When you trust the health of a loved one to a long-term care facility, it’s important to know they will deliver on their promises. Unfortunately, nursing home injuries and neglect remain a persistent problem when facilities focus more on profits than on serving their clients.
If someone you care about has been the victim of a serious or fatal injury as a result of neglectful treatment in a nursing home, it’s important to explore your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation and, perhaps more importantly, you’ll be doing the important work of exposing abuse and substandard care, potentially helping others avoid the same fate as your loved one.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Nursing home neglect takes a variety of forms. Often its causes are not outright malice so much as poor training or insufficient staff resources. Types of cases typically represented by a nursing home injury attorney may include:
- Bedsores: Elderly patients with mobility issues need to be regularly repositioned to prevent painful bedsores from developing — a basic part of care at any nursing facility. If your loved one begins to complain about bedsores, it may be a sign of neglect.
- Slips and falls: Elderly people are more prone to slips and falls. Often even a minor accident will necessitate a long recovery. Nursing homes should be equipped with handrails and other appropriate safety equipment, and they should offer preventative care to residents.
- Medication errors: Nursing home residents and their families count on care providers to ensure prescription medicine is administered properly. Medication errors can have a serious affect on anyone’s health — an ongoing pattern of mistakes can indicate insufficient staff training or other forms of neglect.
- Malnutrition and dehydration: One of the most basic responsibilities of any nursing home is to provide their residents with sufficient food and hydration. Failing to do so is clear grounds for a neglect lawsuit.
When to Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
It’s not always easy to spot forms of nursing home neglect. When you visit your loved one, pay close attention to his or her basic hygiene and the condition of the room; unexplained bruises and injuries, declining health, weight loss, and dirty sheets and clothes can all indicate neglect.
Look for personality changes, too. Strange behavior and declining cognitive skills can’t always be attributed to age. Take complaints seriously and follow up with staff to ensure your loved one is receiving the assistance they need. If you feel your loved one is not getting the proper care he or she deserves, it is time to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Getting Legal Help
The nursing home neglect attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. represent clients in central PA and across the state in a wide range of cases. If you suspect your loved one is not getting the level of care you were promised, or if your loved one was injured in an accident that could have been avoided, contact us first.
Our team often represents neglect cases on a contingency basis, meaning there is no fee unless we are able to obtain a recovery on your behalf. Your initial consultation is always free. Speak with one of our nursing home injury lawyers today to go over your case and examine your legal options in detail.