Nursing Home/Long Term Care
Call OnPoint to prove liability & maximize damages in your case
Nursing homes, skilled and assisted nursing facilities, home care agencies, group homes and hospitals are all charged with caring for our most vulnerable population, older adults, as well as chronically ill adults. Sadly, issues such as overcrowding and understaffing, lack of training and supervision, along with poor working condition can lead to patient injuries and suffering due to neglect or abuse. Research clearly indicated that higher nurse staffing ratios improves quality of care and health related outcomes.
Poor outcomes in these types of cases include: pressure ulcers, falls, use of chemical and physical restraints, infections, pain, loss of independence, weight loss, dehydration, overuse of medications like antipsychotics and higher mortality rates. We can help you prove essential aspects of your case such as liability and damages.
How we can help
Defense strategies often used include preexisting conditions, just being old with comorbidities or non-compliance. OnPoint can help:
- Retrieve medical records
- Organize and index records
- Provide case summaries
- Screen Cases for Merit
- Sign your case for merit
- Sign an Affidavit of Merit
- Locate specialized medical expert witnesses, administrators, Directors of Nursing, etc.
- Chronologies and Timelines
- Reports with opinions
- Expert Testimony
Common injuries in health care facilities include:
- Cuts, bruises, broken bones related to falls or physical abuse
- Pressure injuries
- Depression, personality, or mood alteration
- Serious infections such as urinary tract infections and sepsis
As a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney, you know the elements you need to establish to prove your case to a judge or jury or negotiate a full and fair settlement with the insurance company. Because long term care residents and older adults are often frail, unable to speak for themselves and/or are prone to certain age-related diseases, facilities and their insurers have built-in defenses to argue that no neglect or abuse occurred, despite a resident’s glaring injuries.
These injuries could be attributable to neglect or abuse, such as:
- Leaving a resident unattended
- Medication errors
- Intentional overmedication
- Social isolation
- Deprivation of food and water
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Physical abuse, including unnecessary use of restraints
Nursing Home / Long Term Care
View Fact Sheet (PDF)