Millions of individuals each year consider placing a loved one in a facility where their living needs and medical provisions can be met. Placing a loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home can be a difficult and heart-wrenching decision. Unfortunately, the quality of care rendered in nursing homes across the country at times does not meet the standards of the individuals who are seeking its care or the individuals who placed their loved ones with the facility.
A number of governmental studies confirm that there is an epidemic of pain and suffering in our nation’s nursing homes. A special report prepared for a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform concluded that there was institutionalized neglect and abuse occurring in too many nursing homes.
Meritorious nursing home lawsuits serve as valuable tools for policing a nursing home industry rife with instances of negligence, malpractice, neglect and abuse.
Elder abuse comes in many forms. While some the more common forms of abuse result in:
In order to protect individuals that are in nursing home, Congress enacted the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 1987), also known as the Nursing Home Reform Act, setting forth certain requirements for quality of care. These regulations(hyper link to section below) demand that a nursing home that receives Medicare and Medicaid funding “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…” States may pass even stricter standards if they choose.
Datsopoulos MacDonald & Lind has vast experience handling nursing home incidents and getting results for our clients. If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse you should take action quickly and contact us online or call us at 406-728-0810 to set up a free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer.
 H. Comm. on Governmental Reform, Minority Staff Report, Abuse of Residents Is a Major Problem in U.S. Nursing Homes 1 (2001).