Abuse of Veterans in Nursing Homes
Whether they served in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War – whether they were members of the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, or the Reserve Forces – veterans were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the liberties and comforts we enjoy every day. Yet despite risking their safety in service to the country during their youthful years, today’s elderly veterans are frequently abused or neglected in nursing homes, assisted living communities, rehabilitation centers, and other long-term facilities for seniors. Instead of receiving the skilled and compassionate care they deserve, all too many elderly war veterans are subjected to cruel or careless treatment by the very staff members who are supposed to provide comfort and aid.
If your mom or dad is a military veteran who lives in a nursing home anywhere in the United States, and you suspect that he or she is being physically abused, emotionally abused, sexually abused, or financially exploited by staff members or other residents, it’s necessary to take swift action to investigate the situation and get your parent to safety. If your mother or father has been neglected or abused, an experienced nursing home injury attorney can fight for justice and compensation for your family member.
To set up a free legal consultation with an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer who is proud to advocate for our nation’s veterans, call (800) 770-3497 today. Your consultation will be kept confidential.
Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
In many cases, feelings of shame, fear, or guilt prevent elderly people from talking to their adult children about the abuse or neglect they are suffering. They may be worried about getting evicted as retaliation, or feel as though they are imposing a burden by “complaining” to their loved ones.
Because seniors frequently keep their suffering to themselves, it’s important for family members to recognize the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Red flags that an elderly person is being mistreated or neglected at his or her nursing home include:
- Changes in personality or attitude, such as increased agitation or fearfulness
- Excessive weight loss or weight gain
- Frequent nursing home falls
- Having a dirty, unkempt appearance, or wearing the same clothes for days in a row
- Reluctance to talk about life in the nursing home, especially in the presence of staff members
- Soiled or bloody undergarments, clothing, or linens
- Unexplained spending, bank account withdrawals, or disappearance of possessions
- The appearance of cuts, bruises, handprints, bite marks, rope burns, or other signs of violent contact
These are only a few of the signs which often indicate that physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse is taking place. The effects of neglect and abuse can include a wide array of serious injuries, illnesses, and infections, including:
- Accidents Off-Premises (Wandering/Elopment)
- Advanced Diabetes Injuries
- Bed Sores (Pressure Sores, Decubitus Ulcers)
- Back Injuries
- Black Eyes
- Bone Fractures
- Burn Injuries
- Concussions and Head Injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Facial Injuries
- Fall Injuries
- Fatal Hypothermia/Hyperthermia
- Fatal Medication Overdose
- Infected Cuts or Wounds
- Insect Bites/Infestations (Lice, Mites, Bed Bugs, Scabies)
- Limb Amputation
- Torn Ligaments
- Parasitic Infections
- Rotting Teeth/Dental Problems
- Scald Injuries
- Skin Infections
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Worsening of Existing Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Lawsuits, Settlements, and Compensation for Nursing Home Injuries
Much like a landlord is responsible for providing tenants with safe housing, or a business is responsible for providing shoppers with safe products, nursing homes and their employees are responsible for providing residents with safe conditions and skilled care. When a nursing home’s policies, or the actions of a staff member, cause the preventable injury or death of a resident, the nursing home may be liable for the resulting damages. In other words, you may have legal grounds for filing a claim or brining a lawsuit against your mother or father’s nursing home if your parent was injured or killed while under the home’s care and supervision.
Many types of “damages,” or compensation, are potentially recoverable in personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes. Though compensation cannot rewind the events that led to your family member’s injuries, it can lighten the financial strain resulting from the death or injury. Compensation that may be recoverable by suing or settling with the negligent nursing home includes compensation for:
- Burial Costs
- Funeral Costs
- Emotional Distress/Mental Anguish
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Benefits
- Medical Bills/Hospital Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Scarring and Disfigurement
The value of your nursing home injury claim depends on many different factors, including the severity and consequences of the injury, the nature of the abuse or neglect, and the expenses resulting from the injury or death. Your nursing home abuse attorney will fight to increase the worth of your claim by emphasizing important details and building a convincing, detailed, and evidence-based argument for your case.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney for U.S. Military Veterans
Our nursing home injury lawyers take pride in representing those who served our country during times of war and conflict. We will work tirelessly, scrutinizing every record and detail, to show that nursing home negligence was the cause of your loved one’s death or injury. We will begin preparing for trial from the very outset of the case, and are prepared to use tenacious, aggressive negotiation strategies.
We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude – not neglectful, inhumane treatment. To learn more about the rights of residents in nursing homes, and whether you could have a case against a nursing home for abuse or neglect, contact our law offices at (800) 770-3497 right away. We can advise you as to a suitable course of legal action after reviewing your family member’s situation in a free consultation.