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The nursing home industry is big business in the United States. There are almost 16,000 nursing homes in operation in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. There are about 1.7 million licensed nursing home beds in the country.
Lawyers are called upon to provide legal services to nursing homes for a number of different reasons. In fact, a typical nursing home may need to engage the services of different types of attorneys, depending upon their specific requirements at any given juncture in time.
Nursing Home Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyers
Perhaps the most significant arena in which an attorney provides representation to a nursing home is in regard to matters involving malpractice and personal injury. The reality is that a typical nursing home can be a ripe target for claims for malpractice and personal injury.
Although there are many different types of malpractice and personal injury claims lodged against nursing homes, there are some complaints that are more common than others. These include:
A nursing home malpractice and personal injury lawyer not only can assist a facility when a claim arises, but also in developing proactive strategies to limit errors and conduct that can give rise to complaints in the first instance.
Nursing Home Business Attorneys
In addition to lawyers addressing malpractice and personal injury issues on behalf of nursing homes, there are attorneys that deal with business issues for nursing homes. About 70 percent of all nursing homes operating in the United States are for-profit business enterprises, according to the CDC.
Because so many nursing homes are in fact business enterprises, they have the same legal needs in this arena as does any other business enterprise operating in the country. In addition to regulations specific to the nursing home industry, there are regulatory requirements associated with any type of business venture.
Nursing Home Regulation Counsel
Nursing homes in the United States are subject to a complex and comprehensive regulatory scheme. There are regulations on the national, state, and local levels that require nursing home compliance.
The reality is that because there are some many regulations associated with the operation of a nursing home, a requirement can be overlooked. Although understanding how a regulatory requirement can be overlooked typically does not excuse the conduct, or lack of conduct.
Regulation and compliance represents another primary area of practice for a nursing home attorney in the United States. An experienced, skilled attorney arguably is in the best position to flesh out all regulatory requirements and to ensure compliance.
Initial Consultation with a Nursing Home Attorney
Whether the need is malpractice or personal injury, business, or regulatory, a nursing home lawyer typically schedules an initial consultation to discuss a prospective client’s needs at no charge. Via an initial consultation, a nursing home lawyer is able to evaluate the legal needs of a particular nursing home facility.