Understaffed and poorly funded nursing homes are all too frequently the subject of unconscionable neglect and abuse of vulnerable senior citizens and accident victims who cannot care for themselves.
The Angie N. N'Duka Law Firm, PLLC, is a full-service firm, that will hold nursing homes and their corporate owners responsible for pain and suffering due to inadequate, incompetent care, or neglectful care. We all know an elderly or handicapped person. This person may be a neighbor, a teacher, or a family member. At some point, they may no longer be able to take care of themselves and require constant care. This may be because of failing physical or mental health, or a combination of both. Eventually, a tough decision is made to transfer such a person to a nursing home. A nursing home's purpose is to care for people who require constant medical attention and care. These residents are vulnerable and entrusted to the nursing home's care. Unfortunately, this trust is frequently violated because of abuse and neglect to their residents.
Our firm is committed to holding nursing homes and their corporate owners accountable for their actions. Corporate entities trying to make a profit often fail to hire adequate numbers of nursing home staff, or to adequately train, supervise, and monitor their current staff. As a result, bed sores (decubitus ulcers), infections, nursing home falls, dehydration, and malnutrition are just a few of the injuries from which nursing home residents suffer, which can result in death.
Typically, nursing home neglect does not involve one wrong act; instead, a pattern of neglect usually exists. You should be alert to the following warning signs:
A person who is bedridden and cannot move needs to be turned about every two hours to avoid developing bed sores. You might find bed sores on a resident's legs, feet or buttocks.
Some residents cannot feed themselves properly. Generally, any weight loss of more than ten (10) pounds should concern you. Other symptoms may include not being able to stay awake, multiple urinary tract infections, severe weight loss, and parched lips.
Some residents may be forgetful and will walk aimlessly around the facility. A nursing home should monitor these people to make sure they are not a danger to themselves or others.
The nursing home must make sure that their facility provides a safe environment. Unexplained bruising, including restraint marks, and sudden firing of a staff member may be an indicator that something unusual is happening. Some other warning signs to watch for are:
We will utilize our knowledge, experience, and resources needed to fully investigate and successfully prosecute your case to obtain justice in the form of financial compensation for your loved one. Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. We urge you to contact us immediately if you suspect elder abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility. It is our goal to help ensure that nursing homes are safe for every resident.