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Tragically, many nursing home and long term care facilities across the nation are understaffed or employ unqualified and/or untrained staff members, which can result in a marked decrease in the quality of care that residents receive. More often than not the elderly do not report improper care, lack of care, physical abuse or mental abuse, perhaps due to fear of reprimand or a variety of other reasons. Some of the signs of abuse or neglect can include bed sores, bruises, open wounds, fractures, malnutrition, over medication and even medication withholding.
In the nursing home setting, we have found vulnerable adults who have been the victims of preventable injury. Examples include decubitus ulcers or bed sores caused by a failure to properly turn patients and provide an adequate nutritional status. Residents may develop a worsening of their medical condition if it is not properly monitored and brought to the attention of the attending physician. An elderly resident may be a fall risk requiring reasonable precautionary measures to be put in place. Reasonable efforts to prevent falls may lead to debilitating fractures and other life threatening complications. Our investigations of these types of case usually involve an examination of the medical records, review of the policies and procedures of the institution, review of federal regulations, deposition of important witnesses and consultation with expert witnesses.
Kassel and McVey can assist you. Call us today at 803.256.4242 for more information.