Nursing homes, including retirement, and convalescent and assistant living facilities, are intended to provide people with a safe and comfortable residence or environment for convalescence from accidents or surgeries, or residential alternative for their golden years. These facilities are required to provide a basic level of medical care as well as assistance with day-to-day activities such as dressing, hygiene, and meals. A failure of these facilities to provide adequate medical care, to follow medication instructions, or to provide security for their residents, can result in catastrophic and tragic consequences. There are statutes in Washington that protect specific classes of residents including elder care and elder abuse statutes. Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP has handled many cases involving death and serious harm due to nursing home negligence.
Nursing home negligence can range from physical and sexual abuse to medication errors and mistakes involving feeding. In addition, failures and breakdowns in security of the premises can result in harm from other residents, from outsiders, and even from the resident himself who may be suffering from dementia or incompetence. Inadequate supervision may result in residents wandering into hazardous areas or even off the nursing home premises.
Nursing home negligence can arise for many different reasons including inadequately trained employees, insufficient supervision, employee fatigue and unqualified staffing. In addition, problems with the physical facility itself such as an unsafe bed, unsafe bathroom facility or other dangerous or inappropriately maintained equipment can cause resident injury and even death. See our premises liability section for more information regarding unsafe facilities.
Elderly patients may not be able to communicate about abuse or may be afraid to do so. Thus, people who have loved ones in nursing homes must be on the lookout for signs of abuse. You have reason to be concerned if a patient has bruises or burns, unexplained weight loss, infections, pressure sores or medication is inconsistent or erroneous. There are many instances when residents of these kinds of facilities either cannot communicate or are afraid to communicate the problems and issues they are experiencing. Negligent care or supervision may support a claim for monetary compensation.
If you or a member of your family has been injured or has died because of inadequate or inappropriate care at a nursing or assisted living facility, please contact Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP at 866-454-RHHK(7445) or (253) 383-5388 or click here to submit a simple case form to receive more information.
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