As our population ages, growing numbers of seniors are requiring some form of assisted living and many end up in nursing homes. Placing an aging parent in a nursing home is a heart-wrenching decision more and more families are having to make these days and it can be difficult to trust the care and well-being of a loved one to strangers.
Unfortunately, that trust can be violated through abuse and neglect. In many cases, underpaid and overworked nursing home employees don’t provide the proper care and attention needed. When that occurs, patients can suffer from illness, injury, and even death.
From a legal perspective, nursing home malpractice is essentially any intentional or negligent act committed by a nursing home professional that can cause physical, mental, or psychosocial harm to a nursing home resident. With the growing number of seniors now utilizing nursing homes and other assisted living facilities, nursing home malpractice is growing as well. If you suspect a loved one might be a victim of nursing home malpractice, contact us here at the Law Office of James Haddad – we can help determine if there is a case to be pursued hold the appropriate parties legally responsible for that neglect or abuse.
The conditions or injuries that can result from nursing home malpractice can be a single incident or they can be recurrent and ongoing and include:
- Falls and fractures
- Physical or chemical restraints
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Improper, wrong or over-medication
- Bed sores
- Lack of supervision (allowing residents to wander away from the facility)
- Physical abuse or unexplained injury
- Weight gain or loss
- Septic shock
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Theft of money and personal property
- Unexpected or wrongful death
- Unsanitary conditions
- Untrained or insufficient staff
- Substandard medical care
- Poor personal hygiene
- Defective equipment
- Sexual assault
The frequency of malpractice in nursing homes is considered under-reported in the United States, but it is a growing problem and one that needs to be addressed. If you, a family member, or friend is in need of legal assistance for a case of possible nursing home abuse or neglect, James Haddad is a leading expert in nursing home malpractice, with years of experience investigating and trying cases in the greater Worcester area.
For more information, give us a call at 508-756-6206 (for immediate assistance, call James Haddad’s cell phone at 508-843-7678) or email us.