There comes a time for many of us when we are faced with providing care for an older family member. However, our financial situation and other considerations often limit our options for providing that care, and many families have no other choice but to place their loved one in a nursing home.
Unfortunately, according to recent statistics, forty-two (42%) of Mississippi’s 203 nursing homes were deemed “below average” according to Medicare. These figures mean that a substantial number of Mississippi’s nursing homes fail to provide adequate care to our loved ones who are residents at the nursing home. Such substandard care or neglect often results in our loved one being harmed instead of receiving the expected care – an unacceptable consequence!
Family members should be ready to protect loved ones by taking action when nursing home neglect is observed or detected. Following are some evidence of nursing home neglect of a loved one:
- bedsores (pressure sores, also called a decubitus ulcer)
- open wounds
- unusual bruises or cuts
- long-lasting or repeated infections resulting in sepsis
- unexplained or rapid weight loss
- death in the most tragic instances
Nearly all bedsores can be avoided or controlled if the nursing home provides timely and adequate care to its residents. Nevertheless, contrary to the medical facts, many times the nursing home administration or staff will inform the family that bedsore (pressure sore/decubitus ulcer) on their loved one in the nursing home is not unusual. They may also claim that bedsores come with getting older.
No loved one should feel abandoned or defenseless at the hands of a nursing home. Nursing home abuse or neglect is also considered a personal injury case. If your loved one was neglected, injured, harmed, or died unexpectedly in a nursing home, it is best to seek help from a competent Jackson Mississippi personal injury lawyer.
Personal injury plaintiffs may recover compensation for damages suffered including lost income, lost wages, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of consortium, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering, among others. Hire a personal injury attorney to discuss how you or your loved one could be best compensated.
Contact our reliable personal injury attorneys at The Rollins Law firm to get an injury attorney who will help you with damages and your personal injury claim.
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