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Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse Injuries


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Our population is aging. Currently, more than 1.5 million people live in nursing homes. While many nursing homes do provide good care, some others do not, subjecting helpless residents to needless suffering and even death.  Often times these nursing homes are not sufficiently staffed and their employees are not properly trained.


This could lead to neglect of residents who depend on the home's staff for the basic essentials of life, like food, water, medicine, toileting, stimulation, and turning. When a nursing home fails to provide the proper treatment, care, goods or services required to preserve a resident's health, safety, or welfare, and the resident suffers injury as a result, the facility may be found negligent.


Signs of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse:

  • Fractures / broken bones

  • Bedsores / decubitis ulcers

  • Dehydration

  • Malnutrition

  • Choking

  • Wondering out of the facility or into under supervised areas, rooms

  • Medication errors

  • Physical assaults

  • Sexual assaults

Examples of nursing home negligence include:

  • Failure to prevent falls.

  • Fractures caused by improper transfer to and from bed, chair, bathroom, shower or poor supervision.

  • Failure to provide medical care for injuries.

  • Failure to assess, x-ray and properly treat injuries such as fractures.

  • Failure to notify physician and family of substantial change in residents condition, i.e. injuries

  • Failure to prevent resident from wandering out of the facility.

  • Failure to provide food or water or failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration

  • Failure to provide adequate treatment and services for incontinent residents

  • Failure to provide appropriate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents

  • Failure to provide adequate medical care and acquire and dispense proper medications. i.e., medication errors or failure to treat.

  • Failure to prevent a resident from developing pressure sores (bedsores); or, if a resident already has pressure sores, failure to provide proper treatment to promote healing.

  • Failure to prevent dehydration.

  • Failure to prevent malnutrition.

  • Failure to protect resident from violent residents.

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