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.
To request a free initial consultation, call (202) 759-6699 today.
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.