According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a department of the CDC, there are more than 1.3 million residents in the 15,600 nursing homes in the United States. The National Ombudsman Reporting System data shows that almost 15,000 of the complaints reported to Ombudsman programs involved abuse, exploitation or gross neglect. Neglect is the failure to provide an elder’s basic life necessities, such as food, housing, medicine or hygiene. Unfortunately, this is a growing problem as Baby Boomers age, and the numbers of people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s increases.
If you or a loved one have suffered from neglect or improper care in a nursing home, Weiner, Spivey & Miller can help. Since 2000, we have advocated for the victims and families of those who have been injured or killed due to the negligence of others. Our attorneys have over 190 years of combined experience in investigating, negotiating and trying nursing home abuse cases across Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Breach in the Standard of Care Results in Nursing Home Injury:
Eunice was 85 years old and was still doing crossword puzzles most days. After several falls and broken bones, she realized that she was unable to care for herself and moved into a nursing home near her daughter. While Eunice was recovering from a broken hip, an aide was assisting her on a short walk in the hall. Eunice used a walker. She should have been supported by a gait belt, but, instead, the aide walked behind her to give support. When Eunice fell, the aide was unable to break her fall. Eunice re-fractured her hip and broke her collarbone. The aide’s actions did not meet the standard of care for someone with Eunice’s physical condition. Ed Weiner negotiated a significant, confidential settlement on Eunice’s behalf.
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