Individuals who have been placed in nursing home or adult care facilities are in need of specialized care. Their health and well-being must be closely monitored at all times, but, unfortunately, not all care facilities uphold the standards of care necessary.
Substandard care, medical negligence and outright abuse can all cause serious injuries to the individuals under a nursing home's care. If you suspect or have evidence that someone you care about has been the victim of neglect or abuse, be vigilant and actively pursue measures that protect them. Our Greenville nursing home negligence lawyers at Parham Smith & Archenhold LLC can help you take action.
How Does Negligence Differ From Abuse In A Nursing Home Facility?
The difference between negligence and abuse can be blurry, but it can basically be broken down into a failure to provide care and an active harmful action against a patient.
A person may have suffered from negligence if he or she:
- Suffers a fall out of bed, or fell because he or she was walking without assistance
- Has serious bedsores from neglect or a lack of cleanliness
- Has symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration
- Has sustained injuries from wandering (failure to supervise)
- Has suffered due to medication errors
- Has medical issues that staff failed to diagnose or treat
A person may have suffered from abuse if he or she:
- Has signs of assault or sexual assault (by staff or other patients)
- Has injuries caused by excessive restraint
- Has suffered physical or emotional abuse or humiliation by staff
This kind of neglect and abuse not only leads to serious injuries. It also can lead to death. Whether you are pursuing compensation for a medical malpractice claim or wrongful death lawsuit, we can help.
With an increase in the American “baby boomer” population, a recent study by the Kaiser Foundation noted that nearly 2 million U.S. citizens live in nursing homes. With the increase in the senior population, more than 16,000 nursing homes have opened their doors to make a healthy profit off our loved ones.
Despite federal and state laws intended to safeguard residents, abuse and neglect in nursing homes is rampant. According to standards set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90% of U.S. nursing homes have inadequate staff to provide appropriate care for their residents.
Most nursing homes are operated by corporations who are in business to make a profit. Low pay and work overload often result in poor morale, high absenteeism, and high turnover rates. The residents pay the price in the form of poor care. In the end, nursing home administrators can be guilty of trying to maximize their profit at the expense of the residents’ health and safety. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevent estimate that nursing home negligence played a role in the death of over 14,000 patients from 1999 – 2002.
If you or a loved one have seen signs of abuse or neglect, call our offices at 864-990-4581 or toll free at 877-805-6431 for a free consultation.
Contact The Spartanburg Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer At Parham Smith & Archenhold LLC
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