Unfortunately, patients in hospitals, nursing homes or other facilities sometimes fall victim to physical harm or emotional abuse. Patient neglect is a kind of elder abuse that may be committed by staff members, other patients or residents of the hospital or facility. The facilities have a legal duty to properly provide physical and medical care for their patients. The facilities also have a legal duty to properly supervise and provide for the security and safety of the patients, such as elderly persons.
When hospitals or nursing homes allow patient abuse, we hold them accountable.
Nursing homes are meant to be a place where our elderly loved ones can live out there remaining years in peace, happiness and with the assistance of caring staff. Unfortunately, research indicates that patient abuse in nursing homes is a major problem in the United States. Each year, the National Ombudsman Reporting Service receives more than 10,000 complaints of abuse in nursing homes. Even worse, a 2008 study by the United States General Accountability Office found that seventy percent (70%) of state surveys missed serious health deficiencies. The study also found that fifteen percent (15%) missed actual harm to patients.
Is your loved one being abused in a hospital or nursing home? Allow our team of attorneys to bring them to justice!
A 2009 research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that elders who are subject to patient abuse are three times (3x) more likely to die while in care than patients who have not been abused. Don’t allow hospitals or nursing homes to mistreat or harm your loved one. They have a right to proper care and a right to be treated with respect. Eliminating patient abuse is one of our mission. We defend those rights.
If you or someone in your family has fallen victim to patient abuse, allow our team of skilled attorneys to fight back. Intentional harm or not, abuse in the health care sector should not be tolerated. Every person should get the proper treatment and care. Report abuse now! Call our offices at 859-258-2697 to discuss your case with an attorney today.
Reader, T. W., & Gillespie, A. (2013). Patient neglect in healthcare institutions: a systematic review and conceptual model. BMC health services research, 13, 156. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-13-156