Nursing Home Injury Lawsuit
When a loved one is committed to a nursing home, it is important that they are safe. A nursing home is a facility where a patient should receive help. It should be a safe environment where a patient can live a normal life free from any kind of harm. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Due to the negligence of a caregiver or shoddy maintenance of a facility, residents can get hurt. It happens a lot more often than one might think and the results could be devastating.
Have you or a loved one ever been injured while residing at a nursing home? If so, contact an elder abuse lawyer to discuss your potential case today.
Nursing home injuries are an unfortunate reality in many nursing homes. Sometimes the injuries can be incidental. Other times the injuries could be the result of physical abuse. Whatever the case may be, most injuries could be avoided. Injuries received at a nursing home could be the result of:
According to a study by the US senate, about 1/3 of nursing homes in the United States were cited for an abuse violation. Of those nursing homes, 10% caused or placed elderly residents at risk of actual harm in a recent two year period. These numbers show no signs of lowering anytime soon, as the report also speculated that the number would rise. The federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 requires that all nursing home residents have a right to be free from verbal, mental, physical, and sexual abuse.
If a nursing home does not abide by this and results in abuse or neglect, you have the right to sue. It is important to remember that because laws vary from state to state, there may be a statute of limitations on your case. It is important to act quickly.
Have you or someone you love been a victim of nursing home abuse? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact an elder abuse attorney in your local area today.
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