When we put our loved ones in the care of a nursing home, we fully expect they will receive the care and respect they need and deserve. Tragically, a look into the data of nursing home malpractice is sobering:
- In 2000, one study interviewing 2,000 nursing home residents reported that 44 percent said they had been abused and 95 percent said they had been neglected or seen another resident neglected.
- A May 2008 study conducted by the U.S. General Accountability Office revealed that state surveys understate problems in licensed facilities: 70 percent of state surveys miss at least one deficiency and 15 percent of surveys miss actual harm and immediate jeopardy of a nursing home resident.*
The National Center on Elder Abuse says the situation poses serious difficulties because, "We simply do not know for certain how many people are suffering from elder abuse and neglect."
If a loved one has been injured in a nursing home, the situation can be confusing and immensely emotional. When the injury was sustained due to malpractice or abuse, the feeling of betrayal accompanies these already overwhelming emotions making the situation all the more difficult.
Because our team at Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, has more than 50 years of combined experience working on complex personal injury and medical malpractice cases, there is no nursing home injury case for which we are not prepared. Our attorneys combine a personal and compassionate approach to counsel with an unrelenting dedication and comprehensive knowledge to work on issues, including:
- Bedsores, pressure sores
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Wandering and falls
- Medication injuries
While we understand that there is nothing we can do to take back an elder abuse injury, we are committed to obtaining justice and compensation our clients deserve while bolstering accountability among elder care facilities.
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To get in touch and schedule a free initial consultation with our Charleston nursing home injury lawyers, call 304-553-0830 or email the firm.