More than 2.5 million Americans live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and every year too many of these vulnerable people die from preventable conditions, such as malnutrition, dehydration, or infections caused by bedsores. Thousands more are injured, exploited or maltreated.
It’s hard enough to put your loved one in a care facility, but when you hear about nursing home abuse, it can break your heart.
Every year in the United States, too many elders are abused while in the care of nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Abuse is something that should never be tolerated. Elders are placed into a home to receive a high level of care that they are unable to maintain on their own. Those in charge are given a high responsibility that should be done with the greatest level of compassion and service.
Still, this is not always found. Signs of neglect include:
- Bed sores
- Weight loss
- Recurring infections, bruises
- Medication errors – too much, not enough
- Poor hygiene
- Unexplained injuries
A nursing home can be found directly liable for injuries to your family member; however, the injured resident would need to produce evidence that the nursing home had actual knowledge of the issue that led to the harm.
A nursing home owes a duty to its residents to use reasonable care to ensure its facilities and equipment are adequate, select and retain competent staff, oversee the care its employees give, and enforce rules and policies to ensure adequate care.
Federal regulations provide requirements for care in a nursing home. This includes the right to be treated with dignity and respect. A nursing home can be found negligent if they fail to comply with an applicable statute.
Abuse can come in many forms. It is not only a person at home, but those in professional nursing home facilities. When a claim of abuse arises, it should be handled by a capable attorney with the knowledge and commitment to deal with it effectively.
If a family member is injured while in the care of a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering. At the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck we take pride in assisting families whose parents have suffered due to neglect and abuse. To learn more about Elder Abuse and how our law firm can help you visit us online.