Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys in Oklahoma
We are on the side of families whose loved ones have suffered unfair treatment
For families in Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond and surrounding communities, the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home can be an extremely difficult decision. You want to trust the nursing home staff and administrators to treat your loved one with respect and dignity and protect them from abuse or neglect. You expect the nursing home to uphold a high standard of care. But this does not always happen. Unfortunately, it is possible for a loved one to face abuse or neglect while under the care of an Oklahoma nursing home, either by staff, other patients or visitors. Sometimes nursing home abuse or negligence may lead to the death of your loved one.
At the Dan Davis Law Office, our experienced attorneys understand that with an aging population comes an increase in the number of nursing home residents in Oklahoma. This demand has led some nursing home operators to overlook the health and safety of the residents in their pursuit of profit.
In Oklahoma City alone, families can choose from 78 nursing homes in the metropolitan area. According to U.S. News & World Report, only 12 of these facilities received an overall rating of five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But while a five-star rating can be helpful in deciding on a nursing home, it’s important for families to go to the facility and talk to staff and even families of residents when deciding if it’s the right place for a loved one. Even facilities that get “good grades” have been named in nursing home neglect lawsuits.
Not every case of nursing home negligence involves a medical professional. A staff member or even another resident may cause harm to your loved one. Specific guidelines established by state law are in place to maintain a healthy environment for nursing home residents.
Examples of nursing home negligence
Nursing home negligence can occur for any number of different reasons at Oklahoma nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But some forms of abuse and neglect are more common than others. Common examples of nursing home negligence we have seen involve one or more of the following factors:
- Inadequate levels of staffing to maintain patient supervision
- Failure to assist residents who are non-ambulatory (cannot walk on their own)
- Malnutrition or dehydration due to poor nutritional supervision
- Prescription drug errors in which a patient is not given medication they need, or in which the patient is given another patient’s medication
Your loved one may exhibit signs of negligence. They include:
- Loss of weight
- Bed sores
- Unexplained injuries
- A sudden change in personality
If a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect while at a nursing home, it is critical to seek immediate legal assistance. Your loved one may be injured. Yet nursing home staff members and administration may deny wrongdoing. They may say they could have done nothing to prevent an injury or accident. The Dan Davis Law Firm thoroughly investigates claims of negligence. We know how to uncover the true cause of nursing home neglect and pursue the damages you and loved ones need – and deserve – to get life back on track. Contact us today.