When profits outweigh care. Commercialization of the nursing home industry has created an ever growing focus on the bottom line. Understaffed facilities, low wage workers and maximized bed counts increase profits, but at a serious detriment to patient safety and care.
- Rampant safety violations
- More than 90% of all nursing homes were guilty of at least one patient safety violation between 2000 and 2008.1
- Physical abuse widespread
- As many as 1.5 million seniors are abused every year.2
- Neglect often deadly
- Nursing home neglect played a role in the deaths of nearly 14,000 nursing home patients between 1999 and 2002.3
- Most cases of abuse go unreported
- One in five cases go unreported. Few people feel comfortable talking about this hidden problem.4
- Hunger and thirst
- From 2000 to 2004, 14,000 nursing home patients died from malnutrition and dehydration in the U.S.5
- Lax staff background checks
- There is a chronic nationwide problem of nursing homes hiring criminals.6
- Violent criminals on staff
- In Florida alone, more than 3,500 people with criminal records, including rape, robbery and murder, were allowed to work with the elderly over a two decade period.7
- The compliance game
- Nursing homes routinely come in and out of regulatory compliance to avoid violations and fines.8
- Drugging residents into submission
- A disproportionate number of patients are treated with antipsychotic drugs purely to control behaviors that nursing home staff find difficult to handle.9
- Fatal drug errors
- Every year there are 86,000 adverse drug events in nursing homes that are fatal or life threatening, and 70% of those are entirely preventable.10
We get their attention. Often just an inquiry from a nursing home abuse lawyer puts the facility on notice that they are under scrutiny. They may change their methods, or at the very least, treat your loved one with greater care and attention.
- We shoulder the burden, for minimal impact on your loved one.
- Most cases settle out of court, much more quickly than a typical lawsuit.
- A case is still valid, regardless of a patients dementia or death.
- A settlement could mean better quality of care for your loved one at a new facility.
- As caretaker, you might recover for most wages, emotional distress and expenses.
- Our firm absorbs all costs untill your case is successful. If you do not win there is no fee.
- Florida Health Agency Rates Nursing Homes In its Florida AHCA Nursing Home Guide, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) rates all Nursing Homes in the... Read more...
- Florida Nursing Home Ratings Interactive Map This interactive tool put together by the Sarasota Herald Tribune shows all Nursing Home facilities in Florida, color coded by... Read more...
- MayoClinic Bedsore (Pressure Sore) Reference More than any other illness, the most common cause of death in a nursing home arises from complications with bedsores.... Read more...
In the News
- Stephen Furnari to be Interviewed on WROD AM 1340 Daytona Beach Nursing home abuse lawyer Stephen Furnari will be interviewed on Tuesday afternoon, January 17, 2011 on WROD AM 1340 in... Read more...
- Furnari Scher Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in the News Articles and releases about Furnari Scher's nursing home abuse lawyers will be coming soon.... Read more...
Recent Industry Developments
- 'Reasonable Standard of Care'--Federal Government's Nursing Home Requirements How does one define nursing home abuse? The federal government has provided general standards for... Read more...
- The Magnitude of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Are instances of elder abuse in nursing homes really that widespread? According to the National... Read more...
- Elder Abuse in the Nursing Home and Beyond Unfortunately, elder abuse does not only occur in nursing homes. Senior citizens in assisted living... Read more...