Nursing Home Negligence
Swanson Gardner Meyers, PLLC, has more than 30 years of experience holding nursing homes and long term care facilities responsible for abusive, negligent care of their elderly and disabled patients when care facilities put profit before compassionate, competent care.
Competent standards of care that must be adhered to are outlined in the State of Washington’s Abuse of Vulnerable Adults Act. If the vulnerable, ill or disabled adult cared for in a nursing home, resident facility, or by a licensed caregiver, is harmed or neglected, it may be considered negligence.
We have represented patients and family members with power of attorney in cases involving terrible suffering and neglect in nursing homes, including:
- Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Dropped patients
- Failure to monitor
- Failure to provide adequate therapy
- Medication errors
We represented a 60 year old man who was cognitively impaired, was severely diabetic, had multiple comorbidities, and was living on disability. Following a simple abdominal surgery, he was admitted to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation. Within 3 weeks of his admission to the nursing facility he was returned to the hospital for emergency care. Both of his legs were amputated above his knees. The nursing facility had so neglected him that his feet became severely infected and necrotic. We sued the nursing facility, and obtained a large result, allowing him to live out the remainder of his life in pleasant surroundings where, for the rest of his short life, he received excellent medical care.
In another case, we were retained by the adult children of a delightful, 90 year old woman who suffered from Alzheimer’s. After being dropped by an aid trainee who failed to follow Hoyer lift and two-person assist protocols, she underwent hip replacement and was transferred to a nationally syndicated skilled nursing facility.
Nine days later, their lovely elderly mother was diagnosed with a serious infection and decubitus ulcers. She never recovered. After her death, her eldest son came to our law firm, and told us he didn’t want another family to go through the pain his mother and her family endured. We fought a lengthy battle against multiple defense attorneys who claimed they “did nothing wrong.” Within weeks of trial, we obtained a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of this deserving family whose mother suffered needlessly at the hands of incompetent care.
Because the patient may be afraid or unable to phone us, seeking experienced legal counsel is often initiated by family members. We care, and we can help. Contact us for a free consultation.