Many elderly adults choose to live in nursing home facilities; in fact there are approximately 1.3 million nursing home residents in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Perhaps you have a loved one living in a nursing home that provides medical care, supervision, socialization, stimulating activities, and more. Unfortunately, even specialized facilities like nursing homes sometimes fall short of providing appropriate care. One problem is understaffing, or failure to hire enough well-trained, competent, and knowledgeable employees.
Nothing is more important than the health of your loved one, and understaffing is a form of negligence that could lead to injury, illness, and even death. If you suspect that your loved one suffered due to understaffing, a Los Angeles understaffing lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is available to discuss your case. Some victims and families can recover compensation for suffering and losses by filing a legal claim. Call (800) 794-0444 to speak with a team member today.
How Understaffing Affects Quality of Care
The health and well-being of nursing home residents, like your loved one, directly depends on a nursing home being run properly. This requires caregivers and other staff members to be well-trained and competent in their specific role.
It also relies on enough staff members being present to effectively care for residents. Even if caregivers are well-trained, organized, and diligent, if they cannot attend to all residents in an appropriate manner, this can be very dangerous. Many residents require specialized care with diet, medication administration, physical therapy, and more. Other residents might tend to wander and need to be supervised. If a facility is understaffed, these basic needs could become an oversight that puts residents in danger.
Reasons for Understaffing
While some nursing homes are publicly funded in some way, other private facilities operate as businesses. Like all businesses, nursing homes are subject to trying to cut expenses in order to generate a profit. Budgetary considerations are a primary reason that nursing homes are understaffed. Not only do some nursing homes try to cut corners by hiring fewer caregivers, they may also offer lower wages. Low wages sometimes deter qualified applicants from joining a nursing home, attracting less experienced caregivers who could be more likely to make an error.
Another reason for understaffing is poor management. Managers are responsible for making sure the right number of caregivers and facility staff are working at any given time. When managers make calculation errors in staffing, the residents are the ones who truly suffer the most.
High staff turnover can also lead to understaffing. Because it takes time to interview and hire workers, if a large number of staff are quitting or leaving a facility, there could be a gap in time in which the nursing home is understaffed.
There are many ways a nursing home can become understaffed, and multiple individuals could be at fault for this oversight. Unfortunately, even a seemingly minute oversight can be devastating to your loved one and other residents. If you noticed any signs of understaffing at the time that your loved one suffered injuries or suffered in any way, you could have a case. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Warning Signs of Understaffing
Some signs of staffing issues include but are not limited to:
- High staff turnover rates
- Disorganized or chaotic environment
- Complaints from your loved one or other residents
- Long periods of inattentiveness from staff
- Unanswered phone calls
- Lack of supervision
If you noticed any of these signs or other forms of suspicious behavior, you should report your concerns and seek immediate help. Your loved one deserves quality care, and your family deserves peace of mind. Understaffing is a serious threat to the health, safety, and happiness of residents.
Nursing Home Reform Act
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 is a federal law that outlines appropriate conduct in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. If a facility does not offer and conduct quality care to the best of their ability, they could be determined to be in direct violation of this law. Understaffing in a nursing home and other forms of negligence are failures to provide the care your loved one deserves. If you believe that your loved one suffered in any way due to a staffing oversight at their nursing home, your loved one could have grounds for legal action.
For a free legal consultation with a Understaffing Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Potentially Recoverable Compensation
Understaffing in a nursing home is a serious issue that can jeopardize the health of someone you love. Depending on your case, your loved one and family could be able to file a claim against the responsible facility. Many victims are able to collect various forms of financial compensation including reimbursement for expensive past, present, and future medical bills. A Los Angeles understaffing lawyer will be able to outline the potential forms of compensation available during this challenging time.
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Contact Us Today for Legal Help
If you are interested in learning more about your options during this difficult time, a Los Angeles Understaffing Lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help. Call (800) 794-0444 for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our team members. Understanding your legal options might feel like a daunting task, but Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is available to answer your questions along the way. Your loved one and family deserves justice if a nursing home was potentially negligent. There is a statute of limitations in California, so you may have a limited window to take action. Begin your journey towards justice and contact us today.