Holding Nursing Homes Accountable For Neglect
Nursing homes are supposed to provide caring, healthful environments for elderly and disabled adults who can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, cases of nursing home neglect and abuse are rampant.
When nursing homes and nursing home staff prey on society’s most vulnerable members, they must be held accountable. The attorneys of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City will take immediate action to stop abuse and remove individuals from neglectful environments. We will also force nursing homes and their insurance companies to pay for the pain and suffering they have caused.
What Does The Law Require?
Federal and state laws require nursing homes to develop plans of care that ensure residents’ needs are met. When nursing home staff fails to fulfill these plans, residents often experience serious and life-threatening injuries.
Failure to properly feed, provide fluids and administer medication; falls and fractures from lack of proper supervision; and lack of adequate grooming can cause painful injuries, physical suffering and death.
Because nursing home residents often have limited cognitive abilities, it can be hard to identify instances of abuse. As the family member or friend of an individual living in a nursing care facility, there are steps you can take to ensure your loved one is receiving proper care and warning signs to look out for. Common examples or signs of nursing home neglect or abuse include:
- Pressure ulcers caused by failure to reposition an immobile patient
- Malnourished and dehydrated residents
- Physical abuse of seniors in nursing homes by staff and other residents
- Improper restraint techniques
- Failure to properly administer medication
- Slip-and-fall injuries
Nursing Home Investigations
Once our lawyers have ensured individuals are receiving proper care, we thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the abuse or neglect to determine whether select nursing home staff is responsible for the wrongful conduct or if the conduct is part of a greater nursing home practice.
Learn more about nursing home neglect and abuse:
- Signs of neglect in nursing homes
- Reporting abuse of elders
- Rights of nursing home residents
- Statutory protection of seniors
- Proving damages in nursing home injury cases
- Frequently asked questions about nursing home neglect and abuse
Our attorneys will aggressively pursue every liable party — including doctors, nurses and the nursing home itself — to stop abusive and negligent acts and hold wrongdoers liable for their negligent and dangerous acts.
Take Action To Stand Up For Your Loved Ones
By standing up for patients’ rights and forcing nursing homes to change their practices, we protect other nursing home residents from continuing and future abuse and neglect.