Nursing Home Liability
With the scientific advances in modern medical technology our society has experienced a dramatic increase in the elderly population. Many people are forced to place relatives in assisted living centers and nursing homes, because they are unable to provide adequate care themselves. Placing your relatives in the care of one of these institutions requires a great deal of trust, as the people who they chose to employ will be responsible for your loved one’s well-being, health and everyday care. Unfortunately, many families find that their trust has been betrayed by those charged with the safe keeping of their elderly loved ones, often with tragic consequences. Over the past few years, more and more nursing home related injuries have been reported, leading some to conclude that there is a systematic pattern of abuse and neglect in many facilities.
The assisted living and nursing home industry is one of the fasting growing business segments in the United States, which may explain part of the increase in nursing home related injuries. However, there is another fast growing trend in this industry: assisted care facilities have put their profit margins above, and at the expense of, the elderly’s protection and health. In an effort to increase profits and reduce expenses, many nursing home operators feel the need to take on more patients while simultaneously reducing the number of staff members. Another way in which nursing home operators increase their profits is by hiring employees with little or no experience. This allows them to pay these employees much lower wages than a more experienced care giver would demand. These cost obsessed hiring practices result in the employment of individuals who lack the critical medical training, and proper experience and knowledge required to provide the special care the elderly and infirm need.
If your loved one has been seriously harmed while in the care of a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation. Your relative’s life may have been placed in harm’s way as a direct result of the nursing home’s priority of profit over the safety and proper care of residents. Whether your relative was harmed or even died, as a result of improper care, negligence, “slipping & falling” injuries or abuse, demand justice and compensation for your family. Make your voice heard with the help of our highly trained and knowledgeable staff. Know your rights, and contact us today to review your case.