When Can You Seek Compensation for the Wrongful Acts of a Nursing Home Operator?
According to statistics gathered by Nursing Home Abuse Justice, an industry watchdog, as many as 5,000,000 older Americans are victims of neglect or abuse every year. Nearly one of every two nursing home patients across the country fall atleast once each year, and the average number of falls per nursing home patient is three. Of the more than 14,000 complaints filed in a recent year, more than one in four involved physical abuse by employees of a nursing home.
The Most Common Personal Injury Claims Arising Out of Nursing Homes
Though there are many claims for intentional harm to patients in nursing homes, most nursing-home-neglect-and-abuse claims involve allegations of negligence based on failure to use reasonable care when working with patients or residents. Common allegations of negligence include:
- Failure to take reasonable steps to ensure that rooms, hallways, and other locations are free from clutter or hazards that can lead to falls;
- Failure to monitor the actions and behavior of residents, leading to patient-on-patient attacks, slips and falls, or access to areas or things that pose a risk of injury;
- Failure to monitor residents or patients to ensure that they get proper nutrition or hydration;
- Carelessness in the hiring, training, or supervision of workers, resulting in inadequate care;
- Failure to move bedridden patients, leading to bedsores (decubitus ulcers); and
- Carelessness in the administration of medication, including wrong doses or incorrect drugs.
Contact the Law Office of Howard D. Popper
For a free initial consultation to discuss any personal injury claim, contact our office online or call 973-993-8787 to set up an appointment. We have offices in Morristown and Newton but can also meet with you in your home or at the hospital.
We handle all nursing home abuse claims on a contingency basis. You won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover damages for your losses.