Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers
Do You Need the Help of Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers?
You found a nursing home that you thought was a good match for your loved one. You felt comfortable with your choice and believed the facility would treat your loved one with care and respect. But your trust was violated. Your loved one endured neglect or abuse and suffered physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The nursing home lawyers at the National Injured Senior Law Center are here to help you and your family.
There is no shame in suffering abuse and neglect. The elderly and disabled do not deserve it and are not to blame for it. They are not capable of stopping it themselves, especially if nursing home staff and management fail to take it seriously or look the other way.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected, you are not to blame either. You made the best decisions you could, and like many others, you thought the nursing home was trustworthy. Instead of second-guessing yourself, take steps to protect your loved one while making those accountable responsible for their actions by contacting our nursing home abuse lawyers at the National Injured Senior Law Center.
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Our lawyers are ready to fight for you and your loved one. Get the compensation you deserve and get your loved one the legal protection he or she ought to have. Call us today at 410-625-4878 or email Steve.GET HELP TODAY
Why You Should Contact Our Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
Neglect is the refusal or failure of a nursing home employee to fulfill his or her obligations or duties to a resident, such as providing food, clothing, medicine, shelter, supervision, and medical care and services that are essential for his or her well-being.
Specific examples of nursing home neglect include:
- Failing to aid residents who are at risk of falling
- Failing to perform regular health checks
- Failing to provide ill residents with proper medical care, including transportation to a hospital
- Not ensuring the resident receives the proper medication
- No oral or dental care
- Not doing needed physical therapy
- Not changing residents when they are wet due to incontinence
- Failing to move bed-bound residents and avoid bed sores
- Failing to perform prescribed wound care
- Failing to keep residents hydrated
- Ignoring a resident’s request for help
- Failing to protect residents from physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse
If this is happening to your loved one, our nursing home neglect lawyers may be able to help protect your loved one and obtain compensation for the harm he or she suffered.CONTACT OUR FIRM
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help Make Things Right
Cruelty to Those Who Are Least Able to Protect Themselves Is Unacceptable.
Nursing home abuse is physical, sexual, or psychological mistreatment. It also includes financial exploitation when the victim trusts the person or when the victim is vulnerable because of his or her age or disability. The abuser is a nursing home employee who is not well supervised. Nursing home abuse can also be committed by a contractor, visitor, volunteer or another resident.
The Effects of Nursing Home Abuse
Physically abused elders have a 300% higher risk of premature death compared to those who have not, according to the National Center for Elderly Abuse (NCEA). Physical abuse can result in welts, wounds, bruises, lacerations, dental problems, head injuries, broken bones, pain, soreness, nutrition and hydration issues as well as aggravate pre-existing health conditions. Psychological abuse can increase feelings of distress, fear, lack of trust and depression.
Financial Abuse in a Nursing Home
Financial exploitation happens when a resident’s property is stolen, signatures on financial documents are forged or the resident signs them at the abuser’s direction without understanding what’s going on. Financial abuse costs older Americans more than $2.6 billion annually, according to the NCEA.
What Our Nursing Home Lawyers May Be Able to Do for Your Loved One
If your loved one has suffered serious neglect or abuse, legal action may be an option. The facts and legal claims would be based on the circumstances of what happened. This is an important reason why you should contact our office when you suspect neglect or abuse. After we’re retained, we will start an investigation to establish what happened, who committed the act and who can be held responsible. The longer our inquiry is delayed, the more difficult it may be for our nursing home lawyers to obtain critical evidence of what happened, how and why.
Legal Claims for Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Could Result From:
- An employee intentionally harmed a resident
- An employee acted negligently by allowing dangerous conditions to exist which resulted in an injury
- An employee neglected the medical care of a resident
- Management acted negligently by failing to adequately supervise employees who neglected or abused a resident
- The facility violated State regulations and/or statutes
Negligence Is a Legal Theory That Can Be Used in a Legal Claim If:
- The defendant (the party being sued) owed the resident a legal duty to live up to the applicable standard of care
- That duty was breached
- The resident suffered harm
- The breach was the legal and factual cause of the harm
- Under state law, and the defendant has a legal obligation to compensate the victim
A successful legal claim could result in an award of damages or a settlement covering the harm done to the resident, including for pain and suffering, actual costs due to the neglect or abuse including medical bills and moving to another facility, as well as to compensate families members for the mental anguish they suffered.
Steps Our Nursing Home Attorneys Can Take
One of our nursing home lawyers would file the lawsuit on your behalf. We would deal with the nursing home and its insurance company, gather the facts, and try to negotiate a fair settlement. Depending on the circumstances and how cooperative the insurance company is, the process could take months to years. Most nursing home abuse and neglect claims are settled by the facility’s insurance policyholder.
In most cases, residents involved in legal actions transfer from the facility where they’ve been harmed because the nursing home can’t be trusted. The form of payment (Medicare, Medicaid, or long-term care insurance) would normally follow the resident to the next facility.
Find Out if You Have a Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse Case
The best way to find out about the legal process, the rights of your loved one, and the best way to proceed is to schedule a free strategy session with attorney Steven H. Heisler or one of his associate attorneys. During this free, no-obligation session, our lawyers who help seniors will take the time to learn details about your case and answer any questions you may have. We can also collect necessary information from you at this time (such as copies of recent medical bills related to your accident) to get a better idea of how much your settlement may be worth.