Have you or a loved one suffered serious injury or death while under the care of a nursing home?
We are currently accepting certain cases where nursing home residents were severely injured or lost their lives due to nursing facilities’ negligence. If you are in need of an Oklahoma or Texas nursing home injury or death lawyer, please contact us below for a free consultation.
When a family makes the hard decision to seek nursing home services for a loved one, it deserves the peace of mind in knowing that the facility it chooses will adhere to the highest standards of care and compassion.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Nursing homes across the country experience problems with inadequate staffing, poor management, and health, sanitation, and safety issues. Together, these problems lead to gaps in care that can cause serious injury to a nursing home resident.
What kinds of injuries are common?
- Falls resulting in serious injury or death
- Incorrect administration of medication
- Stage IV pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Sexual assault
- Wrongful death
- Other elder abuse and neglect
About 1.3 million Americans are nursing home residents, cared for in more than 15,700 facilities.
Recent federal data shows that most nursing home are not adequately staffed. What’s more, nursing homes have fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they reported to the government.
Since 2014, health inspectors have cited 1 in 8 nursing homes for having too few nurses. Federal records also show frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. Understaffing causes gaps in care, as it forces nurses and aides to scramble to perform their essential tasks like delivering meals, delivering pain medication, and assisting residents to the restroom.
Additionally, as numerous studies have found, facilities with lower staffing tended to have more health code violations. They also have more avoidable hospitalizations.
Patient care after hospitalizations can be particularly troubling. In fact, federal records show that 1 in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home “boomerang” back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections, and medication errors that are not properly addressed by nursing home staff.
Understaffing and poor management might also lead to neglect or abuse. Without adequate vetting and supervision, neglect and abuse can go unnoticed and unstopped, whether it occurs at the hands of a caregiver or a fellow resident.
These lapses in care are unacceptable and can result in serious injuries to nursing home residents. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a nursing home’s negligence, contact a nursing home lawyer immediately.
How we can help you:
The nursing home lawyers at Van Wey, Presby & Williams can help you if you or a family member have experienced serious injury or death due to a nursing facility’s negligence. To determine if you could receive compensation for your losses, call us for a confidential, no-cost consultation. We have the experience necessary to help you with your nursing home or elder abuse case.