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Neglect and Abuse Still a Rampant Problem across the United States

Nursing home negligence lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understand that the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is always a difficult one. Sadly, many elderly people have medical problems that require constant supervision and attention, and they are simply too ill to be cared for at home. Nursing homes are entrusted to care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable residents at a critical time in their lives. When this trust is violated, and nursing home abuse or neglect happens, the results are often devastating.

When nursing home neglect happens, nursing home residents have important legal rights. Skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities, especially those that house residents who are dependent on Medicare and Medicaid, must adhere to certain state and federal standards. For example, federal nursing home guidelines provide that nursing home residents have the right to be free from abuse by nursing home staff or fellow residents, including all types of physical and mental types of abuse. Depending on the circumstance, when allegations of elder abuse arise, a criminal investigation may be conducted. Compensation may also be available to cover expenses associated with the resident’s abuse.

Nursing Home Closure

Nursing home facilities that do not provide quality care may face the prospect of sanctions and even closure. Recently, a California nursing home was shut down after dozens of serious violations were reported. According to the New York Daily News, complaints ranged from general lack of training by nursing home workers to lack of supervision and deplorable health conditions. There were also reports of abuse by residents that are being investigated by local law enforcement officials.

Even more shocking is that after the state revoked the license of this particular nursing home, staffers reportedly walked out and left several residents still in their beds, with no one to supervise them or provide necessary medical attention.

What Nursing Home Residents and Their Families Need to Know

Nursing home residents and their loved ones should know that nearly all residents need assistance with some aspect of daily living. The number of elderly people requiring care is also expected to go up, so demands on nursing home staff will continue to increase. According to the National Care Planning Council, even more people are expected to live beyond the age of 85 over the next 20 years. Many of these people will require care with day-to-day activities and medications. We need to ensure that nursing homes and assisted care facilities across the nation maintain proper standards and provide quality treatment to residents in order to prevent future instances of neglect and abuse.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, an attorney can explain your legal rights and the compensation that may be available to you. A nursing home lawsuit can send a clear message that abuse and neglect of elderly residents will not be tolerated.

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