It is difficult to know how to proceed when you suspect your elderly loved one is suffering from nursing home negligence. How do you confirm your suspicions? What are the appropriate next steps? Who can you contact for help?
If you suspect negligence or any other type of nursing home abuse, keep an eye out for the following warning signs:
- Poor hygiene
- Bruising and injuries
- Lack of nutrition
- Depression and other psychological issues
If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait to contact the Anthony Urban Law Offices, P.C. The sooner you involve an attorney and begin documenting evidence, the sooner we can help remove your loved one from an unsafe situation.
Types of Negligence
A few examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Failure to keep the facility sanitary for residents – If a nursing home accepts Medicare, the facility must follow the standards of care set forth by Federal Regulations. This includes keeping the common rooms and resident rooms clean for patients.
- Failure to keep the facility free of hazards – From slip and fall accidents to violence between patients, staff must keep the facility safe for all residents. This applies to all hazards the staff is aware of; they are not held accountable for hazards they were reasonably unaware of.
- Failure to administer or provide proper medical treatment – This encompasses administering the proper medication, using the proper equipment, and everything in between. Nursing home patients expect (and pay for) a certain standard of medical care, and this must be upheld for the safety of the patient.
- Negligent supervision – Residents with a history of self-harm, as well as those who’ve shown signs of being a danger to themselves, must be kept under supervision. This includes patients who are prone to falling or tripping.
- Negligent employees or hiring – If an employee is found guilty of negligence, or of abusing a patient, the responsibility falls not only on the employee, but also on the facility itself. Negligent hiring practices – such as incomplete background checks, improper training methods, etc. – will be called into question.
If your loved one required surgery or hospitalization after nursing home care or suffered from bed sores or pressure ulcers, sepsis, fractures from falling down, malnutrition, dehydration, asphyxiation (choking or airway obstruction from solid food or pill form medicine), or health conditions for not receiving the proper dosage or medication, please contact Law Offices of Anthony Urban for help.
Contact our Schuylkill County nursing home negligence attorneys at the Anthony Urban Law Offices, P.C. for immediate help.
Our attorneys believe that no one – no matter their age – should suffer from negligence or abuse. Backed by over 60 years of experience, we will work with you to build a case that gets you the compensation your family deserves.
Contact our lawyers 24/7 at (888) 268-0023 to begin building a case.