Insufficient Staffing

Insufficient Staffing In Nursing Homes

Like many businesses in today's competitive environment, nursing homes are paying careful attention to their bottom line and cutting expenses in an attempt to remain solvent. This can and does result in nursing homes that are understaffed and operating with caregivers who are poorly trained.

When nursing homes fail to properly staff their facilities, the chance of accidents and mistakes greatly increases. What's more, insufficient staffing and poor training are cited as two of the more common causes of nursing home workers engaging in negligent or abusive behavior toward senior residents.

Government studies show that more than half of the nursing homes in the U.S. are inadequately staffed.

At Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, our experienced personal injury and nursing home negligence attorneys fight against the deplorable practice of insufficient staffing in Delaware nursing homes. Our lawyers hold these facilities accountable by pursuing abuse and neglect claims on behalf of families who have suffered as a result of their misplaced priorities.

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Problems that can occur when a facility is understaffed include falls, pressure sores, dehydration and malnutrition, all of which stem from an overall lack of quality care and attention.

Families make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home because he or she needs special care and supervision that can't be found elsewhere. Staff inattention decreases the comfort and quality in the lives of nursing home residents and increases their risk of serious injury and death.

When nursing home staff are too overworked to respond to a request for help, problems multiply. Medication errors are made, hygiene suffers, patients are left for long periods of time unattended and signs of serious illness are easily overlooked.

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When a nursing home places profits before the safety of its residents and an injury results, it should be held accountable for the damages caused.

We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and recommend the best course of action during a free consultation. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. However, every claim has a deadline, so it is important that you contact us to review any potential claim as soon as possible.

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