As our population ages, more and more people are seeking to reside in nursing homes to deal with the physical and mental issues that often accompany growing older. When people enter nursing homes, they expect to be treated with dignity and with adequate medical care. They naturally expect that employees of the nursing home are appropriately trained to perform their intended functions. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and every day people are mistreated and neglected in nursing homes. Common kinds of nursing home injuries that may result from neglect include:
Before choosing a nursing home for yourself or your loved ones, it is important to thoroughly research potential facilities to determine whether they would be a good fit for your needs and also to see whether they have a reputation for a high level of care. Luckily for consumers, there is both public and private oversight of long term care facilities intended to help consumers choose a facility that is right for them.
Because of widespread reports of abuse and neglect, the federal government enacted laws in 1987 that require nursing homes to comply with federal regulations in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The Indiana State Department of Health also regulates nursing homes and residential care facilities by administering licensing requirements for these businesses. In order to provide nursing home oversight, people may report complaints about care provided at any licensed or certified healthcare facility to the department, and the department investigates all reports. There are also federal laws that require people who own, operate, are employed by, manage, contract with, or are agents of a long term care facility to report reasonable suspicion of a crime against a resident to the state.
In addition to looking to state and federal regulations and reporting requirements in evaluating a particular facility, a potential resident can turn to private organizations or companies that publish data and rankings about long term care facilities. One such publication is the U.S. News and World Report, which rates nursing homes based on health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of medical care. According to U.S News, the organization collects data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and organizes it in a meaningful way to assist consumers in evaluating and choosing a nursing home facility.
Before choosing a nursing home for yourself or your loved one, you should make sure to thoroughly research the facility’s track record in terms of patient care and any citations or complaints they may have received. Nursing home abuse in Indiana and neglect is a serious problem that can significantly impact some of the most vulnerable members of our society. People or families of people who have suffered injuries due to nursing home abuse or neglect may be able to bring an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility or other parties.
In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact an experienced Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit. Anyone who suspects nursing home neglect or abuse should also contact an Indianapolis nursing home abuse lawyer or South Bend medical malpractice lawyer to initiate an investigation.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.