In February of 2020, the Attorney General of Vermont announced a $740,000 settlement with one of Vermont’s largest nursing home providers after multiple incidents of negligence and neglect were discovered. In one instance, incorrect food was delivered to a resident who had a respiratory emergency and died. In another, a resident was negligently able to discharge himself and became gravely ill the following day. In another, a resident was given an incorrect try of food and began choking and at another a patient was improperly cared for and developed painful pressure ulcers of the lower leg.
The lawsuit against Genesis HealthCare was perhaps the largest settlement with a nursing home in Vermont history and revealed the dangers that are ever present when a nursing home fails to deliver sufficient and quality care to its residents.
With the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, a troubling situation has gotten even worse as one in six covid deaths in Vermont have occurred at Genesis HealthCare nursing homes. Nationwide, nearly 100,000 deaths have occurred at nursing homes due to Covid-19 and many more unneeded deaths have occurred due to the strain placed on overworked and undersupplied health care workers.
When nursing home neglect happens, the families of nursing home residents may be able to take legal action against those responsible for the ill treatment of your loved one. If you have concerns or know that your loved one has suffered neglect in a nursing home, reaching out to legal counsel is the correct first step to help you find a way forward.
Nursing home neglect is the failure or refusal of a nursing home or a nursing home staff member to fulfill their obligations to the residents in their care.
Examples of nursing home neglect can include:
If you believe your loved one has faced or suffered from any of the above, you may be able to bring a lawsuit on their behalf to receive compensation and to ensure they receive the proper care that they deserve.
Our team has built a reputation for compassionate and fierce advocacy on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you know has been the victim of poor or inadequate treatment, including those living in nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities, you can reach Kramer Law by calling a 802-257-2221 or using our quick and easy contact form.
As our client, we will take care of all of the legal, privacy and insurance related issues surrounding your case so that you are able to recover and work towards a brighter and better future.