When you entrust a loved one to the care of a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you expect that your loved one will be safe and well cared for. Nursing home facilities have an obligation to provide their patients with the appropriate level of care and to ensure their patients’ safety and health. Unfortunately, nursing homes and hospitals sometimes fail to ensure the safety and health of their patients, and loved ones suffer emotional, physical, or psychological harm at the hands of careless or abusive caregivers or due to nursing home neglect. Federal and state laws are in place to provide victims of such abuse or neglect with redress against the facility.
The difference between nursing home abuse and neglect is one of intent. Nursing home abuse involves a caregiver who intended to harm the resident. Neglect involves a nursing home’s failure to provide the proper standard of care, and can include medical neglect, social/emotional neglect, or neglect of basic needs or personal hygiene.
Injury to a nursing home resident can be caused by any number of factors, including falls, medication errors, bedsores, insufficient staffing, inadequate or insufficient food and liquids, criminal assault, defective medical devices, and poorly trained staff. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention identifies falls for people over 65 as the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and accidental death. A nursing home is subject to state and federal regulations regarding medications, yet people often make mistakes in delivery, overuse, or inappropriate mixed use of conflicting drugs, causing injury. Bedsores or pressure sores are common warning signs of nursing home neglect or malpractice. If a nursing home fails to provide the proper care, bedsores can develop and worsen, causing pain and irritation, infection, loss of skin, and, if untreated, loss of muscle and/or bone, and even death. Other factors leading to a resident’s injury may be just as complicated. It requires an experienced, caring, and committed legal team to help navigate the issues.
Meenan & Associates has experience in representing victims of nursing home neglect or abuse, and in developing successful legal strategies in these matters. Most importantly, Meenan & Associates will dedicate the appropriate time and resources required to ensure you obtain justice and compensation, never compromising your best interests.