Abuse and neglect is becoming increasingly common. Two online tools are now available for users to identify the quality of care that is given in nursing homes: Nursing Home Compare and Nursing Home Inspect.
Nursing Home Compare allows users to download the full text of a nursing home's most recent inspection. It also gives users the ability to compare national and state average deficiencies, nursing home rankings, and nursing home staff information.
Nursing Home Inspect allows users to view trends and uncover specific incidents at particular nursing homes. This tool was originally created for journalists to report on nursing home abuses, but the data is now accessible to the public.
Experienced attorneys are happy to hear that these tools are now available for families to hold nursing homes accountable for the care that they give. Unfortunately, despite these measures, abuse and neglect is still a reality for many nursing home patients.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many different forms. The most obvious form of abuse is physical abuse, which may include hitting, slapping, or kicking a patient. Another common form of abuse is sexual, which may include rape or unwanted touching. Furthermore, abuse can also come in the form of emotional abuse, which may include giving the patient the silent treatment, not allowing the patient to see family members, or isolating the patient.
Because of this, victims need experienced attorneys who are able to fight for their rights against the negligent nursing home. The committed and knowledgeable lawyers at Portner & Shure are here to zealously fight for the compensation you deserve when you, or someone you love, has been the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect.
A perpetrator may be subject to various criminal offenses, but they also may be subject to a civil suit in which the victim may collect punitive and other damages. These new tools are a step forward in holding those responsible for their actions. Take action on behalf of your elderly loved one by calling Portner & Shure at (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 in Maryland, (703) 916-1227 in Virginia or (202) 554-1449 in Washington, D.C. today for a free case review.