Nursing Home Negligence
WHEN NURSING HOMES NEGLECT THE ELDERLY
Families who are unable to provide care for an elderly relative place their trust in nursing homes to provide the care their loved one needs. So it’s especially devastating when nursing homes abuse or neglect the very people they are supposed to protect.
NURSING HOME ABUSE: WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
Nursing homes are often understaffed, so CNAs (certified nurse assistants) are required to care for more residents than they can handle. As a result, residents often must wait long periods—sometimes hours—for the care they need, such as assistance with meals and hygiene. Also, overworked aides have been known to resort to violence when they are overwhelmed or frustrated by the endless workload.
IDENTIFYING ABUSE AND NEGLECT
The attorneys at Friedman, Domiano & Smith are dedicated to bringing these offenders to justice. In our experience with nursing home investigations, we’ve found that most claims cite one of more of these problems:
- Bed sores (also called decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers)
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Fecal impaction
- Bladder infections
- Fractures and other injuries from falls
- Wandering off (also called elopement)
- Physical or verbal abuse
Our History of Success
Our legal team has worked on numerous nursing home neglect and abuse cases, and have been awarded large settlements for our clients. Read about our verdicts and settlements in related cases.