When you place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you have every right to expect that they will be cared for properly. Unfortunately, because many of the large corporations running nursing homes choose “profits over people” and fail to adequately staff their facilities, elderly patients fall and break their bones, suffer debilitating bedsores or decubitus ulcers, receive wrong medications, become malnourished or dehydrated and, sometimes, suffer an untimely and premature death. When these corporate officers have notice that their facilities are short staffed and poorly run and do nothing to change it, they may be required to compensate the patients who have endured unnecessary pain and suffering.
How Can Our Most Vulnerable Citizens Suffer From Negligence?
There are state and federal regulations in place that govern things such as minimum staffing requirements, the number of times each patient needs to be turned each day, nutritional requirements, procedures for giving medication, the types of individual rights that residents are guaranteed, and required background checks on potential staff members to ensure that they do not have a history of violence, abuse, or neglect. Because of the negligence of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and nursing home directors, many of these regulations, which are simply the minimum requirements, are not followed.
Almost all of these errors stem from short staffing, an almost daily issue that causes problems throughout a nursing home. When a nursing home is inadequately staffed, nurses are pulled to units where they are not familiar with the patients they are treating, their specialized needs, and the medications that are being given. A nurse may not know the type of medication that a patient should be given, much less the correct dosages or rates, but he or she will usually administer it anyway.
Because there are not enough nurses to adequately care for each patient, many immobile residents will not be turned and rotated every few hours. As a consequence, these elderly residents suffer bedsores or pressure ulcers, which frequently lead to extremely painful, and sometimes deadly infections. After making multiple unsuccessful cries for help to the nursing staff, patients who are forced to lie in their own urine and unchanged clothes due to improper care will try to get out of bed and move around on their own. Unfortunately, this often leads to falls that leave patients with broken hips, internal bleeding, or traumatic brain injuries.
Because many of these companies are for-profit and because hiring and training more nurses costs money, they will frequently choose “profits over people” and prioritize their bottom line over the care they are required by law to provide to patients. If you or a loved one has suffered bedsores, broken bones, bleeding, renal failure or death as a result of a nursing home’s negligence, The Beasley Firm is here to help you or a loved one.
Successfully Serving Injury Victims With More Than Just A Promise
Many law firm web sites tell you that they can help you. They will tell you that they understand what really happened to you or a loved one, but unless they have real nurses and real doctors on their teams that have actually worked in a hospital or nursing home and have actually witnessed the care and faults of doctors and nurses first hand, like we do at the Beasley wrongful death law firm, they really cannot help you like we can. Here at the legendary Beasley Philadelphia Medical Malpractice law firm, we have specialized nursing home abuse and neglect teams that consist of doctors and nurses that have over 50 years of collective hospital experience in caring for thousands of patients.
Since 1958, the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating wrongful deaths, bedsores and medication errors with an unparalleled record of success. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and settlements. Our record of success speaks for itself.
If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured due to a nursing home’s abuse and neglect, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia medical negligence lawyers at (888) 823-5291. As always, we offer a zero fee guarantee, which means that if we don’t make a recovery on your behalf, you don’t owe us a dime. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation.