Arkansas Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Examine Patients’ Rights
The Arkansas Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton state that cases of neglect and acts of violence against the elderly are more common than many may believe. In fact, a recent Congressional report claimed that one in three nursing home facilities were cited for abuse between Jan. 1999 and Jan. 2001.
One of the leading reasons for this epidemic is a lack of reporting resulting from a poor understanding of patient rights at nursing home facilities. An article from the Division of Aging & Adult Services reviews these rights in detail.
It is important for nursing home residents to realize and remember that they have the same legal rights to quality care as anyone else. Nursing home residents also have a right to be kept clean and unrestrained, either physically or chemically. Patients also have a right to refuse medication, as well as choose their own doctor from those that service the facility.
If a patient’s rights are violated, it is vital that the incident is reported so that it can be documented and action can be taken to correct the issue.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton’s team of Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes what a complex and difficult process this can be and are here to help anyone who has been harmed as the result of medical staff negligence at a nursing home.