Nursing Home Negligence
Pursuing Justice On Behalf Of Long-Term Care Residents In Louisiana
If your loved one was injured by the wrongdoing of nursing home staff, you have legal rights and options. Mark W. Smith & Associates, Attorneys at Law, is here to fight for justice and fair compensation on behalf of those injured in long-term care facilities throughout Louisiana. If you need an attorney to fight for you, call the Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer at 504-224-8388.
Offering compassion and personal attention, our New Orleans nursing home negligence lawyers handle a broad spectrum of cases involving elder neglect or abuse of other vulnerable adults. Such cases may involve:
- Bed sores: Also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, these disfiguring and painful lesions often form when nursing home staff fail to regularly reposition patients in their beds or chairs. Untreated, bed sores can lead to septic shock, gangrene or death. A Must Read Article: A Primer on Bed Sores, Pressure Ulcers, and Decubitus Ulcers.
- Falls: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die every year from fall-related injuries, including hip fractures and head injuries. Such falls frequently occur when nursing staff do not install bed rails, fail to respond to alarms indicating that high-risk individuals are trying to walk on their own, drop residents during transfers, and more.
- Dehydration or malnutrition: Many elderly individuals do not feel thirsty or hungry, even when their bodies are deficient in liquids and nutrients. It is the responsibility of nursing home staff to ensure that they eat and drink enough.
- Medication errors: Some medication errors involve giving the wrong pills to the wrong person, but errors can also include over-medicating a resident to keep him or her quiet.
- Poor diabetic care: Failure to provide appropriate care to someone with diabetes can easily lead to blindness, amputations and more. Diabetic patients are at much higher risk for infections and other serious complications from this disease.
- Physical or sexual abuse: Unexplained bruises and cuts, behavioral changes, anxiety and other warning signs may indicate that a resident is being mistreated.
Free Consultation With The Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer
To schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about how we can advocate for your loved one and your family, simply call our Metairie or New Orleans office at 504-224-8388, or contact us online. We only get paid if we recover money for you.