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Common Nursing Home Violations

by Jared Staver in Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing homes are designed to provide patients with quality care in a comfortable environment. Unfortunately, nursing home violations often arise leading to injuries and in more serious cases, death. ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization, analyzed data from the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identifying the top 10 of the most common nursing home violations.

If your senior loved one has been injured or lost their life as a result of one of these violations, you should consult the Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. You may be able to recover a settlement for the nursing home abuse and neglect your loved one has experienced.

ProPublica and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Findings

In the study conducted by ProPublica and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the top violation that was found in nursing homes throughout the United States was accident hazards. Out of the 265,000 violations that were recorded, 17,331 of them were accident hazards such as clutter, insufficient lighting, defective rails, uneven or cracked flooring, or loose carpeting. The other violations that were discovered include:

  • A lack of an infection control program
  • The failure to provide necessary care for the highest practicable well-being
  • Unsanitary food storage, preparation, and distribution
  • The failure to develop comprehensive care plans
  • Services that do not meet professional standards
  • Clinical records that are incomplete or do not meet professional standards
  • Employees guilty of abuse
  • The administration of unnecessary drugs
  • The failure to treat nursing home residents with dignity

How to Identify Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect typically occurs when a nursing home is understaffed or has hired employees unqualified to provide proper care for all their patients. Often times, nursing home residents cannot explain what is happening to them and are afraid to tell someone that they are being mistreated.

Therefore, it’s essential for you as the family member to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Some of these signs include overmedication, dehydration, frequent bed falls, bedsores, bruises, broken bones, and withdrawn or passive behavior.

If you believe that your elderly loved one is not receiving proper care at their nursing home facility, you should contact the Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. immediately.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Today

The Chicago nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have helped many seniors who were victims of elder abuse and neglect secure compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering. If you suspect that your older adult is a victim or have lost a senior due to nursing home negligence, call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free initial consultation.