Posts Tagged ‘Nursing Homes Neglect’

Nursing Home Negligence

By Thomas Smith

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Those who cause personal injuries, or make chronic illnesses worse due to nursing home neglect, need to be held accountable.   That includes directors, administrators, owners, and those charged with the day-to-day responsibilities of keeping our beloved elder parents, grandparents, friends and others both safe and well.

Personal injuries such as bedsores or ulcers, chronic diseases, and death often arise due to nursing home negligence.  These victims, and their families, are entitled to be compensated for any harm or loss suffered by this neglect or carelessness while residing in a nursing homes or rehabilitation facility.

Following Hurricane Irma six patients of a Florida nursing home died after spending days without air conditioning and failing to otherwise receive proper care.  Those responsible will not only be held accountable for money damages for these wrongful deaths, but a criminal investigation is also likely.

If you , a loved one, or someone you know has been injured as the result of nursing home negligence, you should contact an attorney skilled in holding such facilities accountable, or with personal injury trial experience, to discuss and protect your legal rights

Pressure Ulcers and Expensive Care Plague New Jersey Nursing Homes

By admin

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

According to a recent survey over 8 percent of New Jersey nursing home residents were reported to suffer from pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores.  This ranks New Jersey higher than the national average, which has a median rate of 5.9 percent, and placed them second-worst in this category.

New Jersey nursing home residents also fared poorly when it came to cost of services; ranking sixth-highest in the nation.

The report, sponsored by AARP as well as the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation, ranked NJ 26th overall after some of its problems were mitigated by nursing home practices that were working; such as 8th lowest staff turnover rate and fourth lowest number of patients prescribed anti-psychotic medication.

Eight percent of residents with pressure ulcers is a statistic that is not acceptable!  Pressure ulcers are avoidable and they are a sign of nursing home neglect.   If you or a loved one is not receiving the care you are paying for, and deserve, contact us immediately so we can help!

Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents often lead to death or immobility within six months

By admin

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Half of nursing home residents who have a hip fracture either die or lose the ability to walk on their own in the six months after the injury, according to a new study.

Recently published findings from the from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine indicate that nursing home residents older than 90, and those who did not have surgery for the fracture, were most likely to die or become completely disabled.   Of those who had not died, 28 percent were newly dependent on others to get around.

Results also showed “marked decreases” in various activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing or moving in bed, said Neuman, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care at Perelman.

“When nursing home residents can no longer ambulate, this restricts their ability to participate in activities at the nursing home,” said Lauren Beaupre, who has studied hip fracture at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.  “They will likely spend more time in bed, which can only increase their frailty”.

Nursing homes must take the risk of falls and hip fractures seriously. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals are obligated to identify patients and residents at risk for falling and develop plans to prevent falls. When a facility does not develop a plan, fails to develop a reasonable plan, or does not follow the plan, the nursing home or other facility should be held responsible for a hip fracture that results from a fall as well as the other debilitating conditions that result from it.

Nursing Homes Neglect – When Promises Are Broken

By admin

Friday, July 26th, 2013

We’re all getting older. As a country and individually. Our reality now has nursing homes as something those we love face in ever increasing numbers.

The increase in population of those facilities and the people who populate them tells us at least one thing. There is profit sought and made. With that profit comes responsibility.

It is not just round the clock custody, feeding, and sleeping facilities.

They are taking in people with real needs and real expectations. Their population is an aging one with expectable needs and recurring medical issues and risks. They are people often with reduced mobility, falling risks and bed sore problems built in to that immobility and time spent in bed.

While they might want to shield themselves by saying they can’t protect against these problems or be more aggressive or aware of the exposure you or your family member faces, the fact they seek to profit from offering to “care” for these people, tells us otherwise.

We’ve been looking into these problems for a long time and know the excuses offered and the truth to what these facilities can and should do, to actually give the “care” they promise.

If you or a love one has been victimized by an unkept nursing home promise, and been hurt by it, let us know. Our medical malpractice attorneys can talk about the details and see what can and should be done to provide the only thing the law can, after the injury has happened. Compensation, to the extent it can reduce the impact of what has been done to you or one you love.

For more information,  please visit our website at www.pralaw.com or call us for a free consultation at 800-432-LAWS.  Since 1929 we’ve been helping people when they needed it the most.   Contact us so we can help you.