The Pathos of Nursing Home Neglect

» Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Nursing home negligence is just one of the many types of medical malpractice that plagues the mostly clueless US population but it is perhaps one of the saddest. Nursing homes are typically filled with the elderly and infirm which are mostly unable to care for themselves, and are on the whole helpless and easily intimidated. An article on the The Majors Firm points out that the physical and psychological trauma of injury resulting from negligence can be devastating, but especially for nursing home residents who may be afraid or incapable of reporting abuse. It is only when the injuries have become apparent or death occurs that the abuse comes to light.

Incidents of physical, mental, emotional, and verbal abuse deliberately inflicted by nursing home staff has recently made the news, spotlighting the problems that has increasingly plagued nursing home administrations. Problems include staff shortages, lack of available training, and failure to adequately monitor and evaluate staff competencies. Nevertheless, injuries and deaths due to nursing home negligence are believed to be significantly underreported despite the heightened scrutiny by government agencies and advocacy groups.

But these widely-circulated instances of nursing home abuse are not as prevalent as nursing home neglect. There is usually no malice or intent to cause harm; because many nursing homes are understaffed, in many cases of neglect the staff are just overwhelmed by the number of patients under their care. Even then, it is a breach in the duty of care of the health care professional, and as such is still actionable.

Nursing home residents who suffer from nursing home negligence have a right to be recompensed for their injuries. The families of those who died from abuse, error or neglect may also bring an action against the responsible parties. A personal injury lawyer in the area with expertise in dealing with nursing homes would be the ideal representative in such civil actions.

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