Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home abuse and neglect is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. The elderly, among our society's most vulnerable citizens, deserve to spend their twilight years in dignity and comfort. Yet too many nursing homes fail to provide even the most basic level of care for their residents.
If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you are understandably angry and confused. But please know that help is out there. Our nursing home abuse lawyers have represented many families who have faced the same unimaginable horror. We can help you as well.
If a person you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please call us today. Our nursing home abuse lawyers offer free consultations to families like yours. We will make sure those who victimized your loved one are held accountable.
Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take many forms. Physical abuse can include hitting, punching, kicking and other such contact on the part of staff or even other residents. Sexual abuse - any sexual contact carried out without the consent of the resident - has also been perpetrated by both staff and residents.
The use of restraints or forced seclusion as a punishment is also a form of abuse. Any such action without the consent of the resident or without the permission of their legal representative can be termed as nursing home abuse.
Any action that results in emotional suffering, anguish, pain, or psychological disturbances is considered emotional abuse. Such acts can be verbal or physical. Insulting the residents, threatening them, scaring the residents, intimidating them, or depriving them of essentials can all cause severe emotional stress to the nursing home patient.
Neglecting to provide residents with clean surroundings to live in, not maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation, dirty rooms and beds, deprivation of proper medication, over-medication, and deprivation of food and water are neglect on the part of the nursing home staff. Neglecting the residents and not fulfilling their primary care giving duties is another type of nursing home abuse by the staff of such facilities.
Financial abuse is also common. This occurs when residents are taken advantage of, and duped into turning over money, financial control or personal possessions to another.
Unfortunately, when one type of abuse exists, other forms are likely also occurring. That's why it is so important to take action when you suspect a loved is the victim of maltreatment at a nursing home. If unscrupulous nursing home operators are not held to account, every person living in that facility is at risk.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
There are some obvious signs that abuse or neglect may be occurring at a nursing home. If you notice any of the following, it is important you act immediately:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in various stages of healing
- Bedsores or frozen joints
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident
- Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor
- Resident being kept in an over-medicated state
- Loss of resident's possessions
- Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices
- Abrupt changes in will or other financial documents
- A lack of staff, or staff appear to be overworked and short-handed. Staff who complain of their workload or lack of help could also mean a facility is understaffed.
It is important that you trust your intuition. If you have an uneasy feeling about the nursing home in which you've placed so much trust, there is probably a reason.
Legal Help for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Federal and state laws require nursing homes to provide high quality, individualized care for every nursing home resident. These laws protect residents who complain from retaliation by the nursing home and prohibit discrimination based on the source of payment. When facilities violate these rights, residents can file complaints with a variety of state and federal agencies. If found in violation of the law, nursing homes, their owners and administrators can be fined, have their licenses suspended or revoked, and lose their right to payments by Medicaid or Medicare.
If you believe your loved one's right have been violated by the nursing home that should be caring for him or her, there are steps you can take to hold those responsible accountable. To discuss your case with one of our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers, please fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) today.