As the number of elderly Americans has increased in past years, nursing homes and long-term care facilities have become an important component of the American health care industry. Today, nearly 2 million elderly and infirmed Americans live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, many recent studies indicate that residents in nursing homes suffer abuse and neglect more and more frequently at the hands of nursing home corporations. In many cases, residents have died or been severely injured as a result of this abuse or neglect.
Nursing homes exist to provide skilled nursing care to elderly and disabled residents. As a business, quality care should be their basic product and mission. However, the quality of care in the nursing home industry has markedly declined over the past decade. One of the main causes of this decline is that many nursing homes do not employ enough nurses and other qualified care givers to allow them to provide quality care for all of the residents in their facilities. This understaffing creates a heavier workload for nurses and care givers and often leads to patient neglect or poor quality care for residents, which can result in avoidable illnesses or injury, many of which are serious and can lead to death. This fact is not only tragic and heartbreaking, but also completely unacceptable because these sicknesses or injuries are easily prevented with proper care.
If a nursing home cannot adequately care for all its patients, its is failing in its legal responsibilities and putting innocent lives at risk. However, all too often an injured person is hampered in their ability to seek full redress for the injuries they suffered because of a nursing home’s negligence, abuse, or neglect. The reason for this is that the vast majority of nursing homes have pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses in their admission contracts, which deprive an injured person their right to a trial by jury as guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. Nursing homes put these arbitration agreements in the admission documents for their own benefit because they know the deck is stacked in their favor in arbitration.
Lawyers in our firm are fighting to protect the safety and rights of elderly and infirmed Americans by representing the injured in litigation – both lawsuits and arbitration – to hold nursing home facilities accountable for their acts of abuse and neglect. Our cases include many of the common injury types typically found in nursing home cases. We are currently handling cases involving the death of nursing home residents due to decubitus ulcers, malnutrition, medication errors, dehydration, and falls. We are also handling cases involving catastrophic injuries caused by severe pressure sores, infections, and amputations resulting from delayed or poor nursing care.
If you have suffered serious injury, your loved one had been catastrophically injured or died, or you have any questions about nursing home abuse and neglect, contact Chris Boutwell at 800-898-2034 or by email at Chris.Boutwell@beasleyallen.com.
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