Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing homes care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. These facilities have a responsibility to provide adequate care and treatment for their patients. Given the fragile nature of most of the residents' health, any negligence or lapses in care can be devastating, resulting in serious injuries or even wrongful death.
When a nursing home fails to provide that adequate degree of care, causing harm to your loved one, you have legal options to hold the facility accountable for the pain it caused. At Jacobs & Jacobs, we have the necessary experience and knowledge needed to successfully fight nursing home negligence. We believe that all people are owed dignity and reasonable care in their later years, and we fight for these individuals with determination. To discuss the injuries your loved one has endured, please contact an attorney at our law firm today at 203-777-2300.
How Jacobs & Jacobs Handles Cases of Nursing Home Injuries and Neglect
Our lawyers understand nursing home standards and expectations. We will thoroughly investigate the facility and the care it provided your loved one, looking for instances where errors or negligence occurred.
Common examples of nursing home neglect and injuries include:
- Bedsores: Bedsores (decubitus ulcers), are often the result of staff neglecting to turn the patient enough to prevent pressure sores from forming or becoming infected. If not treated, these sores can even result in death from infection.
- Failure to assist: Many nursing home residents are immobile and dependent on staff and others for help in basic tasks, such as eating or going to the bathroom. If they are forced to try on their own due to negligence by the staff, they can easily fall and break bones.
- Malnutrition or dehydration: It is not uncommon for facilities to neglect the most basic of needs—proper food, nutrition, and hydration.
- Over-medication or under-medication: Carelessness on the part of staff can result in misread charts and dangerous mistakes in medication. There have even been cases of staff deliberately overmedicating residents so that they do not need as much care.
- Transportation or restraint injuries: Proper safety procedures are crucial when transporting a patient or applying restraints.
- Wandering off injuries: Sometimes referred to as “elopement,” wandering off by your loved one can lead to serious injuries, particularly if the nursing home is in a high-traffic area.
- Sexual, physical, or verbal abuse: Instances of abuse are unacceptable in a facility that is tasked with caring for your loved one.
If a loved one is in a nursing home and you notice unusual changes, looks of fear, bruises, or unexplained injuries, talk to the staff. If the answers don't make sense, talk to an attorney at Jacobs & Jacobs to handle any case resulting from the damage done by nursing home negligence. Please call us at 203-777-2300.