Gross Negligence in Nursing Homes
Lawyers Fighting Back Against Nursing Home Negligence Nationwide
When we make the difficult decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home or long-term care facility, we expect that facility to provide our loved ones with the level of care and respect they deserve. Sadly, this does not always happen. For a variety of reasons—from lack of enough staff to poorly trained staff—nursing home neglect can and does occur in facilities throughout the United States. There is never an excuse for gross nursing home negligence; these facilities have a responsibility to care for their residents and provide for their basic needs. Failing to do so is not only morally wrong, but it is also unlawful. Victims and their loved ones can seek legal recourse, justice, and financial recovery by filing nursing home neglect claims.
If you believe you or your loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, or anywhere in the United States, contact the Clinesmith Firm. Our dedicated nursing home neglect attorneys serve clients nationwide and fight for the justice they are owed. We work with a team of nurses, medical experts, and other professionals in order to build strong cases for our clients, and we have a history of success in this area. Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are all we handle; you can trust us to pour all of our time, efforts, and resources into seeking a favorable outcome for your case.
What Is Gross Negligence?
Gross negligence is a serious form of negligence; it shows a complete lack of care that implies recklessness or willful disregard for safety and human life. Gross negligence in nursing homes should never be ignored as it can lead to very serious consequences that result in death.
Duty of Care Gross Negligence
At Clinesmith Firm, we fight for justice against nursing home abuse and neglect across the country. We work to prove negligence by establishing the party had a duty of care and that a breach in this care was made by the negligent party. We believe it is the nursing home’s obligation to keep all of their patients safe and reasonably healthy.
In order to bring a nursing home negligence case, we work to prove the following elements:
- The person/party owed a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached
- As a result, an individual was injured, harmed, or died
By proving each of these elements, we have been able to successfully recover compensation on behalf of neglected seniors and their families across the U.S. in complex nursing home negligence cases.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence can and does take many forms. As a result, it can have many signs. It’s important that you are aware of these signs, as an elderly individual may be unable to recognize when neglect is happening, or they may be unable to speak up themselves.
Signs of nursing home negligence include:
- Unexplained cuts, bruises, and other injuries
- Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
- Signs of physical/chemical restraint
- Under- and over-medication (including overdose)
- Poor staff-to-resident ratio
- Unclean premises
- Soiled clothing or bedsheets
- Delayed medical treatment
- Medication errors
- Seeming unwillingness to speak in front of nursing home staff
This is not an exhaustive list; if you notice any of these or any other signs that something is not right, do not wait to contact authorities. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 right away and move your loved one from the facility. Next, contact an experienced Dallas nursing home neglect lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and the next steps to take.
Contact Us Today
If you suspect gross negligence or any other form of abuse is occurring in a nursing home, please contact the Clinesmith Firm. We have 20+ years of experience working solely on seeking justice for the elderly and their families.
The Clinesmith Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights and well-being of the elderly. That is why we only focus our firm’s practice on nursing home abuse cases. We have a team of experts that evaluate your case and work together to build the strongest case possible for litigation if needed. We provide all clients a free case consultation over the phone or in person.