If you have a loved one who has been the victim of nursing home abuse, there are certain steps you can take to remove them from the situation. One of the most important things to do is file a nursing home abuse claim. This will not only help your loved one directly, but can prevent others from being harmed later. Here are some of the basic steps to take in filing a nursing home abuse claim: The first thing we recommend is to take photos to document everything you can about the situation, whether it’s bed sores, bruises, or even hazardous environmental conditions. Next, you need to remove your friend or family member from the situation immediately and place them into a safe facility. (We recommend doing these two steps in this order, in case any questions arise as to whether the injuries were received after they left the nursing home, but certainly do not delay the transfer for a long period of time). Send a certified letter to the nursing home director and the Department of Health and Hospitals explaining the situation. Obtain the right to view the medical records, although they rarely match the reality of the situation.
In one case, the medical records indicated a patient had received a vanilla shake at 10 pm, even though forensic evidence proved that the patient had died outdoors several hours earlier. Medical charts aren’t always accurate and they are rarely filled out as things are happening, but much later in the day and often by a nursing assistant who wasn’t even involved. Still, it’s important to be thorough. Set up a meeting with the nursing home director and identify the particular staff members involved. If you can find ex-employees who can provide you with insight into the nursing home operations and deficits, or help identify the various staff members involved in your case, that is helpful. Residents who are lucid and can report accurate witness information will also be helpful. Finally, you will want to see an attorney. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation for the harm they suffered. Holding nursing homes responsible is the only real way to make them stop. If you or a loved one have ever been injured as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence, you can contact us toll-free at (866) 281-4774