Nursing homes are expected to be staffed with trained professionals who have the knowledge and skills necessary for caring for older individuals. Nursing homes are also expected to take reasonable measures to prevent abuse and accidents from occurring. However, the harsh reality is that many residents of nursing homes suffer preventable accidents every year.
If your loved one suffered a nursing home accident, a nursing home accident lawyer on Long Island from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. may be able to help your family pursue compensation and hold the responsible parties accountable. We invite you to call our firm at (631) 451-7900 to speak to a member of our team in a free consultation on your case today.
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Nursing Home Accidents
Nursing homes house some of the most vulnerable members of society. Elderly citizens belong to a demographic that is prone to health risks and suffering from accidents. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly three million people ages 65 and over are treated in emergency rooms for falls each year in the United States.
Possible nursing home accidents include:
- Slips and falls: this common type of accident can occur in a nursing home if a hazard such as a puddle, loose carpet, or obstacle on the floor causes a nursing home patient to slip or trip and fall. Many hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries in the elderly are caused by falls.
- Choking: degeneration of the muscles involved in chewing and swallowing can lead to choking. Negligence on the part of the nursing home staff—for example, by not breaking food down to a sufficiently small size—can also contribute to choking accidents.
- Medication errors: many elderly people require medications in fixed amounts at fixed times. If someone misses a dose, takes a double dose, or takes an incorrect dose, it can lead to harmful outcomes on health.
- Food and drink availability: understaffing at nursing homes and overworking of available staff are known to lead to issues such as residents not receiving food or water when they need it. Dehydration and malnutrition can occur if these issues persist.
- Treatment accidents: nursing homes are required to hire trained staff who know how to perform various medical procedures on an as-needed basis for residents who need specialized care. The misuse of medical equipment such as breathing devices or syringes and injections can lead to adverse reactions and even death.
Other injuries can also occur in a nursing home setting, such as drowning, asphyxiation, broken bones from falls, internal bleeding, and infections and bedsores.
A nursing home accident lawyer on Long Island from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can assist you with your case if your elderly loved one suffered any of these accidents or accidents of any other type due to nursing home negligence. Call (631) 451-7900 to learn more in a free consultation with a member of our team.
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Nursing Home Liability
A nursing home may be liable for damages caused by an accident if you can prove that the nursing home could have or should have taken certain steps that would have prevented an accident from occurring. Conversely, if the willful actions of a nursing home or its staff led to an accident, the home or staff members may be liable for the resultant damages.
The following may be used as grounds for a nursing home accident claim:
Negligence in Hiring
Nursing homes must retain staff who have the qualifications and training needed for the tasks and services performed at and provided in the nursing home. If a nursing home hires employees without performing background checks or screening applicants for qualifications, this can be classified as negligence.
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Understaffing and Overworking
If a nursing home is understaffed or its workers are overburdened with work, this can lead to accidents. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to ensure that all residents receive the time and care they need from their trained service staff. If a resident suffers an accident because of worker distraction, exhaustion, or unavailability, the nursing home may be liable for the resultant damages.
Treatment and Medication Errors
If a nursing home resident is injured or killed because of treatment or medication errors, the nursing home may bear responsibility for the injuries or the wrongful death that results. For prescription drug errors or treatment errors, a physician, pharmacy staff member, or the caretaker who performed a procedure or administered a drug may also bear responsibility for the resultant damages.
Neglect comes in many different forms. Understaffing is a form of neglect, especially when it leads to worker absenteeism or unavailability. Other forms of neglect include:
- Failing to assist residents with feeding and personal hygiene.
- Failing to provide safe environs.
- Failing to address health issues as they arise.
- Failing to protect residents from abuse by staff members and other residents.
- Failing to provide the services needed by residents when they need them.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can investigate your loved one’s nursing home accident for negligence and identify a liable party when we represent you.
Seeking Legal Assistance
If your loved one suffered an accident at a nursing home, a nursing home accident lawyer on Long Island with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. may be able to help you pursue compensation in settlement negotiations or a lawsuit. We can investigate your case, assemble evidence, and handle all communications, paperwork, and deadlines on your behalf.
Call us today at (631) 451-7900 to discuss your case with a member of our team in a free, no-obligation consultation. We can assist clients in Spanish as well.