Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing Home Negligence Takes Many Forms

Nursing Homes in North Carolina are required to comply with North Carolina statutes and federal laws.  These laws and statutes are designed to protect nursing home residents from injury and harm.  These laws relate to many aspects of nursing home care, including, safety, falls, accidents, pressure sores, nutrition, staffing, care planning, communications with health care providers, documentation, policies and procedures, reporting of suspected abuse and neglect, elopement, wandering, infection-control, and many other aspects of care.

Although not all falls, pressure sores, and other injuries are preventable, many can be prevented by the exercise of reasonable care, sufficient staffing, proper plans of care, timely communication with healthcare providers, and accident/injury prevention mechanisms.

If you believe that you or your loved one has been seriously injured or died as a result of nursing home negligence, click the "Confidential Case Submission" link below.

Nursing Home Negligence Claims That Gugenheim Law Investigates

  • Falls resulting in serious injuries or death
  • Stage 3 and 4 pressure sores resulting in infection or death
  • Severe heel sores resulting in amputation or death
  • Severe injuries of unknown origin
  • Sexual assault
  • Severe malnutrition resulting in death
  • Severe dehydration resulting in death
  • Elopement and wandering resulting in serious injury or death
  • Severe infections resulting in death
  • Bedrail entrapment resulting in serious injury or death
  • Medication errors resulting in serious injury or death

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How Do You Know If There Is Nursing Home Negligence?


Most nursing home residents are at risk for falls.  Although not all falls are preventable, the law requires a nursing home to comply with the standards of nursing home practice, including the North Carolina regulations and federal statutes, to attempt to prevent falls.  Fall prevention includes recognizing a resident's risk for falls, implementing interventions to try to prevent falls, modifying interventions if falls continue, implementing interventions to prevent injuries from falls (floor mats, pads), ensuring that there is adequate staff to monitor the residents, notifying the proper healthcare providers of falls, recognizing medication side effects, timely toileting, and conducting fall investigations.  If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall, click the "Confidential Case Submission" link below.

Stage 3 and 4 Pressure Sores

Although not all pressure sores are preventable, many pressure sores are preventable.  Pressure sores are generally caused by a number of factors, including, unrelieved pressure, damp skin, poor nutrition, and poor hydration.  Residents with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for the development of pressure sores, including diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition, peripheral vascular disease, and cancer.   Nursing Homes are required to assess all residents for risk of pressure sores, implement interventions to address residents' risk of developing pressure sores, routinely inspect all residents' skin, implement treatments to address any early pressure sores, report pressure sores to health care providers including physicians and physician assistants, consult wound care experts if ordered by a physician, and notify registered dieticians of the development of pressure sores or nutritional issues. 

If you or a loved one developed a severe pressure sore in a nursing home, click the "Confidential Case Submission" link below.

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Our Practice Areas

  • Nursing Home Negligence

    When nursing and rest home residents are injured or killed from neglect, Gugenheim Law will be there to take on the nursing home and fight for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves.

  • Assisted Living Negligence

    Our goal is to change the way the industry does business and to force nursing homes and assisted living facilities to treat our loved ones with the respect and dignity they deserve.

  • Hospital Falls Resulting In Serious Injury Or Death

    A hospital fall case is often sophisticated, expensive and complex litigation. Simply having a law degree doesn’t mean that an attorney has the time, resources and experience to handle your malpractice claim. There is no substitute for experience.