It’s a difficult decision to move a loved one into a Nursing or Long-Term Care Home, or to have to hire in-home caregivers. However, as average life expectancy increases, elderly care providers are being used more and more, both in either private or public Nursing or Long-Term Care homes or Centres, as well as in private homes, often at great financial cost. These caregivers and their establishments owe a duty of care to the senior(s) they care for and failure to meet that standard of care can result in caregivers being found to be negligent in carrying out their duties. There are many examples of caregiver negligence, including the following:
- Physical Abuse
- Unsafe Premises
- Failure to Follow Safety Systems
- Failure to Have Adequate Safety Systems in Place
- Failure to Provide Adequate Nutrition
- Failure to Provide Proper Medication/Medical Care
- Lack of Proper Staff Training
- Lack of Proper Staff or Patient Supervision
Common indicators of negligent elder care to look out for are:
- Unexpected Weight Loss
- Unsanitary Hygiene or Living Conditions
- Unsafe Living Conditions
- Bed Sores
It can be difficult pursuing justice in cases like these as often the senior(s) who have suffered from the negligence of others are not able to advocate for themselves. Other times an individual’s rights may be limited by contracts. It is important to act fast if you suspect someone you care about is being subjected to negligent care. The lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP have experience with understanding complex medical histories and the personal needs of elderly clients, and we can bring comprehensive claims against individuals and institutions that have provided negligent care.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a care provider, contact the lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP today for help.