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Nursing Home Accidents

Greenville Nursing Home Accident Attorneys

When you make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, you do it to make sure that they will get the intense care and protection from accidents and injuries that they do not have on their own and that cannot be realistically provided in the family home. Nursing home negligence is too common, and it can lead to serious injuries and even death. For survivors, the result is often a severely reduced quality of life and an early and unnecessary decline in health. If someone you love has been injured in a nursing home accident, our Greenville nursing home accident attorneys are here to help.

Nursing Home Accidents and Injuries

Examples of nursing home accidents and injuries that can result from negligence include:

  • Falls
  • Physical assaults by other residents, staff, or visitors
  • Cuts and burns
  • Choking
  • Medication errors
  • Elopement and wandering
  • Severe sunburn
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Infections and bedsores
  • Illnesses
  • Gradual, premature decline in physical or mental health
  • Preventable or premature dementia
  • Chronic pain
  • Loss of mobility
  • Permanent disability
  • Shortened life expectancy
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Coma
  • Death

Nursing Home Negligence

The causes underlying nursing home negligence are often a complex combination of common nursing home problems. Understaffing, shifts that are too long, and hiring undertrained and under-skilled nursing home workers who will accept a lower wage can often be found in nursing homes with a pattern of negligence.

Poor policies, poor communication, and failure to properly screen and monitor employees can also lead to very serious inadequacies and abuse, even in homes where the staff to resident ratio is adequate and shifts are reasonable.

Nursing home negligence includes failure to provide any of the following:

  • Supervision
  • Protection from attacks and assaults by other residents, staff, guests, and intruders
  • Protection from safety hazards
  • Assistance walking or transferring to prevent falls
  • Timely response to residents’ calls for assistance
  • Adequate nutrition and hydration
  • Proper hygiene
  • Clean bedding and clothing
  • Assistance with bathroom needs
  • Frequent turning of immobile residents to prevent bedsores
  • Timely medical attention
  • Proper dental care
  • Medications
  • Opportunity for socialization
  • Opportunity for physical activity when appropriate

If someone you love has been injured or killed in a nursing home accident, and you suspect that negligence was involved, please do not wait to take action. Call our Greenville nursing home accident attorneys at (855) 440-8104 right away to schedule your free consultation or contact us online today.