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Nursing Homes Face Problems in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Written by Ankin Law Office

It has been more than two weeks since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Northeast, and many people in that region continue to struggle. Some residents are still without power. Others are unable to return to their homes. And nearly everyone is trying to sift through the damage and recover what is left of their belongings and move on with their lives.

While the vast majority of the stories surrounding Hurricane Sandy and recovery efforts are positive stories of generosity and assistance, there are some troubling stories of abuse and neglect. For instance, allegations of nursing home neglect at some low-income patient facilities hit hard by the storm are swirling.

According to this Huffington Post article, at least five nursing homes on the coastal edge of this storm-battered city were told by government officials to stay put, even though the facilities were in a mandatory evacuation zone and are just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean.  As a result, hundreds of disabled, handicapped and elderly residents were subjected to the storm’s devastating blows.

The facilities experienced serious flooding that threatened their backup generators. Loss of power can be a significant challenge for nursing homes and medical facilities since many patients rely on electrical machines, such as ventilators and dialysis machines. Moreover, the medical malpractice that are in need of treatments with electrical machines can result in life-threatening medical complications.

The decision to tell the nursing home staff and residents to stay in their facilities in spite of the mandatory evacuation order is the cause of some controversy since nursing home residents are vulnerable and require constant medical care.

Nursing home abuse does not always manifest itself by physical acts of violence. Nursing home abuse can also be committed through neglect or negligent conduct. Nursing home negligence can include subjecting residents to unsafe conditions; the lack of assistance with eating, drinking and personal hygiene; failure to move patients as necessary to avoid bed sores; and lack of prompt medical attention. When nursing home doctors or nurses fail to provide the adequate level of medical treatment, they may be liable for medical malpractice.

The Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to protecting the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you suspect that a loved one has suffered or is suffering from nursing home negligence, do not hesitate to contact the compassionate nursing home neglect attorneys at Ankin Law Offices at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the appropriate course of action.

Categories: Personal Injury