Our seniors deserve dignity, respect and proper care. Unfortunately this isn’t always what they get when they are admitted to a nursing home or long term care facility.
The statistics show that there are over 1.6 million seniors in such institutions, and this number will grow in the near future. It’s a fact that many of the deaths that occur in a home are attributable to natural causes. However, it is also a fact that more than 20% of nursing home deaths may be attributed to negligence, neglect and substandard care.
The signs and signals of nursing home malpractice range from bedsores to malnutrition and from outright physical, mental and emotional abuse to failure to provide needed medications for existing conditions or for pain. There are other instances of neglect that also fall into the category of nursing home abuse – preventable falls, failure to follow doctor's orders and failing to have a resident taken care of by a doctor after an accident.
Nursing homes in Arkansas have often been found guilty of malpractice and hit with large judgments. However, they have over time become more sophisticated in hiding their assets, so that even if a judgment is rendered against them, that is only half the battle. The other half is finding out where they’ve tried to put their assets to avoid paying judgments.
If you feel your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, neglect or malpractice, call me now for a free consultation. The statute of limitations is very, very short for these types of cases, so do not delay.