Cleveland Nursing Home Lawyer: Short-Term Patients Face Long-Term Risks Due to Nursing Home Negligence

April 27, 2015

A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services highlights a disturbing truth that Cleveland nursing home lawyers have known for years: short-term nursing home patients are falling victim to nursing home negligence at an alarming rate.  The report, released by the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, found that approximately 22% of Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities on a short-term basis (<35 days) suffered significant harm as a result of their care.  With more than 1 in 5 short-term nursing home residents suffering injury due to negligent care, it is an unfortunate reality that selecting the right nursing home may be a matter of life and death.

While individuals and families selecting a nursing facility for long-term care are (hopefully) more inclined to research nursing home options thoroughly, many do not devote much time or energy to researching a care facility when the stay is expected to last only a few weeks.  As Cleveland nursing home lawyers, though, we have seen numerous short-term residents suddenly in need of long-term care as a result of the injuries sustained due to nursing home negligence.  Patients receiving negligent care and treatment may experience falls, infections, medication errors, hydration-related issues, and bedsores, regardless of their short- or long-term status.  Because many nursing home injuries may cause traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and even death, short-term patients face long-term or permanent risks.

If you or your loved one were injured as the result of nursing home negligence, contact a Cleveland nursing home lawyer at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free consultation.  With decades of experience fighting for clients like you, our proven trial attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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