Nursing homes are places you take aging loved ones when they need help with day-to-day activities, nutrition, and overall care. You trust that they are in the best hands and working alongside people that care about their well-being.
Sadly, not all nursing homes have the same standards as you or your family members. When nursing homes fall below the acceptable standard of care, serious injuries can happen. Injuries in nursing homes are different than other premises, and three injuries are much more common than others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.4 million 65 and older adults currently reside in a nursing home. They expect these numbers to double to as much as 3 million by 2030.
With more people entering nursing homes and assisted living facilities, these facilities are becoming overpopulated and that means that they must quickly hire staff members who may not be properly trained or screened before hire.
Not all injuries in a nursing home result from abuse or direct neglect. In fact, the most common injuries stem from the conditions and inadequate staffing.
If you have noticed the signs of abuse or neglect, or your family member has suffered one of the above-mentioned injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Also, that nursing home may be in violation of the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act, which means they will face further penalties.
To hold that nursing home accountable or to explore your options for compensation, speak with an attorney that handles these types of complex claims. Speak with a lawyer from Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today by calling one of our three locations. You can also schedule a consultation with an attorney online.