Nursing homes and assisted living facilities usually provide a safe environment for a growing number of elderly. But abuse does happen, and when it does it is important that those who are responsible answer for their liability and negligence
Families Hold Facilities Accountable
Almost every family at some point faces a difficult decision of having to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. What family members want is a facility that provides a safe, compassionate and clean environment where loved ones can expect to get the quality care and medical support and where they can expect to live comfortably.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Too often, family members discover that those entrusted with the care of their loved one contributes to their neglect and abuse. Poorly run facilities have poor hiring procedures, fail to train employees properly, and put low costs and high profits ahead of health and wellness care.
Residents and patients develop bedsores, fall and get hurt (and even break bones) and suffer from overall neglect. This mistreatment can lead to serious injuries, infections and even death. The number of instances of abuse is also underreported.
Families of victimized seniors file lawsuits to get justice and hold negligent companies accountable. Attorneys help families fight back against negligent long-term care facilities every day.
Why Should You File A Lawsuit?
Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have a duty to uphold federal standards for care that are outlined in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 – also called the federal Nursing Home Reform Act. Some facilities – both corporate run and family owned and operated – fall below the bar and continue to operate, taking in more patients than they can care for. These facilities routinely promise services and staffing levels that they can’t deliver.
Families can file complaints with local law enforcement and local and state government agencies in the hopes of holding these facilities accountable. By federal and state law, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities must abide by a standard of care. But it can be a frustrating process that can end in government regulators simply not following through with complaints.
Just finding out who owns a nursing home can be a confusing, stressful chore. Many companies go out of their way to operate under a number of names, making it difficult to find out who the facility owner really is. (This also serves as a way for facilities to shield themselves them from regulators and liability.)
This is where attorneys come in. There are a number of legal professionals who understand the way the nursing home industry works and can unravel the tangled web of nursing home ownership and help families seek compensation for injuries suffered by residents.