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COVID-19 and Nursing Home Neglect

In the case of contagious diseases, insufficient medical staff and care can lead to rapid infections that spread throughout the residents of a nursing home. It is more important now than ever to bring this type of neglect to light, as patients in nursing homes are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 and other infections. Reports from around the world regarding infections spreading across nursing homes are a stark reminder that when nursing homes do not take the necessary precautions to keep their residents safe, medical emergencies can occur.

While not all contagious diseases, illnesses or injuries can be avoided in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is up to the staff to do everything they can to protect their vulnerable residents. For instance, to prevent the spread of contagious disease, nursing homes which fulfill their obligation to residents should be wearing PPE, sanitizing all public spaces, implementing social distancing policies, and ensuring that all residents are receiving enough food, medical care, and social checks to keep them happy, healthy and safe.

Nursing homes that do not take every step possible to protect residents are neglectful; and this neglect, especially in the case of a disease like COVID-19, can lead to serious results.

If your loved one has contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a nursing home, and you need help filing a nursing home negligence claim or lawsuit, our attorneys are here to help you.

Our experienced Colorado nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC are ready to fight to protect your rights.

Has Your Loved One Suffered From Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to be caring and safe places for our loved ones to live when they are elderly and in need of special care, such as round the clock medical assistance or help with day-to-day activities. The amount of trust that we place in the people who run nursing homes and assisted living centers cannot be overstated. The owners and staff of nursing homes are responsible for the emotional, physical and overall well-being of many dearly beloved family members. When that trust is violated with nursing home neglect and abuse, it is our elderly loved ones who suffer the consequences.

If your loved one has suffered from the results of abuse and neglect while living in a nursing home or assisted living facility in Colorado, you should know that you are not alone. The attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC are ready to work with you to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our community.

What is Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

Nursing home neglect and abuse can encompass a wide range of behaviors. The ultimate consequence of neglect and abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility is the suffering of the residents that live there. This suffering can be emotional, physical—and even serious, such as neglect or abuse which results in illness, injury or death.

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Nursing home neglect and abuse are often the results of understaffed, underfunded and uncaring facilities that do not take the health and safety of the residents under their care seriously. If your loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, you may recognize these common types of abuse that those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities may unfortunately face:

Lack of Appropriate Staff

In some cases, abuse and neglect are the results of understaffed facilities that simply do not have a sufficient amount of trained, experienced staff on hand to manage their residents’ needs. A lack of appropriate staff can lead to many different abusive and neglectful problems, including a lack of cleanliness, unhygienic living conditions, lack of medical care, and a lack of social and emotional care.

A lack of appropriate staff may also include staff members that are not trained, experienced or certified to work with nursing home and assisted living residents. These staff members may behave unprofessionally or even abusively towards residents.

Insufficient Medical Staff and Care

Nursing home residents are a vulnerable population. They are considered high-risk for a variety of health conditions and illnesses, including contagious diseases such as the flu and the ongoing COVID-19. When nursing homes do not have sufficient medical staff, the residents’ health-related needs are neglected. This can lead to an increased risk of health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart conditions; along with an increased risk for the spread of contagious diseases due to a lack of medical staff and poor due diligence.

Residents who are on medications for conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes must have their medical needs met. Uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes and similar conditions can lead to serious illness and even death. Nursing homes with a lack of medical staff or general lack of medical care may not provide prescribed medications properly by giving improper doses or missing doses entirely.

RELATED: How to Report Elder Abuse in Colorado

Neglectful Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Must be Held Accountable

If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect and abuse, then the perpetrators of that abuse must be held accountable. Bringing neglectful and abusive nursing homes and nursing home staff to justice is important in order to provide compensation to the victims and to prevent additional people from being victimized.

If your loved one suffered abuse or neglect at their nursing home or assisted living facility, then your loved one or your family may be entitled to compensation for the emotional and physical abuse they received. We can help you navigate this complex issue and we will fight to ensure that you and your loved one are justly compensated.

Holding neglectful and abusive nursing homes and nursing home staffs accountable will also help prevent further victims in the future. The people who neglect and abuse these vulnerable populations need to be brought to justice for their actions. We will fight to ensure that the actions of those responsible for neglect and abuse are brought to light.

COVID-19 Wrongful Death Attorneys: Take Action Now

The immense amount of trust that we place in nursing homes must never be violated. If your loved one was neglected or abused while living in a nursing home or residential facility, contact our law firm immediately. We fight hard to obtain justice for the families of those injured or killed, and we can help you file a COVID-19 lawsuit against the negligent nursing home or long-term care facility.

Call Bachus & Schanker for a FREE Consultation at (303) 222-2222  to discuss the details of your case with our legal team. Our passion is justice.

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