Nursing Home Negligence
If you have a mother, father, or family member that is in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you need and expect the nurses and staff to treat your loved one with care, compassion, and respect. Residents of these kinds of facilities are likely to have enduring health care issues and truly require nursing and other assistance to live safely. As such, North Carolina law requires nursing home facilities and their staff provide and abide compassionate and respectful standards of care. Lawmakers in North Carolina felt so strongly about this that the legislature adopted the Adult Care Home Residents' Bill of Rights.
DeMent Askew & Johnson, LLP will handle any nursing home or assisted living negligence case. If you believe someone you care for has not received proper care or treatment by a nursing home or assisted living facility, you should call an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. It is painful to see a loved one being mistreated in any way, especially at the hands of a facility in which you placed your complete trust and confidence. DeMent Askew & Johnson, LLP will assist you in dealing with this reality.
Common issues that arise in assisted and nursing environments that are likely to point to non-compliance with the standards adopted in the Adult Care Home Residents' Bill of Rights include bed sores and fall injuries. Also known as ulcerated wounds, bed sores can occur in bedridden patients from time to time even with the best of patient care. Timely detected and properly treated bed sores generally denote the opposite of negligence. However, when undetected and left untreated consequences can be devastating, bed sores can grow rapidly, cause systemic infection or sepsis, and even lead to death. If the staff at your loved one's facility is adhering to the standards prescribed by the Bill of Rights, bed sores might occur but should not be a serious issue.
Falls are also frequently seen in nursing home environments. Often an elderly person's need for round the clock care is triggered by a propensity to fall. Falls that happen when an elderly person is healing from another injury or illness can further weaken a patient and devastate the chances for successful recovery. Because of this, a fall in a nursing home has deeper ramifications and more stringent legal issues than a fall occurring in a store or at a neighbor's home.
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It is commonly difficult to determine whether a nursing home or assisted living facility has committed negligence without carefully scrutinizing the records. DeMent Askew & Johnson, LLP will carefully review all of the records and will also have the records reviewed by one of the many expert physicians or nurses they have used to assist them with nursing home cases in the past. DeMent Askew & Johnson, LLP will attempt to settle the case without filing a lawsuit. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit and bring the case to trial as soon as possible. Every step of the way, DeMent Askew & Johnson, LLP will be working with you and for you to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. If you are concerned about the quality of care your elderly loved one is getting in their nursing home or assisted living facility, call us today for a free consultation regarding your professional negligence matter. at 919-833-5555.
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