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The Glassman Law Firm, P.C.

225 S. Meramec Avenue
Suite 320-T
Clayton, Missouri 63105

Phone: 314.446.6000
Fax: 314.446.6005

Frequently Asked Questions

Nursing Home Neglect / Elder Abuse FAQS

> Who can I speak with at the nursing home to discuss the quality of my father’s care?
> My mother was not given the nursing care her doctor prescribed at the nursing home. I’m afraid that if I don’t do something her health will get worse. Should I file a complaint with anyone?
> The nurses’ aides did not carefully assist my wife to the bathroom at the nursing home. She fell, was injured and had to be hospitalized. Should I call our family lawyer to help in filing a claim?
> We had to put my father in a nursing home because we were not able to care for him at our home. When we visited him, we told the staff that he was weak and not eating. They told us it was just due to his medicine. He developed diarrhea for several days and the aides were slow to clean him up. They did not notify a doctor. Three days later he died. The death certificate says that the cause of death was a heart attack. We tried to get the nursing home records, but we were told this will take a month or so. Should we hire a lawyer at this point?

Who can I speak with at the nursing home to discuss the quality of my father’s care?

Each nursing home is required to have a director of nursing, a medical director and an administrator. Their positions, and in some instances their licenses, may be terminated or revoked for failure to assure and provide proper care and treatment of a resident. Any or all of these individuals must be available to address your questions.

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My mother was not given the nursing care her doctor prescribed at the nursing home. I’m afraid that if I don’t do something her health will get worse. Should I file a complaint with anyone?

Yes. The Department of Aging employs nurse investigators to investigate complaints and inspect nursing homes. Plans of correction are then required to be implemented to rectify any problems. This information is available online to assist you in selecting a good nursing home. (Go to the Department of Aging link to get the complaint form.)

In addition, by filing a complaint, the state attorney general may commence an investigation that develops information the family may not be able to discover on its own. Under some circumstances, this complaint process may result in a lawsuit in which punitive damages and attorney’s fees may be awarded, in addition to compensatory damages, for a resident’s neglect, abuse or injury. Consult an attorney at The Glassman Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible so that prompt action can be taken immediately.

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The nurses’ aides did not carefully assist my wife to the bathroom at the nursing home. She fell, was injured and had to be hospitalized. Should I call our family lawyer to help in filing a claim?

The best way to determine if you have a valid case against a nursing home is to contact an attorney who is familiar with nursing home statutes and regulations. The attorneys at The Glassman Law Firm, P.C. are experienced specialists in evaluating and prosecuting violations of nursing home standards. If you feel that you may have a valid case of abuse or neglect, contact us for an immediate consultation.

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We had to put my father in a nursing home because we were not able to care for him at our home. When we visited him, we told the staff that he was weak and not eating. They told us it was just due to his medicine. He developed diarrhea for several days and the aides were slow to clean him up. They did not notify a doctor. Three days later he died. The death certificate says that the cause of death was a heart attack. We tried to get the nursing home records, but we were told this will take a month or so. Should we hire a lawyer at this point?

Absolutely. The failure to contact a physician to evaluate your father’s deteriorating health is a classic example of nursing home neglect by inadequately trained staff. The lack of cooperation in promptly providing your father’s records is very suspicious. More important than the final “cause of death” is the reason for death. Was he allowed to develop an infection that went untreated? Did his kidneys, his lungs and eventually his heart give out because he was not timely diagnosed and transferred to a hospital? The attorneys at the Glassman Law Firm, P.C. have seen numerous similar cases where nursing homes have attempted to cover up their substandard care by changing and adding to the medical records after the resident dies due to neglect. Contact us so that we can undertake a thorough investigation and see that justice is done in your case.

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Please see our page on Nursing Home Neglect / Elder Abuse for more information.

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