Nursing home residents in Louisiana have a right to dignity, respect, and quality of care. When these rights are violated, the nursing home resident suffers greatly and may even die from neglect or negligence. According to Families for Better Care, Louisiana has the second-worst record in America in terms of nursing home quality of care.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents suffer serious injuries or illnesses when they live in a nursing home facility with undertrained or underqualified staff who are neglectful in their duties. Common injuries include:
- Falls: Injuries from falls occur in nursing homes because nursing home residents are not properly supervised, or safety protocols are not followed. For example, the bathroom the nursing home may not have a rail and the resident may slip and fall when getting into or out of the tub.
- Pressure or Bed Sores: If bed-ridden or chair-bound residents are not moved regularly, blisters form that ulcerate. Ulceration requires immediate medical attention and can quickly lead to damage that affects underlying tissue, bone, and even internal organs.
- Malnutrition: It is a basic responsibility of the nursing home to ensure its residents are eating and properly nourished.
- Dehydration: Similarly, dehydration is also a rampant problem in nursing home. Again, it is a fundamental nursing home duty to ensure its residents are properly hydrated and drinking water or other beverages throughout the day.
Criminal Charges Against Nursing Home Workers are on the Rise
In May 2018, H.R. McMaster’s father died in a Philadelphia nursing home. H.R. McMaster was the former director of National Security under the Trump administration. The nurse assigned to care for him was arrested and charged with neglect of a care-dependent person, involuntary manslaughter, and tampering with records stemming from the late McMaster’s death. Herbert R. McMaster Sr., an 84-year-old, was found dead in a wheelchair in the lobby of the nursing home at approximately 7 A.M. after falling and suffering a head injury.
Need a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?
Louisiana Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer & Dick LLC can help families solve unanswered questions regarding the death of a loved one in a nursing home facility. According to the federal government, 90% of all U.S. nursing home are understaffed and the problem is expected to get worse as more baby boomers move into nursing home facilities.
Contact our Louisiana nursing home abuse lawyers today to schedule your free consultation. We have three convenient offices throughout the state in New Orleans 888-601-0127, Baton Rouge 225-612-0800, or Lafayette 337-409-0003. You can also schedule your appointment via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or book an online appointment.
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