Category Archives: Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse or elder abuse comes in many forms, including financial abuse, physical abuse, neglect and emotional abuse.

Are Nursing Homes Liable for Fall Injuries?

The risk of falling is common among elderly people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that about half to three-fourths of resident falls occur in the nursing home. With such frequency and potential for injury, nursing homes are usually equipped to assist fallen patients and work diligently at minimizing fall risk for residents. This could be installing grab bars and cushioning, the use of walkers, or ensuring patients are at safe bed and chair heights. If a fall occurs, that does not mean that the nursing facility is immediately to blame. However, there are instances where a fall leads to negligence or abuse charges depending on how the nursing home handled the fall. Placing responsibility on the nursing home will depend on whether the nursing home acted accordingly to help the resident recover from the incident. For a nursing home to be considered liable for a resident’s…
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Why Was This Nursing Home Sued for $30 Million?

A Tennessee nursing home was ordered to pay $28 million in punitive damages following the death of a patient who was malnourished, dehydrated and developed pressure sores on her foot that went to the bone. The sores became infected with bed bugs and the insects’ fecal matter. The patient’s leg was amputated to prevent the spread of the infection, but she still died two months later. After the incident, the facility tried to hide how understaffed it was. Months after the patient’s death, the staff continued to document providing care to her. Is Nursing Home Abuse Common? According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in every 10 elderly U.S. citizens have experienced some form of elderly abuse, which can include: Physical abuse Sexual abuse Emotional or verbal abuse Financial exploitation Confinement Willful deprivation Neglect Almost 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will spend time in…
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