There are approximately 15,700 nursing homes in the United States with spaces for 1.7 million residents. Illinois has room for 94,194 patients in its 764 certified nursing homes. Deciding that you need one of these facilities for you or a loved one is difficult. The task becomes more daunting when you discover the number of injuries that occur every year to nursing home residents.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) interviewed 2,000 nursing home residents across the country. The residents were asked about the care they received and whether or not they had ever been abused or neglected. An alarming 95 percent reported they had either been neglected or witnessed another patient being neglected while 44 percent said they had themselves been abused.
Injuries Due to Negligence
Nursing homes have a duty to provide food, shelter, medications and proper hygiene for those entrusted to their care. Some examples of injuries that are, unfortunately, often suffered by nursing home patients due to the negligence of their caregivers include:
Physical and Emotional Injuries Due to Intentional Conduct
In the NCEA study, nursing home staff were also interviewed. Nearly 50 percent admitted that they had abused or neglected residents in the one year period prior to their interviews. A separate survey conducted several years ago documented that 17 percent of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) admitted they had physically abused a nursing home patient by either pushing, grabbing or shoving them.
More than 50 percent of the CNAs said they had yelled at a patient and nearly one fourth of them admitted they had insulted residents and sworn at them. Yelling, intimidating, isolating, ignoring or threatening are all considered emotional abuse and may cause the resident an emotional injury.
Grounds for a Nursing Home Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are a number of grounds for which a nursing home can be held liable for a resident’s injuries and required to pay damages. For example, claims can be made that the nursing home was negligent in one or more of the following ways.
Even though it seems straightforward, and you expect that if you or your loved was injured in a nursing home, collecting damages will be easy. Actually, nursing home negligence may be difficult to prove. Not all injuries are the result of negligence. Elderly people do occasionally fall down even in the best of circumstances. What may seem like an unreasonable restraint may have some justification.
If you have a loved one who was injured in a nursing home incident, you need the services of experienced personal injury lawyers. Contact us at the Law Offices of Meyer & Blumenshine to schedule a free consultation. We will review the circumstances and advise you on what we believe you should do next. If the facts support it, we will file a personal injury law suit as well as report the negligence to the proper state licensing board. Call us as soon as possible so we can take appropriate action.