Roughly 1.5 million elderly adults live in nursing home facilities across the United States, and those adults experience an average of two million infections in nursing homes every year. Infections are associated with higher rates of death, lengthy hospital stays, and high healthcare costs.
While nursing home residents are older and more susceptible to infections, sometimes those conditions are caused by the abuse or neglect by the nursing home staff. If someone else’s behavior caused your loved one’s infection, you have the right to hold the at-fault party responsible.
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is here to help. We can investigate the details of your case and, if you are eligible, pursue compensation for your family’s injuries. You do not need to worry about how you will pay for our services. We work on a contingency basis and take our fee from the settlement you receive. That means if you get nothing, we get nothing.
We have worked on many cases like yours before and are proud of our results. For a free review of your case, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336.
Common Infections in Nursing Homes
There are many common types of nursing home infections, including:
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in the Elderly
A urinary tract infection can occur in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, or urethra. While women are generally more susceptible to this type of infection, men are also at risk. These infections can be especially serious if the UTI spreads to your kidneys.
A 2004 nursing home study reported that 5.7% of nursing home residents over the age of 65 had a UTI. Patients who have a catheter are at a heightened risk of infection, especially if the healthcare provider does not take the proper precautions before touching a catheter.
Pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections are a leading cause of death among nursing home residents. Signs of pneumonia can vary from mild to severe, and include pain when the patient coughs or breathes, confusion or changes in awareness, fever or abnormally low body temperature, or shortness of breath.
Adults over the age of 65 are less likely to develop a fever and more likely to have a low body temperature as a symptom of pneumonia, which can go undetected. Doctors may order blood tests or chest x-rays to diagnose respiratory infections.
Skin and soft tissue infections are common among the elderly. Cellulitis and infected ulcers are the most common. These conditions require accurate and quick diagnosis and treatment to prevent them from becoming life-threatening.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Though less common, another type of infection that can be a clear indicator of abuse is the appearance of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STIs are spread through sexual contact and can be the result of nursing home abuse.
For a free consultation with a nursing home abuse or neglect attorney, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 today.
Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect
Here are a few of the more common signs of elder abuse:
The most common signs that your loved one suffered physical abuse are the appearance of wounds, bruises, lacerations, dental problems, and pressure sores. They may also display signs of trauma, such as rocking back and forth.
Some warning signs of sexual abuse can include bruises around the breasts or genital area or torn, stained, or bloody clothing. Unexplained STIs are also another indicator of sexual abuse.
Signs that neglect caused your loved one’s infection include:
- A messy appearance with unwashed hair or dirty clothes
- The presence of bedsores or other preventable conditions
- Signs of depression
Recoverable Losses from Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
The nursing facility that provided care for your loved one is liable if abuse or neglect caused them to obtain and suffer from an infection. While we cannot estimate your losses without first examining the details of your case, some common awards include:
- Medical costs like hospital stays, surgical treatments, medication, doctor’s examinations, and other treatments
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
If your loved one did not survive the infection, your family may be entitled to awards, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your loved one’s care or death
- Lost wages from time off work providing care for your loved one
How a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Can Help
Our team is here to help you through the process of filing a claim from start to finish. We will investigate to determine what happened and how your loved one got the infection. During our investigation, we will gather evidence like witness statements, medical records, and video surveillance if it is available. We will also use medical records, bills, receipts, and other documents to calculate your total financial losses.
If we find the nursing home is responsible for your losses because of abuse or neglect, we will build a strong case to pursue compensation to the fullest extent of your family’s injuries. If we cannot reach an agreeable settlement, we will take your case to trial to pursue fair compensation. For a free evaluation of your case or to learn what options you have for recovering compensation, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336.