Is Your Loved One Suffering from Nursing Home Abuse?
With the population of those over the age of 65 increasing, the percentage of elderly people living in nursing homes has also increased. Unfortunately, many elderly become victim to nursing home neglect. When this happens, family members may wonder if they have the right to take legal actions. Oftentimes, nursing homes will ask families to sign a document stating that they agree to arbitration if any problems or disputes arise. According to Lawyers.com, it is recommended that no one signs or even agree to arbitration when admitting a loved one into a nursing facility. This is because these types of disputes are handled by an arbitrator and not a judge or jury. The following are three reasons you may be able to sue a nursing home for neglect of your loved one.
Lack of Qualified Personnel
An adequate number of qualified personnel are legally required to be on staff in nursing facilities at all times. Even if the staff is well-trained and performing their job duties, residents may not get the sufficient care they need when a facility is understaffed. A lack of personnel can result in a patient not receiving adequate medical treatment. It may be possible to bring a legal case against a facility when something like this occurs.
Lack of Quality Food
Doctors and dieticians plan detailed diets for each resident of a facility. These diets need to be specifically followed to meet the health goals of each patient. There may be cases where a patient received a sufficient amount of food but not the right type of food. For example, a resident with diabetes who doesn’t receive the right types of foods at specific times throughout the day may suffer serious medical complications.
Lack of Personal Hygiene
A patient in a medical facility has a right to adequate care to prevent problems such as bed sores and infections. Residents must be bathed, dried completely, and then dressed properly in order to stay in the best health possible. Patients who are unable to move easily on their own should also be moved throughout the day to prevent bed sores from developing. If this has occurred to your loved one, you may want to consult a neglect attorney.
Garcia & Artigliere have served for many years fighting elder abuse and protecting the rights of senior citizens. If you are seeking the advice of a nursing home abuse attorney, contact Garcia & Artigliere for a free and confidential case review today.