Another unfortunate example of elder abuse announced yesterday in Florida highlights the constant need to provide close scrutiny of all facilities providing care to our vulnerable seniors.
ABC Action News reported on the arrest of the Juanita Jackson Wright an assisted facility operator. Ms. Wright operated five nursing home which were supposed to provide critical care to elderly residents in the area. However, the state task force charged with rooting out illegal and negligent Medicare and Medicaid conduct discovered the three of those facilities were not even licensed by the state.
Of course, states require these facilities to maintain a proper license in order to ensure that the facility is abiding by all of the legal requirements enacted to ensure proper care of the residents at the home, including adequate staffing levels, appropriate emergency training, physical safeguards at the facility, and many other requirements.
Besides not obtaining licenses, Ms. Wright’s nursing homes had already been condemned by state officials. Investigators had discovered so many errors and dangerous conditions at the facility that they determined the homes to be unfit for habitation.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are experienced in holding nursing homes accountable. We have fought time and again for residents who have been injured and neglected in homes failing to abide by state and federal law. For example, we successfully negotiated a $1.5 million settlement with a nursing home that had violated that Nursing Home Care Reform Act. The legal and technical requirements created to monitor these facilities can be dense and confusing. That is exactly why you should seek out experts who have years of experience understanding these laws and fighting for the victims when they have been ignored. If you suspect any questionable behavior at a nursing home nearby, please don’t wait until it is too late. Contact a nursing home attorney immediately.
Follow the link to read more about this latest example of nursing home neglect.