Has Your Loved One Faced Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes care for the most vulnerable elderly members of our society. When we place our loved ones in nursing homes, we expect the staff members to provide for their needs and protect them from harm, and families trust them to provide the necessary care and medical attention. Unfortunately, some residents of nursing homes or assisted living centers become victims of abuse, neglect or staff errors. This type of negligence forces our loved ones to live in pain and fear, when they should be enjoying peace and comfort. Regardless of the cause, nursing home negligence is tragic.

Individuals or families of individuals who’ve suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home should consult a nursing home neglect lawyer to review their case and offer advice on the best course of action.

Nursing home injuries or death may occur for many reasons:

  • Poorly trained staff
  • Inappropriate staffing levels
  • Medication errors
  • Infections
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Bed sores or pressure sores
  • Transportation injuries
  • Wandering off due to improper safety procedures
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse

One of the most prevalent factors leading to nursing home neglect is understaffing. When nursing homes cut corners and fail to hire an adequate number of staff members, there are simply not enough people on hand to properly care for the residents. While those decisions might save money in their budget, they can also put residents at risk. If you’re concerned that a loved one’s injury or death in a nursing home was due to neglect or failure to follow safety regulations, contact our office today to discuss your case.

The Law Office of Michael Tawil P.C., handles multiple types of nursing home injury cases including:

  • Bedsores are painful ulcers that form when a person who is physically unable or too weak to move themselves are allowed to sit or lie in one position too long. Bedsores should never happen. They typically occur on the buttocks, back, heels and head when the resident is left lying on his or her back without being moved periodically but they can develop on any part of the body that is left in contact with the bed or chair without proper movement and supervision.  Bedsores can worsen rapidly and the wounds could widen and go through the flesh to the bone.  If inadequate care of your loved one is suspected, you should check all the covered areas of his or her body and if anything is detected, pictures documenting the condition should be taken immediately.

  • Restraint injuries: Unfortunately, one way nursing homes deal with residents that are perceived to be too mobile or uncooperative is to restrain them. Many times this is not necessary and inhumane.  Improper use of physical restraints such as wrist or bed restraints, as well as chemical restraints such as sedatives, can lead to serious injury.

  • Nursing home falls: A leading cause of injury in nursing homes is falls. Falls can be the result of negligent maintenance of the premises such as slippery floors or obstacles in walkways, the failure to properly supervise or safely restrain residents, or in the failure to properly assist residents moving about in the nursing home or moving into and out of beds and chairs.

  • Malnutrition/Dehydration: Nursing home residents are often unable to feed or hydrate themselves and are also unable to communicate their hunger and thirst. Nursing home staff are not always responsible and diligent in providing for the needs of residents and in properly monitoring their physical and mental conditions.

  • Wandering off: Nursing homes can sometimes leave residents unattended for long periods of time or they can be lax in maintaining a knowledge of the whereabouts and activities of the residents. During this time, they may wander off the premises, where they are exposed to the dangers of the outside world, including accidents, robberies and assaults.

  • Nursing home physical abuse: In some instances, treatment of the residents constitutes physical abuse. These actions can include hitting, beating, burning or sexually assaulting residents.

We have a great deal of experience with Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse cases, and we will welcome your inquiries and questions about these matters. To schedule a free consultation with a Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse attorney, contact us at 914-281-1618.

Consultations are always free, and we don’t get paid until you do.


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