As Pennsylvania nursing home negligence attorneys, we were dismayed to read in McKnight’s Long Term Care News that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported that 90% of all nursing homes in the United States were charged with varying degrees of violations in 2007. These violations often involved the nursing homes’ failure to follow established federal or state rules and regulations. McKnight’s columnists Paola DiNatale and Brad Granger say that nursing homes need to include all these rules and regulations in their facilities’ policies as a way of avoiding harm of all kinds.
Of course nursing homes should do this. It benefits patients, staff, and the institutions alike if nursing homes are run well and no one suffers any harm. And of course, most nursing homes do say they plan to follow these rules and policies in the literature they give to patients and families. But if 90% of all nursing homes are failing to meet the standards set out by state and federal rules and regulations, clearly not all nursing homes are following through. In some cases, inattention may cause the lapses; in other cases, it’s a dangerously overworked staff or employees who misuse their power to residents’ detriment. But no matter what the cause, families that discover the problems too late can end up with a seriously injured or ill loved one and high medical bills that make them seriously consider a lawsuit.
As Philadelphia nursing home negligence lawyers, we help patients and their families who have been harmed by nursing homes to get just compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one have suffered from a nursing home’s failure to live up to the requirements set out by state and federal regulators, please call Rosenbaum & Associates for a free consultation. You can reach us toll-free at 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 or contact us online today.