Nursing Home Staff Negligence and Training Failures
Insufficient nursing home staffing levels and inadequate training are often contributing factors in many preventable injuries suffered by residents. Many nursing home employees are over worked, under trained and insufficiently supervised.
When nursing home employees are placed in an impossible situation, it may be more likely for neglect and abuse to occur.
Examples of some nursing home injuries that may result from insufficient staffing or training include:
- Bedsores from failure to reposition and monitor residents
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Abuse or Assault from employees taking out their frustrations on the residents
- Restraint Injuries or Strangulation when restraints are used to compensate for insufficient staff to properly monitor residents
- Falls and Wandering Injuires from failing to monitor a resident’s movements or in an attempt to move a resident without the necessary help
INSUFFICIENT STAFFING, TRAINING AND SUPERVISION
Under-staffing in nursing homes has been identified as an increasing problem nationwide. There have been reports that over half of all nursing homes are understaffed.
For many facilities, profits are placed before the care given to their residents. In an attempt to maximize profits, the corporations which run the facility may be violating federal nursing home regulations by providing insufficient staff or inadequate equipment and supplies to accommodate the needs of all residents.
>>INFORMATION: Nursing Home Federal Requirements
Staff in nursing homes are often placed in an impossible situation where they are expected to do what is beyond their abilities. Most nursing home employees attempt to do the best job that they can, but in many circumstances the lack of staffing restricts them and results in injuries to residents.
When a nursing home places profits before the safety of their residents and an injury results, they should be held accountable for the damages caused. Nursing home lawsuits are pursued to obtain compensation for the injuries suffered and operate as an important safeguard in our society to protect the rights of nursing home residents and make sure that proper standards are followed.
NURSING HOME LAWSUIT EVALUATION
If a friend or loved one has suffered an injury as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, request a free consultation and legal claim evaluation to determine if they may have a claim. Our nursing home lawyers have experience handling complex injury claims and can review the circumstances surrounding the treatment to determine if your loved one and family may be entitled to compensation.
There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. However, every claim has a deadline, so it is important that you review any potential claim with a qualified nursing home neglect lawyer as soon as possible.