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When Nursing Home Understaffing Leads to Abuse or Neglect

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on May 1, 2022

Much like the rest of the western world, the United States has a large aging population, meaning there is a whole generation of people who are needing extra care and assistance from experts via assisted living environments. This means the demand for quality nurses and nursing homes is more important than ever before, in order to support the health and wellbeing of our elders.

However, there is a serious staffing issue nationwide in the healthcare sector, which has been seen to lead to problems with the overall quality of the care being delivered, therefore resulting in abuse and neglect.

Abuse or neglect in nursing homes

There are many contributing factors as to why staff shortages have become an issue within nursing homes in the US. Some factors include the aging population, the COVID-19 pandemic, financing setbacks, and a lack of trained staff being educated and brought up through the system.

Understaffing in nursing homes is also problematic as it can offset instances of abuse and neglect toward patients as a result of present staff being overworked and underpaid. This can lead to general fatigue, low morale, and an inability to keep up with patient demands. Among other factors, these issues can attract negative consequences for your loved ones resulting in personal injuries like bedsores, psychological disorders, malnutrition, financial abuse, or mental health issues.

Get compensation for any losses

If one of your family members is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, The Husband & Wife Law Team can offer you and your family the legal support you need. They will assess your case and your prospects of receiving full compensation for any losses you have suffered by filing a claim to prove the health care facility owed a duty of care to your family member.

How do you claim negligence?

To bring a claim in negligence, there are specific elements that need to be satisfied in the United States. Namely, the health care facility has to have owed a duty of care to the plaintiff that was subsequently breached. Following the breach of this duty, if the plaintiff endured an injury as a result of that breach, this satisfies a claim in negligence.

How we can help

The Husband & Wife Law Team are experienced in instances of nursing home abuse and neglect, and therefore they possess a group of proficient experts with the required skill set and expertise to instruct you and your family through the procedure. An experienced lawyer from the team will guide you through the process by assisting with the relevant requirements such as gathering evidence, representation, and general advice as to your case. Specifically, you will need to provide information as to who caused the personal injury as a result of abuse or neglect whether it be a staff member, nurses, doctors, or administrators as a non-exhaustive list of examples.

Ultimately, ensuring safety, comfort and quality care for your loved ones is a paramount consideration for all families. When a healthcare facility or nursing home fails to deliver on these expectations, resulting in injury and discomfort, The Husband & Wife Law Team will work diligently to ensure your legal matters are settled and aim for the best possible outcome. Contact us today at (602) 457-6222.

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