Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Washington DC Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

An investigation by the U.S. government found that 25% of U.S. nursing homes "had serious deficiencies that caused actual harm to residents or placed them at risk of death or serious injury." Elder abuse in nursing homes in D.C., Maryland and Virginia is a growing problem. Each day, hundreds of members of our elderly population are victimized. If your loved one has been a victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing or residential facility, there are probably other residents in the facility who are also being neglected or abused; in fact, there is probably a continuing pattern of neglect at the facility.

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In each nursing home case we handle, our Washington DC nursing home abuse attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC, carefully study the facility's history of violations of both federal and state law to determine if there is a pattern of neglect. We have had excellent results for residents and their families. We also focus on staffing and training deficiencies, which are often the root cause of nursing home injuries.

What Qualifies as Nursing Home Abuse?

Cases are often divided into two major types, malpractice cases and abuse/neglect cases. Nursing home abuse is defined as "willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish" under the applicable federal law. (42 C.F.R. 488.301). Neglect is the result of conscious indifference to the needs of the resident and failing to provide the degree of care and attention that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would provide to avoid physical harm, mental distress or mental illness. (42 C.F.R. 488.301).

Examples of abuse and neglect:

  • Assault and battery, including sexual assault
  • Failure to prevent infection or bed sores
  • Negligent failure to alert medical doctors of medical problems
  • Negligent failure to prevent dehydration and malnutrition
  • Virtual imprisonment or unnecessary restraints
  • Use of drugs not ordered by the physician or in improper dosages (usually some type of sedative due to insufficient levels of staffing)
  • Mental abuse

Medical malpractice, on the other hand, involves actions or inaction on the part of licensed healthcare providers. Nursing home residents may need ongoing care or medication and may fail to get the care and assessments they need in a timely fashion due to lack of staffing, incompetence or the failure of the staff to alert the physician to the resident’s declining condition.

If you need to take legal action, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.