Nursing Home Abuse
Families and adults with elderly parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the quality of care in nursing homes. Federal law requires those nursing homes' activities and services provided to residents for their physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being be of the highest quality that can be put into practice. However, studies by the U.S. General Accounting Office, among others, indicate that many nursing homes fail federal health standards. Medicaid or Medicare is accepted by 245 nursing homes in Arkansas. These facilities serve over 18,000 residents. A recent government report found that over 90% of the 245 nursing homes in Arkansas were in violation of federal health standards during recent inspections by the state. More than 30% of the nursing homes were in violation as a result of residents being harmed or at risk of serious injury or death. Only 13 nursing homes in Arkansas were found by the state inspectors to be in full or substantial compliance with federal health requirements. The remaining 232 nursing homes - 95% of the facilities - had at least one violation that had the potential to cause more than minimal harm to their residents, or worse. Moreover, the vast majority of nursing homes failed to provide adequate staffing. Poor patient care in long-term care facilities can result in injury to residents. Common injuries include:
- Pressure ulcers (also known as bed sores and decubitus ulcers)
- Dehydration and Malnutrition
- Medication Errors
- Assault and Battery by Staff or Resident
Nursing home residents often become helpless victims of owners and management of nursing homes that care more about profits than they do for the people in their care. Nursing home patients and their families have a voice. Under Arkansas law there is a limited amount of time to file a claim for nursing home abuse, so call today for a personal no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights and learn how you can have a voice. If you suspect nursing home abuse, do something about it. You could save someone's life.
Call us today at 501-374-4440 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. Consultations after hours and on weekends are available by appointment. The consultation is free, and you don't owe us any money unless we recover for you.