Nursing Home Negligence In Arizona
Phoenix nursing home negligence attorneys
One of the greatest fears of any family is that moment when they need to place a loved one in a nursing home. With so much bad press over the decades, nursing homes have become a dark place for most people, with a feeling of abandonment attached to them.
That is why families spend so much time researching the nursing homes they eventually select, to ensure their loved one will have a happy life and be treated well. However, even as it projects the most positive image, cases can come up where a nursing home is guilty of negligence.
Contacting an attorney immediately is the best step you can take!
When your family is going through a nursing home negligence case, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable, experienced attorney. There are many types of negligence in these cases and they will be able to direct you to the right course of action for your case. We have outlined some examples of the many negligence cases out there below.
Withholding Medication – This is a situation that has been addressed several times over the years. When you find that a loved one is not receiving their medication as prescribed, be sure to first report it to their physician. If the situation continues, you have every right to file a suit if the action causes harm or loss of quality of life to your loved one.
Bedsores and Skin Infections – One of the most common cases out of nursing homes are those that are discovered through the development of bedsores. Proper care prevents these lesions from appearing, making them a clear indicator of neglect. In addition, bedsores can bring about a Staph infection, which can prove to be fatal.
Loss of Life – Unfortunately, this is where negligence comes to light after the fact. The devastation of losing a family member due to negligence of the very facility being paid to ensure their quality of life is overwhelming. The resulting lawsuit is often just as emotional, if not more so.
These are just three examples of cases that nursing home negligence attorneys deal with and they are often very complicated cases, requiring a significant amount of time and effort from all parties. That being said, they are also emotionally charged cases that can change the future for other families, making it even more important that you contact an experienced firm like the Folger Law Firm if your family member has suffered from negligence.
What can I expect during a case that deals with nursing home negligence?
Once you contact us regarding suing a nursing home for negligence, you will need to be prepared to provide some important information. One item will be a copy of the contract you signed with the nursing home, which will have a clear outline of the expected care to be received during your family member’s stay there.
Another thing you may be required to provide is records of the payments made to the nursing home. This can help us to establish the timeline as to when services began and when they were terminated, as well as give a guideline to monies that may be due back to you, in addition to other costs.
Your attorney will discuss with you the many different regulations that govern the way nursing homes do business. A few examples of these regulations are listed below for you to look through.
- Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA)
- Social Security Act
- Older Americans Act
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
- State Adult Protective Services
These different and binding regulations are meant to keep nursing homes in line with proper care procedures, which are sometimes not followed due to inadequate staffing or failure to properly vet the nursing home staff. Yes, there are times when a nursing home is simply unable to provide the appropriate level of care for its residents. However, they are under legal obligation to notify the families of their residents in these situations and help to make arrangements for appropriate care.
My family is devastated and stressed; can the attorney handle the paperwork for us?
Yes, we can. We are professionals with experience in handling these sensitive and emotional cases. We know the required documents to be filed and can handle the acquisition of any records necessary, through subpoena if necessary.
In addition to knowing the ins and outs of the legal side of these issues, we can also provide a list of outside resources where you can seek counseling, financial assistance programs, and many other valuable connections.
Handling a nursing home negligence case is a delicate matter, which an experienced attorney is well-prepared for. Be sure to contact the Folger Law Firm in Phoenix right away when you suspect you have a negligence case, in order to start on the road to recovery as quickly as possible and provide some peace of mind for your entire family.
Contact Folger Law today to receive the legal help you need.