Was a Loved One Seriously Injured at a Nursing Home?
Nationwide, more than 1.5 million people live in nursing homes. According to a 2008 report from the Department of Health and Human Services, inspectors received 37,150 complaints in 2007 and substantiated 39 percent of them. About one-fifth of the verified complaints involved the abuse or neglect of patients.
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As a concerned relative, what can you do if a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of nursing home neglect? Learn more about selecting a nursing home, watching for signs of abuse or neglect and when to call a personal injury attorney who handles nursing home neglect cases.
- Selecting a nursing home: Entrusting a loved one's care to a nursing home is a difficult decision. How can you make the right choice?
- Nursing home residents' rights: What are a resident's rights? What should you do about a violation of those rights?
- Ensuring quality care: Visit the nursing home frequently and take an active role in your loved one's life and activities.
- Signs of nursing home abuse: Nursing home residents often are afraid to report abuse or they do not know how. Relatives need to be aware of the signs.
- Bed sores/pressure injuries: If bedsores become infected, they can become life-threatening.
- Falling injuries: When you visit a nursing home, be aware of situations that could cause injury-producing falls.
- What to do if a loved one is abused: If you see signs of abuse, what steps do you need to take to assure your loved one's health and safety?
- Questions to ask an attorney about nursing home abuse: Know when a loved one's health and safety are in danger and know how to file a complaint.
- Group home abuse: Frequent visit are important so that you can be aware of changes that indicate abuse is occurring.
If you suspect a loved one suffered serious injuries or death because of nursing home neglect or abuse, take immediate steps to discuss the situation with a nursing home neglect lawyer. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. for a free consultation about your concerns. Our law firm represents clients in Phoenix, throughout Arizona and nationwide.