Compassionate Louisiana Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home residents have the right to receive respect, dignity and a high quality of care. When nursing homes allow staff to violate these rights, all residents suffer. Unfortunately, most of Louisiana’s nursing homes fall into this category of negligence.
Louisiana Ranks 50th in the Country for Quality of Nursing Home Care
According to Families for Better Care’s Nursing Home Report Card, Louisiana is the second worst state in the country when it comes to quality of care. It received this rating because:
- Residents receive an extremely low number of nursing care minutes each day (32 minutes)
- The state has the fewest facilities with above average staffing when it comes to registered nurses (8%)
- It has a high number of nursing home facilities with deficiencies (97%)
These statistics are abhorrent, and are indicative of the potential injuries and losses that your loved one can sustain while living in one of our state’s facilities.
Common Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Claims
Our elderly loved ones require significant personal and medical care while staying in nursing homes. It is an unfortunate fact that this reliance on nursing home staff can ultimately lead to serious illnesses or injuries due to negligent care. Common medical malpractice issues that arise at nursing homes include:
- Bedsores: Also known as pressure ulcers or pressure wounds, bedsores come about mainly because of inadequate turning and skin care. If you notice your loved one has a wound, require immediate care and ensure that you follow up constantly so the wound doesn’t get worse.
- Falls: Most falls occur due to lack of monitoring and improper safety measures. Falls lead to serious injuries and increase mortality and morbidity rates. If your loved one fell out of bed or fell while walking down the hallway because he or she didn’t have a sturdy railing to hold on to, seek immediate medical and legal attention.
- Malnutrition: Statistics show that up to 85% of current nursing home residents suffer from some level of malnutrition. Most often, malnourishment arises due to the nursing home staff’s lack of attention during meal times to ensure that each resident is eating the right type and amount of food. Protect your loved one from this as much as possible, as malnutrition quickly opens the door for further injuries and illnesses.
- Dehydration: Like malnutrition, dehydration is raging problem at all nursing homes, and nearly all residents do not drink enough fluids each day. Make sure that your loved one receives a full assessment upon entering a nursing home facility so you know how much he or she should drink each day. Then make sure that the staff documents daily fluid intake to ensure they keep a watchful eye over your loved one.
- Wandering and elopement: If you have any concerns that your loved one may try to leave the nursing home, make the nursing staff aware of this immediately. Then require that the staff put a plan in place to keep elopement from happening or to avoid injuries from wandering. Without a plan in place, and constant oversight, your loved one could be at risk.
In addition to these claims, we also handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases involving physical abuse, sexual abuse, improper use of restraints and wrongful death.
Turn to Our Caring Legal Team for a Free Case Evaluation
At the Monroe law office of J. Antonio Tramontana, Attorney at Law, we stand up for the rights and proper treatment of nursing home residents. We hold negligent nursing homes accountable for the actions of their staff and fight tirelessly for residents and their loved ones to ensure full treatment. If you believe you may have a claim for nursing home abuse or neglect against a northeastern Louisiana nursing home, call us at 318-340-1515 or email our injury lawyer to request a free consultation. We will discuss your situation and provide you with your potential options.