What Counts as Nursing Home Neglect?

Nursing homes and their employees have the responsibility to give proper care to their residents. When they fail to uphold this duty due to negligence, intentional mistreatment, disrespect, violence, or anything resulting in the trauma or suffering of a resident, they can be held responsible in a personal injury lawsuit.

Why speak with a nursing home neglect attorney?

When placing an elder family member into a nursing home or assisted living facility, you expect the staff to treat them with decency and take care of their needs. Unfortunately this is not always the case, as nursing home neglect has become a serious problem in the US. This neglect may stem from negligent hiring, understaffing, inadequate training, and other irresponsible practices.

Our nursing home neglect attorneys can help you and your loved ones navigate the process of obtaining compensation for the harm your family has endured. At Kwartler Manus, LLC, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients who have suffered from nursing home neglect.

Types of Neglect

Nursing home neglect is the failure (intentional or unintentional) to provide adequate care to residents of the home. Though it may not seem as horrific as other forms of elder abuse, it can be just as damaging to the mental and physical health of nursing home residents.

This incompetent care is upsettingly common. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), about 95% of residents at nursing homes have either been neglected or witnessed the neglect by staff. While there are multiple forms of nursing home neglect, the following are the most common:

  • Medical neglect: failure to properly attend to, ameliorate, or limit a resident’s medical issues
  • Neglect of basic needs: failure to make sure the resident consistently has water, food, and an environment that’s both safe and sanitary
  • Neglect of personal hygiene: failure to adequately assist a resident with their hygiene maintenance, including bathing, laundry, dental care, and restroom help
  • Social/emotional neglect: failure to provide adequate social and emotional care, which can include dismissing or ignoring complaints of a resident and treating them with meanness or disrespect
  • Self-neglect: can occur when a resident loses the ability to properly care for themselves but does not get care or refuses assistance
  • Abandonment: occurs when the person responsible for a resident’s care leaves them behind, often in a nursing facility, hospital, or public place

Signs of nursing home neglect can include skin ulcers or bedsores, unattended medical needs, malnourishment, unpaid bills, and lack of basic needs such as water, food, or poor hygiene. Kwartler Manus nursing home neglect attorneys can collect other evidence from your loved one’s nursing home and build a strong case to maximize compensation.

Our attorneys are dedicated to assisting nursing home residents who have been injured to abuse or negligence, and you don’t have to pay unless we win your case. contact us online or call our office at (267) 457-5570 to schedule a consultation.

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