The senior population is increasingly growing, which means more of them are living in nursing homes. With this increase comes an increase in nursing home abuse. To combat this, there are governmental agencies like the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to oversee nursing homes and the care and services they provide. This is done on both the state and federal levels to set forth uniform standards and ensure their patients are safe and protected.
Nursing Home Abuse Does Happen
Sadly, even with the governmental agency regulations, more than one million instances of nursing home abuse occur every year. These instances can include either active abuse or negligence. It doesn’t matter if the abuse or negligence takes place over a period of time or it is a one-time incident; the victim of the abuse may be entitled to compensation. If the nursing home staff is found guilty, they may lose their certification, which means losing federal funding, all because of a failure to provide the level of care expected.
A Variety of Abuse Situations
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including injuries due to falls, dehydration, malnutrition, aspiration pneumonia, gangrene, bed sores, poor medical care, incorrect medication and over-sedation. Some of the other damages that can occur are less apparent, such as abandonment, theft, sexual assault, lack of supervision, physical or mental abuse, coercion and defective equipment. Each of these situations can lead to injury or death, which would warrant the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer.
If you think you have a case, contact our nursing home abuse attorney, serving Joliet, Mokena, New Lenox, Lockport and Plainfield.