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The Reality of Dangerous Nursing Home Conditions

Did you know that nearly 91% of nursing homes in the United States lack an adequate number of staff members to properly care for their patients? While most people assume that assisted living facilities are sufficiently equipped to provide their loved ones with the level of day-to-day care they need and deserve, the unfortunate reality is that a significant number of nursing homes throughout the country are severely understaffed. To make matters worse, a shocking portion of nursing home employees are simply unqualified to care for the elderly. In fact, recent statistics show that the average number of heath deficiencies per nursing home is 9.37, with the average nursing home experiencing 100 to 200 falls annually.

So why are these facilities so dangerous? Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Failure to employ a sufficient number of staff members
  • Failure to install necessary hand railings & bed railings
  • Failure to replace old or defective walking aids
  • Failure to install adequate lighting throughout the facility
  • Failure to remedy tripping hazards in a timely manner
  • Failure to monitor disabled or handicapped patients
  • Failure to promptly address a patient's medical needs

In addition to maintaining dangerous nursing home conditions, many facilities also fail to provide their patients with the level of care that they require. Statistics from the American Association for Justice show that most patients receive a mere 3.7 hours of direct nursing care per day. In some cases, this number may be less than half. This is one of the reasons why such a substantial number of elderly residents suffer from neglect-related injuries and illnesses, like bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, broken bones, poor personal hygiene and infection. Since many patients are unable to care for themselves in their older age, they are at the mercy of their caretakers-many of which are responsible for overseeing more patients that they can properly manage.

If you or someone you love has been subjected to unsafe nursing home conditions, you should not hesitate to take action. Far too many instances of nursing home abuse go unreported in the U.S., so it is important for you to shed light on the devastating nature of this problem. With the help of a Hartford personal injury lawyer from McCoy & McCoy, you can pursue financial compensation for the harm that you have suffered. Whether you have been neglected or directly abused, our firm will do whatever it takes to ensure that justice is served. We have been representing wrongfully injured victims in Connecticut since 1960, so you can trust that you will be in good hands. Call our office today at (860) 856-9283 to schedule a confidential consultation.

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