Entrusting the care of loved ones to other in a skilled nursing home or skilled nursing facility is not easy. You have to trust the facility to take adequate care of them, provide them medical care, not abuse them, respect them, and treat them with dignity. It can be devastating when you discover that trust has been violated and your loved one has suffered some type of abuse or neglect.
Unfortunately, no matter how diligently you may have searched for just the right place, loved ones still may suffer abuse, neglect and medical malpractice. Reports reveal that approximately 10 percent of the 3.2 million elderly people that live in nursing homes in the U.S. are physically abused or neglected by their caretakers.
This statistic is misleading in that it represents only the incidents that are reported. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) estimates that an overwhelming number of such incidents go unreported.
According to the American Association of Justice, 90 percent of all nursing homes are understaffed to a degree that they cannot provide adequate care. This understaffing results in injury or abuse and neglect such as:
- Malnutrition, hunger and even starvation.
- Pressure sores due to lying or sitting in one position too long.
- Medication errors including overdoses as well as missed medications.
- Pain and suffering due to inadequate response to reports of pain.
- Infections due to neglect and inadequate medical treatment.
- Sprains, broken bones and even death due to falls.
Sometimes the nursing home industry puts profit over those who are in their care. The business saves money by simply neglecting proper staffing.
The Pearson Law Firm represents Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility residents and their families when care has turned to abuse and neglect. The firm represents clients in all of Washington State, including Seattle, King County and Issaquah.
If you believe your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you need the experience and expertise of one of our personal injury attorneys, Attorney Jerry Pearson, Attorney Michele Pearson. They offer a free consultation in order to review the facts of your case. They will fight to be sure you and your loved one get the compensation you deserve.