Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
If you or a loved one have experienced abuse, neglect or mistreatment at a nursing home or professional care center, we are here to help. Make sure you are aware of what kinds of abuse may be occurring, how to spot it and how to stop it.
Nursing home abuse incidents in the U.S. continue to occur at alarming rates. According to studies done by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, more than 2 million cases are reported every year and that an overwhelming majority of abuse incidents go unreported. It is disheartening to see the staggering number of incidents and unthinkable that the actual amount of elder abuse is much higher than the numbers show. We cannot sit by and let our loved ones be taken advantage of and abused by professionals entrusted in their care.
What kinds of abuse?
Abuse in assisted living and professional care centers ranges widely and all degrees of abuse and mistreatment deserve to be stopped and the victims compensated. Some mistreatment results from understaffed care centers that unintentionally neglect their patients while other abuse can result from malicious behavior that can have serious or fatal consequences. While there are certainly other ways in which abuse may occur, here are some of the more common ones:
- Theft or misuse of medication
- Over or under-medication
- Unexplained bedsores, falls, cuts or bruises
- Restraint injuries (bruises, cuts, fractures and other injuries)
- And even fatal injuries
We are here to help you no matter the type of abuse or mistreatment.
How can you spot abuse?
Obviously, the first step in protecting your loved ones is checking in regularly with them and asking them about their care and treatment. Make sure that they feel that you will trust them with this sensitive information. More often than not, the victim is aware or suspicious of the mistreatment. Being there for them and taking their concern seriously is the most important part of identifying abuse.
Making unexpected or irregular visits is a good way to check up on your loved one. Noticing the signs of dehydration, weight loss, bruises/bedsores or changes in behavior are also extremely important in catching abuse. While these nursing homes are most often doing their best to care for your loved one, they are not always living up to their legal duty to protect the health and safety of their vulnerable residents.
How can we stop abuse?
If you do notice signs that abuse or mistreatment has occurred, it is best to take action right away. Unfortunately, that is not as easy as it should be. Care centers have an incentive to deny or cover up problematic situations.
Hiring a lawyer is helpful, first and foremost, in stopping the continued mistreatment of patients. With a legal advocate, care centers and assisted living communities are forced to take the allegations seriously. This will help bring an immediate end to the abuse patients are dealing with. Our number one priority is guaranteeing the safety of you or your loved one.
But even after bringing an end to the abuse, there is still a lot of work that goes into making sure there is proof to show the neglect, abuse or mistreatment. Having a lawyer with experience in this field is invaluable. They bring to the table the knowledge and skill that is needed to assess the situation, gather the necessary evidence, file the claim and assist in navigating the appropriate legal steps that need to be taken. Because only a fraction of the cases actually head to trial (under 10%), a lawyer also exponentially expedites the process by being able to enter negotiations with a knowledge of the case, the extent of the damages and an understanding of the appropriate level of compensation for your specific events.
Take the first step to stop the mistreatment or abuse by filling out our free case review form. In doing so, you are beginning the process of standing up to those who are harming vulnerable patients. Because we never want money to stand in the way of ending the exploitation of those effected, we do not charge our clients anything unless their case settles and compensation is awarded. Our clients don’t pay anything out of pocket.
So start today by filling out the free case review form on this page and help us fight against the abuse, mistreatment and neglect of those we love.