Nursing Home Neglect lawsuits provide answers when nursing home staff are unwilling to be honest with a patient’s family about poor medical conditions and outcomes. Nursing Home Injury lawsuits also provide for a sense of justice with compensation and financial security for future medical care and lost income.
There is also a societal benefit. As a result of nursing home neglect lawsuits, and holding negligent nursing homes responsible when they fall below a professional standard of care, the nursing home standards of care are enforced and improved by the deterrent effect and threat of future lawsuits.
In other words, nursing home litigation make the entire system safer so more families do not suffer the same adverse events.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die from dangerous falls each year. Residents who survive falls may sustain hip or head injuries which can lead to permanent disabilities.
Because of the new surroundings and staff neglect, many newly admitted nursing home residents will suffer a fall shortly after their arrival. Understaffing is a big factor in these injuries, and the management of nursing homes have a responsibility to prevent falls and accidents.
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, and skin lesions can be very painful and lead to more serious health problems if not treated promptly. Nursing home staff are well aware that patients confined to beds need to be turned regularly to reduce the risk of developing ulcers. However, when nursing homes are understaffed or fail to properly attend to residents, patients suffer the consequences.
Nursing homes tend to settle out of court when accidents and wrongful deaths occur, and you may seek legal counsel to guide you through the legal process.