Category: Nursing Home Abuse

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Can You Sue a Nursing Home for Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death lawyer can help you sue a nursing home if a patient’s death is a result of negligence, neglect, or abuse. Can you sue a nursing home for wrongful death? Depending on the circumstances, you may have a case. When we place our frail, elderly, and vulnerable loved ones in a nursing home, we expect them to receive competent care and be kept safe from harm. Nursing home staff have a duty to care for individuals with serious medical issues and the need to live in facilities with specialized medical care. When care is inadequate and a loved one dies due to the home’s negligence or fault, a nursing home abuse attorney may be able to hold the nursing home liable through a wrongful death lawsuit. If your loved one died in a [...]

Signs and Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse

Even when families perform due diligence in choosing an Asheville nursing home for an aging parent or relative, abuse can still occur. Many seniors who are abused are victimized over and over again before the abuse is discovered – if it is ever discovered. One of the most difficult things about discovering elder abuse is that many seniors have mental health problems or physical conditions that make it hard to detect. Abusers know this and often target patients with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. These disorders cause confusion, memory loss, paranoia, and other symptoms. The result is that when your parent describes to you an incident of abuse or theft, you may be unsure whether or not to believe their story. Abusers a[...]

Which Asheville Nursing Home is Right for Your Loved One?

In our last post, we talked about a Western North Carolina residential care facility that, in 2015, received a zero rating by NC Department of Health and Human Services because of numerous, egregious health and safety standard violations that left the facility’s residents at serious risk of harm. Despite this, the facility’s owner successfully sued DHHS to withdraw the dismal rating, along with the fines the agency had levied. Even now, the facility’s rating in state documentation is listed as four stars, with no issues reported or cautions to consumers listed about the home’s past violations. Many families deciding on a nursing home rely on state ratings to help them make the best choice for their aging parents. The fact that stat[...]

Is Your Loved One a Victim Of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Like many Asheville families, you may have struggled with the decision of whether to place your aging loved one in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. These facilities are often the safest place for seniors with aging-related medical conditions. However, many nursing homes fall short of fulfilling their obligations to patients, often leading to negligent or intentional harm by the employees of these facilities. Negligence in nursing homes Accidents do happen even in the best care facilities. Residents’ physical and mental conditions often cause them to fall, wander, or put themselves into other dangerous situations. However, if your loved one seems to have frequent accidents, nursing home negligence may be the real culprit.[...]