Nursing home abuse cases continue to rise with the ever growing number of elderly using nursing facilities. This trend will only continue, as insurance companies are increasingly requiring patients to complete their recovery treatment using nursing homes as an alternative to hospitals. This increased volume will strain nursing home staff that might not be equipped or trained to handle large numbers of patients.
Nursing homes are also attempting to control costs, and many are filling positions with under-qualified staff and cutting back on training. Reduced, untrained and overworked staff often result in patient injury.
Anyone who has received negligent care, or has been injured during a nursing home stay may be entitled to compensation. Nursing home abuse and neglect can take a number of forms, but includes:
- Dehydration and resulting illness from that lack of liquid
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Bed sores or untreated wounds, cuts, and bruises
- Unexplained injuries or falls that result in broken bones
- Mismanagement of current medical conditions, failure to monitor vital signs, and over or inadequate medication
- Failure to treat new medical conditions
- Physical abuse – assault, battery and/or sexual assault
- Failure to maintain personal hygiene standards
No one wants to see an elderly or ill person abused, but if you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you have specific recourse for compensation.