In order to protect patients from becoming victims of nursing home negligence/abuse, no matter what the cause, the United States Congress passed laws demanding that each state create regulations to protect residents of nursing homes. Nursing homes are legally obligated to follow these regulations. Facilities that fail to meet regulations designed to prevent nursing home negligence may be held criminally and civilly accountable.
If the victim of nursing home negligence is mentally and physically capable of reporting the negligence, then that individual may file the claim, otherwise, the family or loved ones of the patient may file a claim of nursing home negligence on behalf of the victim. Frequent visits to a resident of managed care facilities allow loved ones to monitor residents for potential signs of nursing home negligence. Abrupt changes in personality may indicate that something is not right, but there are often physical signs of nursing home negligence, such as ulcers or bed sores, dehydration or emaciation due to lack of food and water, injuries from falls when the resident should have been supervised/escorted, etc.
If either you or someone you love has suffered due to nursing home negligence, you should immediately take steps to make officials aware of the situation. Victims of nursing home negligence need to be protected from potential cover-ups or retaliation, which may require relocation to another facility. Relocating may be advisable even if the resident is not in imminent danger, if only to prevent further problems from nursing home negligence. An attorney will be able to inform you of your legal rights and can help you seek compensation for damages that result from nursing home negligence.
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