Placing a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is never an easy choice. But unfortunately, sometimes our elders reach a point where they can’t care for themselves and have no one else with the free time to care for them at home. We trust these facilities to keep our elder loved ones safe, but unfortunately, is not always the case.
What Are Some Examples Of Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits?
If your loved one suffered due to neglect, abuse, or a preventable injury in a nursing home, it’s important to know that you have legal options against the home. Cases of nursing home neglect have resulted in personal injury lawsuits across the country, as families seek accountability when nursing home negligence leads to a serious injury, illness, or death. Taking legal action doesn’t only help get justice for your loved one – it helps protect elders throughout the country from future abuse. As more homes suffer the consequences of negligent and abusive care, other facilities will likely take resident safety and care more seriously.
Texas-based Nursing Home Chain Files For Bankruptcy After Lawsuits
Plano-based nursing home chain Preferred Care Partners, one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, just filed for bankruptcy on November 14 due to an “overwhelming amount” of lawsuits and settlement and verdict payouts. The chain operates over 110 assisted and independent living facilities throughout 12 states, with a total of about 9,300 residents.
Former residents have filed lawsuits based on a variety of claims – including negligence, wrongful conduct, inadequate staffing, and causing an elderly woman’s “accelerated deterioration.”
In total, the company’s liabilities are estimated at between $10 million and $50 million.
Elderly Woman’s Family Sues California Facility For Elder Abuse
In October 2017, the family of a 74-year old former resident at a nursing home in Oxnard, California sued the facility for alleged negligent care. The suit claims that a lack of proper care caused pressure sores and infections, which eventually led to the woman’s death.
Specifically, the family and their lawyers allege that the woman was denied proper care relating to hygiene, repositioning during bedrest, and adequate nutrition and hydration. The claim goes on to state that this inadequate care contributed to pneumonia, respiratory failure, septic shock, swallowing problems which required a feeding tube, and other injuries.
The woman’s family claims that she was immobile when admitted to the nursing home, which made her vulnerable to pressure sores. Their lawyers allege that nursing home staff failed to properly evaluate her condition, use pressure relieving devices, turn her in bed every two hours, or make sure she was clean from feces and urine.
The family also claims that they were never notified of their loved one’s medical problems.
How Do I File A Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit?
If you’re curious about how you can find justice for your abused or neglected loved one, it’s important to fully understand your legal options. Nursing homes can be held liable for all types of suffering your elder may have experienced, including:
- Injuries from preventable accidents, like a slip and fall
- Health problems related to negligent care
- Physical and emotional suffering from abuse (including verbal, physical, and sexual)
You can learn more about filing a nursing home neglect lawsuit in a free consultation with one of our experienced Bronx personal injury lawyers. While you may not be able to undo the unnecessary harm your loved one suffered, you can make sure the people responsible pay for the pain they’ve caused.