There are approximately 17,000 nursing homes in the United States caring for over 1.6 million older adults.
Nursing home negligence occurs when a resident is abused or neglected in a nursing home. Reports show that nursing home abuse, including instances of nursing home negligence increased 20% from 2001-2002. Nursing home negligence can result in nursing home deaths, falls resulting in broken bones, malnutrition, dehydration, decubitus ulcers and residents wandering off the nursing home premises and injuring themselves. A large number of nursing home negligence is never reported.
Nursing home negligence is responsible for the deaths and serious injuries sustained. Highly attributed to under qualified and under staffed workers, nursing home negligence occurs when nursing home workers fails to fulfill any minimum requirements to fulfill the obligations or duties to a resident. Due to fear, inability to communicate, or illnesses, nursing home residents do not tell anyone that nursing home negligence is occurring.
Nursing home abuse violations most often include physical or sexual abuse and abuse from other patients — with no staff supervision to prevent this type of behavior. Injuries such as fractured or broken bones, lacerations, and/or cuts and bruises are becoming all too common.
If a nursing home fails to administer care in a professional and compassionate manner, and you or your loved one has suffered from inadequate care, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to thoroughly understand the warning signs of potential nursing home negligence.