When Nursing Home Neglect Results in Injury or Death
The State has taken a special interest in the care and safety of vulnerable residents of long-term care facilities. The Department of Health provides detailed rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of nursing homes.
If your loved one was seriously injured or passed away in a nursing home as a result of any of the following, contact an attorney. Our personal injury law firm offers free initial consultations.
Rules and Regulations for Nursing Home Operation
Among the rules for nursing home operation described in Administrative Rules Chapter 4658 are the following:
“A nursing home must operate and provide services in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and codes, and with accepted professional standards and principles that apply to professionals providing services in a nursing home.”
Nursing home administrators are responsible for reporting to the family “a significant change in the resident’s physical, mental, or psychosocial status, for example, a deterioration in health, mental, or psychosocial status.”
Nursing homes must provide to their residents:
adequate care and kind and considerate treatment
clean skin, freedom from odors
checking of incontinent residents every two hours
clean linens or clothing each time the bed or closing is soiled
a shampoo at least weekly
assistance with oral and dental care
changing of bed linens weekly or more often as needed
Experienced Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers
Our law firm has successfully tried a number of cases involving nursing home neglect. Our clients or their family members had suffered serious injury, harm or death involving the following ailments and accidents:
Bedsores or decubitus ulcers (pressure ulcers)
Death or serious injury as a result of staff dropping the resident
Perhaps your mother, father, husband, wife or other family member has not yet entered a long-term care facility and you wonder how to prevent such injuries. Among other precautions, we urge you to record the long-term care facility resident’s skin condition and general state of health upon entry into the facility — and careful monitoring throughout the course of your loved one’s stay in a nursing home.