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Lack of Quality at Nursing Homes is Injuring Patients

by onJune 18, 2015

It is always a tough decision to make. Sometimes it just has to be made. No one wants to admit a loved one to a nursing home. But when a loved one requires care 24 hours a day, there isn’t always a choice.

As recently reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the quality of our nation’s nursing homes is declining. Nearly 61% of nursing homes in the United States received lower quality ratings in the latest study by CMS released in February 2015. And if you would ask nursing home residents and their loved ones about quality, the majority would likely give you an earful of the lack of quality as opposed to the good qualities.

Luckily here in Ohio, nursing home residents rights are protected by the Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights, codified at Revised Code Section 3721.13. An outline of the rights afforded to all nursing home residents is available by clicking here.

Unfortunately, nursing homes are drastically understaffed, and this is resulting in injuries and/or death to nursing home patients. Some of the most common nursing home injuries we see in our practice include:

  • Pressure Ulcers/Bed Sores
  • Failure to administer prescribed medication
  • Accepting patients the facility is not equipped to handle because of the patient’s medical, mental and/or physical needs
  • Improper transfers of patients to/from bed, resulting in falls
  • Improper monitoring of patients who are fall risks, resulting in falls
  • Failing to recognize the signs of a medical emergency and timely seeking appropriate treatment
If you or a loved one has been injured or died while a resident of a nursing home, and you feel that substandard care by the facility is to blame, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Lafferty Gallagher & Scott, LLC today. The law only provides a limited amount of time for you pursue a nursing home negligence claim, so don’t wait to find out it’s too late. We have handled hundreds of nursing home negligence cases, and will work diligently to get you and your family the compensation they deserve. We can be reached Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM by telephone at 419-241-5500 or you can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our website, www.lgslaw.net.

The information contained in this blog post is general information, and should not be treated as legal advice. No attorney/client relationship exists between the reader and Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC without a signed Attorney Contract Agreement of Representation. Each case is unique and past results should not be treated as a guarantee of the results in your case.

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