
- Delayed treatment
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Medication errors
- Emotional or social neglect like leaving elders alone or consistently being unkind in treatment
- Neglect of personal hygiene like dental care, bathing, and laundry
- Neglect of basic needs like food, water, or providing a clean, safe environment.
Coronavirus Nursing Home Negligence
Over 20,000 nursing home residents have died across the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic, and many attribute it to nursing home negligence. Individuals in nursing homes are largely at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, especially given the elderly stage of life of residents, living in close quarters, and the majority having preexisting health conditions. Injured individuals and the loved ones of coronavirus victims claim that nursing homes failed to respond quickly and adequately to the COVID-19 outbreak, contributing to the spread of the disease in facilities. A nursing home may be responsible for your loved one's coronavirus diagnosis if they failed to:
- Failed to properly train staff
- Did not prepare the facilities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Ignored CDC and health officials orders
- Lack of PPE for staff and patients
- Crowded residents together
- Placed residents an staff in close contact with others infected by COVID-19
- Failed to inform loved ones of coronavirus outbreak at the facility
- Kept unsanitary conditions for the patients
- Failed to notify patients of the coronavirus risk.
Connect with Us Today for Help
If you believe you or a loved one may be a victim of nursing home negligence, connect with AVA Law Group's experienced nursing home negligence attorneys today. We can help you understand your legal rights during this trying time and pursue compensation for your loved one's injuries. We understand that compensation cannot reverse the crimes committed against your loved one. However, compensation can help hold the nursing home accountable for their actions and protect future nursing home patients from enduring the same abuse. By filing a nursing home negligence lawsuit, we can help you pursue compensation for:
- Wrongful death
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
Contact AVA Law Group today to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.