Negligence in Nursing Homes
Suing Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
A major study of nursing home residents throughout the United States found that 44% of all nursing home residents had been abuse and a staggering 95% of all nursing home residents had been neglected or witnessed another resident neglected. Nursing home negligence can range from seemingly innocuous incidents such as bumps and bruises to egregious lapses in care such as sexual abuse.
Nursing homes have an obligation to administer reasonable care to their patients. Injuries, illnesses, and death that result from negligence – whether by act or omission – can warrant a personal injury claim against a nursing home facility and at-fault personnel.
Claims of Negligence Against Nursing Homes
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are responsible for harm to their residents and patients, regardless if the harm was caused by one employee acting alone. With a negligence claim, a plaintiff is accusing the nursing care facility of failure to supervise its employees and ensure that each employee was delivering a reasonable standard of care. Negligence can also claim that a nursing care facility failed to implement state or federal guidelines that could have prevented injury, illness, or death.
Negligence Statistics in Nursing Homes
- Approximately 33% of all U.S. nursing homes have been cited at least once for harm to patients caused by failing to adhere to regulations.
- In a major survey published by the National Center on Elder Abuse, about 50% of nursing home staff admitted to either abusing a patient or neglecting a patient.
- Yelling at patients seems to be the most common form of abuse, with 51% of certified nursing assistants admitting to yelling at a nursing home resident.
Contacting a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Tampa
At Givens Givens Sparks we are dedicated to helping those who have been mistreated and wrongfully harmed in any type of personal injury accident in the state of Florida. Cases of nursing home abuse are no exception. In fact, we have put a great deal of time and energy into the legal protection of abuse victims. We know how upsetting it can be to slowly watch a loved one deteriorate in mind, body, and spirit after being placed in a care facility in which they are not properly attended to.
Therefore, we are devoted to seeing to it that these cases do not go unrecognized. Whether this means taking a care provider or facility to trial or handling your legal matters outside of court, we are ready and willing to ensure that the injustices experienced at your nursing home facility are brought to light.
The process of filing a claim or lawsuit can be complex, and insurance companies often deny certain types of valid claims or offer a low settlement in the hopes that you will accept it. Fortunately, our firm never relents until you receive a fair settlement or verdict. How do you know what amount is fair?
That is where our team of lawyers can help. There are many types of damages that are possible in any injury case, and evaluating your case before moving forward is a key factor in the amount of the settlement you will receive. We are well versed in all aspects of personal injury law and know how to present your case in a way that brings about the optimum results.