Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more prevalent in hospitals and long term care facilities than many people are aware. Too many families have experienced the horror and sadness of discovering abuse after it is too late. But even after the abuse has occurred and, in some of the worst cases, the patient has died, the nursing home or caretaker must be held accountable. All too often, nursing home abuse lawyers find facilties withholding medical records to cover their grave mistakes.
Nursing Home Withholds Abused Patient’s Medical Records
In Oklahoma City, a family is still grieving the death of 96 year-old Eryetha Mayberry, but now they want answers. Mayberry was treated in the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehab Center. Before she died, one of her daughters placed a hidden camera in her room at Quail Creek and caught two employees abusing the elderly woman. The video helped their nursing home abuse lawyers get a conviction.
The elderly woman was badly hurt from the abuse. “They [are] supposed to make a record of every injury,” said Doris Racker, who is also one of Mayberry’s daughters. “And there were many injuries.” Now that Mayberry has died, her daughters have requested their mother’s medical records from the facility but are being ignored. “I’ve been told that it had to be sent to the corporate office, that was the first excuse,” said Racker. “The second excuse was the paperwork wasn’t adequate, which it was. Everything was there!” The sisters are worried that the hospital is trying to hide something. “I’m sure that a lot of stuff may be erased now, since they have had them for so long,” said Racker. Legally, the hospital is required to provide the medical records when requested by the patient or family member if the patient is deceased. The concerns of Mayberry’s family are very real and should not be dismissed.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy, and are having a hard time getting answers or medical records from a hospital or facility it’s time to contact nursing home abuse lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.