Nursing home negligence lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understand that the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is always a difficult one. Sadly, many elderly people have medical problems that require constant supervision and attention, and they are simply too ill to be cared for at home. Nursing homes are entrusted to care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable residents at a critical time in their lives. When this trust is violated, and nursing home abuse or neglect happens, the results are often devastating.
When nursing home neglect happens, nursing home residents have important legal rights. Skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities, especially those that house residents who are dependent on Medicare and Medicaid, must adhere to certain state and federal standards. For example, federal nursing home guidelines provide that nursing home residents have the right to be free from abuse by nursing home staff or fellow residents, including all types of physical and mental types of abuse. Depending on the circumstance, when allegations of elder abuse arise, a criminal investigation may be conducted. Compensation may also be available to cover expenses associated with the resident’s abuse.
Nursing Home Closure
Nursing home facilities that do not provide quality care may face the prospect of sanctions and even closure. Recently, a California nursing home was shut down after dozens of serious violations were reported. According to the New York Daily News, complaints ranged from general lack of training by nursing home workers to lack of supervision and deplorable health conditions. There were also reports of abuse by residents that are being investigated by local law enforcement officials.
Even more shocking is that after the state revoked the license of this particular nursing home, staffers reportedly walked out and left several residents still in their beds, with no one to supervise them or provide necessary medical attention.