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Nursing Home Negligence

As a society we place trust and confidence in nursing homes to care for elderly residents.  State and Federal law provides "Residents' Rights," which are typically those rights or guarantees given to nursing home residents. When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, he or she should expect the care that is paid for, and deserve the degree of care that is appropriate for the well-being and dignity of the resident. Most cases against nursing homes are either an "act of omission" (failure to do something they were supposed to do), or an "act of commission" (performing an act that was dangerous or inappropriate).  Many of these acts of negligence involve failure to provide appropriate health care and protective and supportive services. These violations often result in serious physical injury and can contribute to an undignified existence for the elderly resident. In some cases, the resident may actually suffer no physical injury at all, but because of the violations, the resident is deprived of general well-being and his or her right to a dignified existence while residing in the nursing home.

Examples of injuries include pressure sores or bed sores that appears on a resident's skin (and can lead to infection, the need for surgery, or even death), lack of proper hydration and nutrition (leading to deteriorating health), and falling accidents based upon the facility's failure to perform an appropriate assessment of the resident, to determine the risk of falling.

It is every resident's right to expect that he or she will live a dignified existence when they decide to enter a nursing home.  The nursing home is paid to take care of the individual patient, and has a moral and a legal duty to watch over that resident entrusted to their care.  If you have a friend or family member that had been mistreated or abused in an elderly care environment, please contact LawyerNetwork.org immediately to arrange a free consultation.