If an aging loved one, most likely a parent, is already in a nursing home, or you are considering helping them find one for the long term (or even just a short term for a rehabilitation stint perhaps for a knee or hip replacement), do your homework! Many nursing homes have typical challenges due to employee turnover and lack of budget. This can result in less than stellar reputations; others may be guilty of serious infractions and still be hiding a backlog of complaints that have not been addressed or shared with family members or the public.
If your loved one has been injured through negligence at a nursing home, consult with a nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible, and especially if there has been a long wait for an investigation to launch regarding an accident or fatality. Usually, long time periods between investigations are due to an unfortunate, long list of accidents and violations for nursing home administrators and inspectors to examine further. This may be extremely upsetting to you if you are worried about your parent or if they died while in a nursing home, but such delayed action—and negligent behavior—are all too common.
Everyone involved usually cites a lack of employees—whether during instances of negligence or in explaining why cases have not been investigated. Nursing shortages are often blamed even in times of serious infractions by others. Using the excuse of overwork and exhaustion, others may have put elderly patients in harm’s way—and sometimes deliberately, in cases of abuse. Health issues may begin with bed sores or simple errors in keeping charts and escalate to giving out the wrong doses of medicine, ignoring sanitary measures, and more.
Patients may die tragically, or may be prone to infections, fall and experience concussions or even traumatic brain injuries, or broken bones, sprains, and more, or they may simply be left on their own for far too many hours at a time. If you are in the process of looking for a nursing home, ask for access to their ‘track record,’ and inquire as to whether there is a backlog on any pending investigations. If you are dealing with an injured loved one, do not go it alone! Call for legal assistance immediately. If you or a loved one have been injured in a nursing home due to the negligence of others, contact our office as soon as possible. With over 30 years of experience in accidental and personal injury practice, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a skilled nursing home neglect attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online