When looking for a top nursing home neglect and abuse attorney, Trenton, NJ turns to the lawyers at Davis & Brusca. Why? Because we are committed to holding nursing home companies accountable when they abuse and neglect the elderly. Our attorneys have long focused on this specialized area, and we have a national reputation for doing this work. We teach other attorneys to prosecute these claims.
Understanding why the neglect and abuse occurs is important. The vast majority of injuries occur when facilities go understaffed. Because of understaffing, workers cannot supervise and care for the residents they are responsible for. As a result, terrible, life altering, and life ending injuries occur.
Most of the injuries we see from neglect are death, bed sores, fractures, brain injuries, malnutrition and dehydration, and sicknesses that go undiagnosed until it is too late.
Understaffing being the cause of these injuries is well known. Medicare and Medicaid, who pays for most nursing homes in the country, specifically tracks staffing levels. The government has done extensive studies on staffing levels and found:
“There is considerable evidence of a relationship between nursing home staffing levels and resident outcomes.”
The government studies found “a clear association between nurse staffing ratios and nursing home quality of care, identifying specific ratios of staff to residents below which residents are at substantially higher risk of quality problems.”
Nursing home companies know this, but the most expensive cost for them is staffing. When looking to boost profits, this is one area where there is money to be saved – often at the expense of the residents.
The two most common injuries we see that are a result of neglect due to understaffing are falls and bed sores. Falls occur because residents that require supervision cannot get it because there are simply too many of them in the nursing home for staff to keep an eye upon. Even in cases where there are alarms to notify the staff when an at-risk resident is walking, they cannot get to them in time. Bed sore happen simply because there are not enough people to simply keep the residents clean and dry form urine and feces, and just move people in bed every two hours. The vast majority of both falls and bed sores are preventable with proper staffing.
Davis & Brusca has the skilled nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys Trenton, NJ trusts. We understand how to uncover the truth behind the problems. It is typically not about individual nurses or CNAs, but about a corporation making staffing decisions knowing that there will be injuries.
Our clients know that they are getting a firm that has a national reputation for prosecuting these claims. If you are in a position where your loved one has been injured or killed in a nursing home, rehab, assisted living facility, or group home, contact us.