As our population ages, our law offices are finding that nursing home abuse is increasing more and more across tne nation. Over the past several years over 30% of nursing homes have been found in violations that harm residents or puts them in serious jeopardy. Congress reports that millions of older people reside in nursing homes with not enough staff to give them the care they need. Even more disturbing is over 40% of the residents are underfed or dehydrated.
There are federal laws that require that nursing home residents must receive quality care and conditions. The laws further require that nursing care residents must live in conditions that maintains or improves their physical and mental health. The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 further states that nursing home residents are entitled to freedom from abuse, misappropriation of funds and overall neglect. Just because you or a loved one enter a nursing home facility you do not surrender your rights to protection from criminal acts.
Nursing Homes need to provide quality care
You may be eligible for monetary compensation if a nursing home does not provide adequate care. Compensation can cover various situations, including suffering, pain, medical treatment, disfigurement and other abusive situations. In addition, the family of a person who has suffered nursing home abuse may also be entitled to compensation under certain circumstances, such as the victim dieing because of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Types of abuse for which compensation may be obtained
There are a number of areas where a legal claim may be filed. Some of these include:
- Physiological or emotional abuse
- Physical abuse, including pain or injury, wrongful use of drugs, or punishment
- General neglect. A resident must not be deprived of food, water, shelter, clothing, hygenic conditions and overall comfort.
- Exploitation financially or materially. It is illegal to improperly manage an older person's property, funds or assets.
- Abandonment of a person by someone who is responsible for the care of an older person.
The above are just a few examples. If you feel you or your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse please contact our office immediately so we can evaluate the situation and find legal remedies to provide the quality of life any older person deserves. Our experienced legal team will determine what kind of a lawsuit should be filed in order to obtain the highest compensation possible. Please contact us today.
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