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Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse

 

Recognizing that winning clients cases in nursing home litigation is often a complex and expensive process, the law firms of Doerr & Knudson P.A. and Greig & Richard P.A. have joined forces to bring aggressive, competent, and experienced trial lawyers to your side and to assist you with your claims involving abuse, neglect, or death to you or your loved ones.

 

Don’t let Corporate Greed in Nursing Homes be placed above the care for you and your loved ones.

 

Hal Greig, Esq., Stephen Doerr, Esq. and Randy Knudson, Esq., have successfully litigated claims involving nursing home abuse, neglect, and death for more than 20 years.  Mr. Greig, Mr. Doerr, and Mr. Knudson have been involved in cases involving:

 

·         Nursing home abuse and neglect

·         Abuse by other residents

·         Bed sores, decubitus ulcers, and pressure ulcers

·         Nursing home neglect resulting in wandering residents

·         Diabetic foot, hand, hip, and buttocks ulcers, sores, and amputation

·         Catastrophic falls resulting in broken hips

·         Sexual assault on residents

·         Wrongful death

·         Inadequate staffing

·         Corporate Greed & Fraud

 

 

AGGRESSIVE NURSING HOME LAWYERS

 

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms for both men and women, but can most easily be defined as any act by a caregiver that causes harm to a vulnerable adult. 

 

HIRING OUR LAW OFFICES

 

When you hire our law offices we will sign a professional services agreement with you.  This agreement is usually a percentage of the amount recovered.  This makes it possible for you to hire an experienced and aggressive law firm to represent your interest.  It gives everyone access to the justice system and representation and levels the playing field when you go against the insurance companies and the lawyers that they can hire.

 

If you feel your loved one has been a victim of a nursing home injury, we offer a free consultation and can help you determine what you can do.  If our law firms are not the right ones for you, we will refer you to a law firm that better suits your particular circumstances.  It will not cost you anything to find the right attorney. A fee agreement is usually a percentage of the amount recovered.  This makes it possible for you to hire experienced and aggressive law firms to represent your interest.  It gives everyone access to the justice system and representation and levels the playing field when you go against the insurance companies and lawyers that they can hire.

 

The Law Offices of Doerr & Knudson, P.A. and Greig & Richards, P.A. have an extensive library of nursing home litigation texts, treatises, codes, regulations, statutes, documents, briefs and pleadings.

 

Our law firm has represented clients state-wide who have suffered injuries and death in nursing home claims.

 

The Law Firms have litigated Nursing Home Cases at various locations throughout the State of New Mexico, including cases which involved:

 

  • Bedsores
  • Decubitus/ulcers
  • Neglect
  • Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Falls involving fractures/head trauma/death
  • Wrongful Death

 

 

SIGNS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE:

 

  • Unexplained injuries or bruises
  • Visible bruises/sores
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Broken bones
  • Sudden death

 

EXAMPLES OF NURSING HOME LAWSUITS

 

Nursing home injuries for which claims and lawsuits have been brought include:

 

  • Bedsores/wounds (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers)
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Bruises/burns/broken bones
  • Gangrene
  • Abuse/physical or emotional
  • Neglect
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Exploitation
  • Medication Errors
  • Falls involving fractures/head trauma/death
  • Restraint Injuries
  • Wandering/leaving the facility
  • Wrongful Death

 

 

General neglect is a common type of abuse, but older adults are also at risk for mismanaged health care, as well as, physical, mental and emotional abuse.  The consequences of abuse are severe and most commonly include dehydration, malnutrition, and sometimes death.

 

In each of the past three years, over 91 percent of nursing homes surveyed were cited for deficiencies.

 

Surveyors collect data from different sources.  They conduct a medical record review based on a case-mix stratified sample of nursing home facility residents.  They also review plans of care to determine their adequacy, audit residents’ assessments, and review compliance with legal requirements concerning residents’ rights.  In addition, surveyors observe facility operations and interview residents, family members, and staff to determine whether facilities are providing proper care.

 

In each of the past 3 years, over 91 percent of nursing homes surveyed were cited for deficiencies and a greater percentage of for-profit nursing homes were cited for deficiencies than not-for-profit and government nursing homes.  During those same years, the most common deficiency categories cited were quality care, resident assessment, and quality of life.  Additionally, 17 percent of nursing homes surveyed in 2007 were cited for actual harm or immediate jeopardy deficiencies.

 

Substandard quality of care exists when a facility has one or more deficiencies at the more serious scope and severity levels within certain categories.

 

The above contains excerpts from Memorandum Report: “Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies and Complaints”, OEI-02-08-00140, by the Department of Health and Human Services, September 1,. 2008.

 

CONGRESS HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THE CRISIS IN OUR NURSING HOMES

 

In 1987, Congress enacted legislation requiring nursing homes participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to comply with certain requirements for quality of care.  This law is included in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987), also known as the Nursing Home Reform Act.  According to OBRA, a nursing home “must provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a  written plan of care…”

 

To participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, nursing homes must also be in compliance with the federal requirements for long terms care facilities as prescribed in the U.S. code of Federal Regulations (42 CFR Part 483)

 

 

TIME LIMITS

 

You must timely file a claim or your case may be forever lost based upon time limitations.

 

Any information you obtain on this website is not intended to be legal advice.  You should consult with an attorney regarding your individual situation.