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When Does Nursing Home Negligence Happen?

Types of Neglect

With over 15,000 nursing homes in the United States and 1.4 million individuals living in nursing homes, nursing home neglect is one of the most common types of elder abuse. More than two million cases of elder abuse are reported every year, and almost one out of every ten elderly individuals will experience some form of elder abuse.

Many nursing homes are understaffed or have not trained their staff appropriately. As such, a nursing home’s failure to provide an elderly person with the necessary care, whether intentional or not, can lead to a very dangerous situation. In fact, a study from 2010 indicates that up to half of all nursing home attendants have admitted to abusing or neglecting patients. Furthermore, more than half of all Certified Nursing Assistants (CANs) in elder care facilities have admitted to verbally abusing, yelling at, and using foul language with elderly residents of their facilities.

When a nursing home fails to provide adequate care for a patient, causing injury or death, that patient and their family may be entitled to significant compensation.

At Miller Law Group, PLLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, we are experienced professionals with a track record of getting our clients the best results possible. If you believe a loved one was or is the victim of nursing home abuse or negligence, contact Miller Law Group today.

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At Miller Law Group, PLLC, we are guided by the principle of attaining justice for people who have been wronged in their personal or professional lives. Reach out about nursing home negligence.

Nursing Home Statistics

How Many People Are Affected?

North Carolina’s nursing home statistics for 2023 are projected to underscore the increasing demand for quality elderly care services. With the state’s aging population, the number of seniors requiring long-term care is on the rise. Currently, North Carolina is home to around 427 nursing homes, providing care for over 36,000 residents. North Carolina is undergoing a significant transformation as the state’s 2.4 million baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, transition into retirement.

According to estimates from the N.C. State Data Center, by the year 2025, 90 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties will have a higher population of individuals aged 60 and older compared to young people aged 0 to 17. This demographic shift signifies a profound change in the age composition of the state’s population, making it increasingly important to address the quality and affordability of long-term care.

How to Identify Nursing Home Neglect

Know The Signs

Identifying nursing home negligence is critical to protect our loved ones from harm and ensure their well-being. Often, negligence manifests as a lack of attention to older people, resulting in their health and safety being compromised. Signs of such negligence could include unexplained injuries, sudden mood changes, or conditions resulting from poor hygiene, such as skin infections or lice. Here are some more signs that your loved one may be facing nursing home negligence:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Bruises and broken bones
  • Hospitalization
  • Sudden behavioral changes
  • Heavily medicated
  • Patient is reluctant to speak to nursing home staff

Another form of negligence is medical neglect, where the nursing home fails to provide adequate medical care. This can be identified through the recurrence of preventable conditions like bedsores, unexpected loss of weight, or signs of over or under-medication.

It’s also important to watch out for social neglect. If your loved one seems unusually isolated, depressed, or anxious, it could be a sign they are not being cared for properly.

If you suspect nursing home negligence, it is paramount to contact an attorney immediately. An attorney specializing in personal injury and elder law can help investigate your concerns, validate them, and guide you through the process of holding the facility accountable. Negligence in a nursing home is not only unacceptable but also illegal, and an attorney can help ensure that your loved one’s rights are upheld and that they receive the care they deserve.

40% of Residents Have Reported Abuse

Protect Your Loved Ones

According to recent studies, an alarming forty percent (40%) of nursing home residents have reported instances of abuse, ranging from physical to emotional. Additionally, an astonishing ninety percent (90%) of residents have expressed that they or another resident within the facility have experienced neglect, failing to receive the care and attention they deserve. These distressing statistics shed light on the urgent need for improved safeguards and better standards of care within nursing homes.

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What To Do If You Suspect Negligence

Contact An Experienced Attorney For Help

If you suspect nursing home negligence, it’s vital to act promptly to ensure the safety of your loved one. Start by having an open conversation, encouraging them to share any concerns they may have. Take note of any signs of neglect, documenting them carefully. Communicate your concerns with the nursing home staff, emphasizing the importance of addressing the issues. If the concerns persist, it’s advisable to report the situation to the relevant authorities. Seeking guidance from a personal injury attorney specializing in nursing home negligence can also provide valuable support and guidance in navigating this challenging situation.

Engaging an attorney in nursing home negligence cases can be invaluable. These legal professionals possess deep knowledge of nursing home laws and resident rights. They can assess the situation, gather evidence, negotiate with the nursing home, manage the lawsuit, and help you seek compensation. You’re not alone in this fight – professionals like those at the Miller Law Group are here to protect the rights and dignity of your loved ones in nursing homes.

About Miller Law Group

Skilled And Experienced Attorneys For You

Miller Law Group is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, dedicated to championing the rights and freedoms of individuals. Our firm comprises a team of highly skilled and experienced nursing home negligence lawyers. We are driven by a commitment to justice and are passionate about representing clients facing nursing home negligence. With over 150 years of combined experience, our award-winning attorneys have a proven track record of tackling nursing home negligence cases. Our firm is not just about work; we have a deep love for our community and invest time and resources in serving and uplifting Raleigh. At Miller Law Group, our aim is to provide exceptional service and to partner with our clients in navigating their legal journeys.