A Experienced Lawyer Advocating For Nursing Home Residents And Their Families
The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is agonizing for most families, but it is one that millions of Americans must make each year. The decision is especially fraught with the knowledge that although many of these facilities are efficiently operated and well-staffed by caring workers, some are mismanaged to a degree that leaves residents in danger.
If you know or suspect that a family member or another loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse, The Law Offices of Robert F. Rich, Jr. PLLC, can help you seek accountability and compensation. Attorney Bob Rich brings more than 30 years of legal experience to each case, and he is passionate about advocating for those who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongful actions of others.
Recognizing Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect
While some nursing home patients can communicate clearly and have reliable memories, others struggle with both memory and communication. Because they may not be able to tell you they are being neglected, it is important to know what types of evidence to look for. Potential signs of neglect include:
- Poor personal hygiene, particularly if it is uncharacteristic of the person
- Living conditions that are untidy and unsanitary
- Bed sores (also called pressure ulcers)
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained changes in mood and personality
- Falling injuries or injuries with no explanation
- Difficulty locating staff members when you have questions or concerns
The most common causes of nursing home neglect are inadequate staffing levels, negligence in hiring and inadequate training. While problems like being short-staffed are understandable, they are not excuses for neglect or substandard care. The adults in nursing homes and long-term care facilities cannot be self-sufficient, which is why they are there in the first place. It is the responsibility of facility owners and managers to ensure that there is no lapse in care or attention.
Share Your Concerns With A Caring And Compassionate Attorney
Nursing home neglect is unacceptable, and one of the best ways to protect your loved one and others is to hold the at-fault facility legally liable. For a free discussion of your options with a caring attorney, contact The Law Offices of Robert F. Rich, Jr. PLLC, to schedule an initial consultation. You can reach out online or call the office in New Paltz, New York, at 845-255-7424.