Nursing Home Neglect FAQs
How do I protect the rights of my loved one?
Federal and state regulations, statutes and court decisions provide remedies for people who are injured, or who suffer neglect or abuse, while a resident in a nursing home, assisted living facility or adult foster home. These rights and remedies can be enforced through various means. State agencies that oversee the operation of nursing homes will investigate complaints against those nursing homes. These agencies can impose penalties on the nursing home, and direct that the nursing home come into compliance with regulations. If a resident is injured as a result of neglect or abuse, there are other civil remedies that are available to compensate the resident for this injury. If necessary, a lawsuit can be filed in the appropriate court to enforce the resident’s rights and to collect damages for the resident. Johnson &Associates Law Offices, P.C. is experienced in and committed to representing the rights of residents injured as a result of neglect and abuse in nursing homes. If we can be of service to you, please call us at (360) 718-2235 or click here and have one of our attorneys evaluate your circumstances and answer your questions.
How does neglect cause injury and death?
There are several types of preventable injuries associated with nursing home neglect. Pressure sores, or bedsores, can result from a lack of turning or re-positioning the resident in bed. They occur as a result of the weight of the body continually putting pressure on a particular area of the body. These sores can occur on buttocks, heels, toes, as well as other parts of the body. The sores usually begin as a reddened patch on the skin, and can develop into bone-deep, infected sores. These sores are preventable with regular turning and re-positioning of the resident. Another prevalent area of injuries is falls. Falls can result in hip fractures, head injuries, and a multitude of other injuries. Falls often occur when a resident is not properly supervised. For example, if a resident is not assisted to the toilet on a regular basis, the resident then attempts to toilet himself or herself and falls. There are numerous interventions that can be employed to prevent falls. Other types of injuries include malnutrition, dehydration, septic shock and aspiration pneumonia. Federal and state regulations require that nursing homes provide care that will help prevent these types of injuries. Johnson &Associates Law Offices, P.C. helps nursing home residents hold nursing homes accountable to these standards. If we can be of service to you, please call us at (360) 718-2235 or click here .
What if my loved one dies as a result of neglect or abuse?
Due to their vulnerability, nursing home residents frequently die as a result of injuries suffered from neglect and abuse. If a resident dies as a result of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, the resident’s family can bring an action for damages. State law provides for damages for the resident’s estate, as well as damages for the surviving family. Johnson & Associates Law Offices, P.C. is experienced in litigating wrongful death cases, and is committed to holding nursing homes accountable for wrongful deaths due to neglect or abuse. If we can be of service to you, please call us at (360) 718-2235 or click here and have one of our attorneys evaluate your circumstances and answer your questions.
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