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Denver Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Like all businesses, nursing homes need adequate staff in order to provide adequate service to their clients. However, unlike other businesses, when a nursing home is understaffed, the consequences can be life-threatening. From falls to bedsores, and from malnutrition to lack of medication, insufficient staffing is often to blame for a wide range of issues and ailments, and residents who suffer due to their nursing homes’ failure to employ an adequate number of skilled caregivers deserve to be fairly compensated.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to inadequate care in a nursing home, we can help. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience representing nursing home residents and their families, and our entire legal team is devoted to holding negligent and abusive nursing homes accountable for their misdeeds. While some nursing homes simply cannot afford to hire sufficient staff, others choose to hire fewer employees than necessary in order to enhance their profits. Regardless of the circumstances involved in your case, we can help ensure that you and your family receive the care and compensation you deserve.
Two Forms of Insufficient Staffing
Like other issues that can cause residents to receive an unacceptable level of care, maintaining insufficient staff is considered negligent under Colorado law. Nursing homes have an obligation to ensure that the seniors they serve have access to adequate care and support; and, when they fail to meet this obligation, the law holds them financially responsible. In most cases, insufficient staffing takes one of two forms:
- Inadequate Number of Staff Members – In some cases, nursing homes simply do not have enough staff members to meet their residents’ needs. This could involve not hiring enough employees, or not ensuring that the home is adequately staffed at all times (i.e. failing to have coverage when a nurse is sick or goes on vacation).
- Inadequately-Trained and Inexperienced Staff – Another form of insufficient staffing involves hiring inadequately trained and inexperienced staff members. All nursing home staff should have the appropriate qualifications to perform their respective job duties, and caregivers in particular should be interviewed and screened to ensure that they can provide an appropriate standard of care.
Sometimes, the signs of insufficient staffing will be clear: empty halls and common areas, residents’ calls going unanswered, and a general lack of maintenance and upkeep are all potential signs that a nursing home is understaffed. However, it is not always easy to tell, and this is why it is always important to seek experienced legal representation.
The Consequences of Insufficient Staffing in Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents can suffer from a variety of ailments due to inadequate staffing. If you or a loved one has experienced any of the following, we urge you to contact us promptly to speak with an attorney about your rights:
- Lack of medication
- Bed sores
- Fall-related injuries
- Worsening of medical conditions
- Heat stroke and exhaustion
- Anxiety and depression
- Poor hygiene
- Untreated illnesses and injuries
Contact Our Denver Injury Attorneys for a Free and Confidential Consultation
If you suspect that your chosen nursing home may be insufficiently staffed, we want to help you. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced attorney, please call (303) 333-8000 or send us a message online now.