Threats of Nursing Home Lawsuits Do Not Improve Care
- On average, each nursing home received one claim every two years.
- The most common lawsuits responded to falls (26.6%) and pressure ulcers/bed sores (15.9%).
- Other notable claims cited dehydration, malnutrition and excessive weight loss, physical or verbal abuse and medication errors.
Is this one of those “you can’t fight city hall” moments? There is no doubt that we are a litigious society. Many suits are unnecessary and ambulance chasers and people looking for a quick buck are to blame. Then there are legitimate claims that result out of medical error and / or negligence. To think that these do not give the organizations sued pause is disturbing. Perhaps they have built the average cost of lawsuits into their budget!