People want to provide the best care for their aging loved ones, especially if they need medical attention and supervision. Although most people spend time researching facilities to find the best care, neglect, abuse, and malpractice can still occur.
Patients injured by nursing home or hospice staff members may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, mental and emotional trauma, and other injuries.
Common Types of NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Difference between nursing home abuse and neglect
The main difference between abuse and neglect in nursing homes is defined by the intent of the caregiver. If a caregiver is intentionally harming a patient, that is abuse. Abuse often involves denying patient’s needs such as: food, water, and medical treatment. It can also include physical and financial harm. Neglect is unintentional failures by the caregiver. Examples of neglect are: failing to follow the patients or resident's care plan, ignoring calls for assistance, failing to maintain the patient’s hygiene, or otherwise failing to meet a social, physical, or emotional needs.
Nursing home and hospice facilities should provide patients with the attention, care, and medical treatment they deserve. Unfortunately, malpractice may still occur. Causes include:
- Failure to hire and train qualified medical professionals
- Negligence of the duties promised to the residents and their families
- Failure to adequately staff the facility to handle the needs of its residents
- Attempts to cut corners on care and support in order to make more money
- Failure to properly screen potential employees and provide a safe living environment
Although it is horrifying to consider, too many facilities do not keep up with residents’ medical, emotional and personal needs. When this occurs, residents may suffer illness or unnecessary pain and suffering.
Signs of nursing home and hospice abuse, and negligence include:
- Resident dehydration
- Unmet medical needs
- Lack of assistance as residents get up, move around or use the restroom
- Assistance is not given when getting up, moving around, or using the bathroom
- Inadequate time for socialization
- Unexplained bruises, cuts or welts
- ed sores
- Broken or fractured bones
- Malnutrition or unexplained weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Withdrawal from social interactions or refusal to speak
- Emotional outbursts
- Dirty clothing or bed sheets
- Nurses or caregivers refusing to allow the patient to be alone with loved ones
How can Habush Help?
If you suspect nursing home or hospice negligence or abuse, take immediate action to rectify the situation. Do not hesitate to remove your loved one from the facility. Focus on taking care of them and finding them a new place to live, rather than deadlines, legal paperwork or attorneys.
Instead, let our experienced medical malpractice attorneys focus on taking on the nursing home or hospice facility. We have experience obtaining settlements large enough to cover temporary or lifelong costs associated with abuse, negligence, or malpractice. In our most successful cases, Habush clients obtain settlements often double what unrepresented victims obtain.
The experienced attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are here to help you with your nursing home or hospice facility malpractice claim. To discuss the details of your case, contact us at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.