“Overview of Nursing Home Negligence
Thousands of licensed nursing homes are in operation across the United States. Hundreds of thousands of elderly, or otherwise vulnerable, individuals reside in these facilities. Nursing home negligence is a significant problem, affecting innumerable residents each and every year.
Prevalence of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Tracking the actual prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect is challenging, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An unknown number of instances of abuse and neglect is never recognized and acted upon.
With that noted, 30 percent of licensed nursing homes do report instances of abuse and neglect during the course of any given year, according to statistics maintained by the CDC. Somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 cases of death by negligence in nursing homes are reported annually to governmental authorities. Estimates suggest that only 20 percent of cases of abuse and neglect in nursing homes is ever reported.
Types of Nursing Home Negligence
Negligence associated with the care of nursing homes takes many forms. Common types of negligence include improper tending to a resident’s medical, hygienic, and nutritional needs. A common form of negligence is leaving a person in bed for improperly extended periods of time, resulting in the development of ulcerated bed sores.
Legal Representation in a Case of Nursing Home Neglect
A nursing home neglect attorney can provide necessary legal representation to a person victimized in a care facility. A neglected nursing home resident is entitled to compensation for losses that include:
● pain and suffering
● emotional distress
● medical bills and expenses
If a nursing home neglect case ends up in a lawsuit, punitive damages are also a possibility. Punitive damages represent an additional amount of compensation in a case in which the conduct of a nursing care facility, or its staff, is deemed particularly reckless or egregious.