People in assisted living facilities or nursing homes are often the victims of neglect that leads to injuries. If facilities are not properly maintained and patients are not properly attended to, it can result in injuries and sometimes even death. From preventing bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers, to preventing nursing home acquired illness, caretakers have a responsibility to keep our loved ones safe.
If your loved one has fallen ill while in the care of a nursing home, they may have been the victim of negligence. Please contact the New York lawyers of Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP today for a FREE consultation with an experienced and trusted attorney who handles personal injury cases involving nursing homes.
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Examples of Injuries
There are several different types of injuries that often occur in nursing homes, each of which has certain signs to watch out for. They include:
- Bedsores/decubitus ulcers: Some bedsores, also called decubitus ulcers, are caused by a lack of blood flow to an area of the skin from extended pressure to one area on the body. Normally because people are moving often these sores don't happen, but in nursing homes people are not always able to reposition themselves in order to avoid getting these types of sores. It is the responsibility of the nursing homes to reposition the residents regularly at two-hour intervals to prevent bedsores. Keeping patients clean and dry from soiled beds is critical in preventing these painful pressure sores.
- Nursing home acquired illness: Nursing homes are required to be kept clean. When they are understaffed or poorly managed it is easy to see how an illness can spread amongst its residents. Shared living space must be kept sanitized to prevent life-threatening diseases from infecting your loved ones.
- Environmental hazards: Sometimes there are unavoidable accidents, other times it could've been prevented. Among other things, nursing homes are responsible for keeping your loved ones safe by ensuring there are no environmental hazards that could pose a risk to their health. A wet floor or a loose railing can lead to a broken hip or even death. Routine safety inspections are integral in assuring that nursing homes are kept safe for its residents.
- Neglect leading to falls: Often when an elderly person falls in a nursing home, the nurse or management company tries to shift the blame. But if the resident wasn't being properly cared for the situation can be the impetus for a devastating accident. Call buttons don't work, hospitals are understaffed and are unable to give the proper amount of attention to their patients, whatever the cause may be, when left unsupervised patients are put at greater risk for falls.
Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
Nursing home abuse and negligence is a growing epidemic in the U.S.
There are several different types of nursing home abuses, each of which has certain signs to watch out for. They include:
- Physical abuse
- Verbal, mental, and/or emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect of basic needs
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, it is vital that you take action immediately.
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