Nursing Home Abuse in North Carolina
Friends or family not treated properly in a nursing home
When people put their loved ones in a nursing home when they can no longer take care of themselves, they expect that they will be taken care of with respect and dignity. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. In North Carolina and across the nation, thousands of elderly people are mistreated on a daily basis. In fact, there was recently an report by CBS News describing this issue: CBS News.
Nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect can take many forms, but is often unseen by the majority of people until it becomes dangerous to the individual. Evidence of abuse can include:
- Bed sores
- Multiple slip and fall accidents
- Intentional assault
- Malnutrition/ starvation
- Wandering outside facility - lack of oversight
- Wrongful death
Injuries from accidents can also show signs of abuse, such as if a person suffers unexplained or unreported spinal cord injuries or
brain injuries due to falls or other accidents. The photo on the right is a photo of a resident who the nursing home claimed "rolled over in her bed and bumped her nose". The photo was taken in the ER just a few days before she died. I apologize for the graphic nature of the photo, but I want people to see what they are doing to people.
Don't let it slide- It is critical to fight for the rights of elderly victims involved in abuse in Greensboro as well as the entire state of North Carolina. Many times, these cases involve wrongful death and the Statute of Limitations is two years. You must act quickly. Nursing home residents worked their whole lives and now need our help, and nursing home corporations are paid very well to do this. Many nursing homes literally make millions in gross revenue each year. Instead of hiring another CNA or nurse, nursing homes pocket the money and put residents at risk. Click here to see a ranking of
Guilford County Nursing Homes.
Profit over people- Most of these nursing homes are owned by corporate chains from out of state who don't care about anything but their bottom line. We all know that this is going on in nursing homes, and we must stop it. Nursing home chains use this money to fight these cases very hard. Typically, we will have to spend tens of thousands of dollars just to get the case to court. Documents and medical records are many times altered, witnesses have disappeared or been intimidated into not talking, all of the staff say "I don't know anything," and the law on expert testimony is very tricky.
Experience- All of this makes it extremely hard to litigate these nursing home cases. If you look at attorney advertisements here in Greensboro and surrounding areas, many claim that they handle nursing home abuse cases but very few actually do. Ask your attorney for their resume, ask how many nursing home abuse cases have you taken to jury trials, and what was the result? You will need a very good
Greensboro nursing home attorney to handle these nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
Nursing home abuse attorney in Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem
Attorney James Roane III during 2009/2010 was the Chair of the Nursing Home Division of the North Carolina Advocates of Justice and a member of the Guilford County Nursing Home Advisory Committee. Attorney Roane speaks to groups on such topics as disaster preparedness for nursing homes, the arbitration of a nursing home case, expert witness rules and special considerations in nursing home abuse cases, and basic nursing home negligence. James Roane has litigated nursing home abuse and neglect cases across the state with solid results.
To our knowledge, in the last five years no other attorney in this state has tried as many cases or handled as many arbitrations as James has. In his last arbitration, the nursing home hired five lawyers to fight James. The lead trial lawyer flew in from Texas, but James still won the case. Experience counts. This does not guarantee that it will happen in your case as all cases are different. However, he cares about nursing home patients and will do his utmost to make sure you they don't get away with it. If a loved one has experienced nursing home negligence, abuse or elder abuse, it is critical to seek legal representation. You are fighting not only for your loved one's rights, but also for the rights of every elderly individual living in a residential care facility.
Finally, if you want information on Greensboro area nursing homes, you can look at my Nursing Home Rating and Review. I have listed most of the nursing homes in the Piedmont area, and ranked them according to staffing and survey results.