Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawsuit
Nursing home neglect and abuse lawsuits have been on the rise following a $671 million class action award against California-based Skilled Healthcare in July 2010. Relatives of a 78-year-old Alzheimer’s patient have filed a nursing home abuse lawsuit against Pennsylvania-based Quadrangle Retirement Community and its parent organization Sunrise Senior Living for negligence, chronic understaffing, lack of trained workers, and violation of federal nursing home regulations. The lawsuit filed in the Delaware County court in the first week of October has sought unspecified damages accusing the nursing home staff of mocking, abusing, assaulting, forcing to go topless, and humiliating the residents and the management of failing to act despite complaints. A state investigation on their complaint led to arrest of three employees and temporary cancellation of license of the nursing home. The court is expected to make a decision on punitive damages, recovery, and compensation for medical malpractice to the victim and his family when the lawsuit goes on trial next month.
About 1.5 million American citizens live in 17,000 care homes across the country. According to a Congressional report, about one-third of them are reported every year for nursing home abuse lawsuits. A review of state inspection reports highlighted 9,000 abuses, including violence by staff members, and other violations by 5,283 nursing homes reported between 1999 and 2001. A CBS report in 2008 about Helen Love, who died days after being assaulted by an assistant at a Sacramento nursing home, created widespread protest in the country. The law empowers the residents, their family members, and relatives to file nursing home neglect lawsuits seeking damages for mistreatment, abuse, lack of facilities, injuries, illness, wrong medication, failure to diagnose, medical errors, disability, and death. Recovery of insurance and Medicare assistance are also covered under these nursing home abuse lawsuits.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Grounds for Lawsuit
People turn to nursing homes to ensure that the residents get adequate care and the attention required to lead a happy and injury-free life. However, many of these centers