The terms “nursing home neglect” and “nursing home abuse” are often used interchangeably. However, while both are serious violations of a nursing home resident’s most fundamental rights, abuse and neglect are distinct issues. Abuse involves the intentional mistreatment of a resident, such as slapping, punching, or intimidating the victim, while neglect involves failure to provide adequate care for a resident, often due to inexperience or understaffing. Even though neglect does not necessarily involve violence, it can still lead to debilitating injuries, the development of life-threatening infections, or even the wrongful death of a resident.
If you’re worried that your elderly parent, grandparent, or spouse is being neglected by the staff members at his or her nursing home, it’s crucial that you contact a nursing home neglect attorney for legal help immediately. The sooner you reach out for assistance, the sooner we can remove your loved one from the dangerous environment, and begin the process of fighting for compensation, which may be available for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. To talk about your nursing home neglect claim in a free and confidential legal consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact us today.
Signs a Nursing Home Resident is Being Neglected
There are many warning signs that a vulnerable senior is being neglected at his or her nursing home. However, not all of these warning signs are obvious. In fact, some of the biggest red flags are also some of the easiest to miss unless you know what to look for.
In order to identify nursing home neglect, it is critically important that you’re able to recognize both obvious and subtle warning signs, particularly because seniors are often too afraid or embarrassed to discuss the neglect openly. Warning signs a nursing home patient is the victim of neglect may include:
- cuts, infections, or other injuries which have not been cleaned and dressed properly;
- matted hair, dirty nails, or other indicators of poor hygiene, such as wearing the same clothes for days at a time. This indicates that staff members are not devoting enough time to your loved one’s basic cleaning and hygiene needs;
- losing weight, which may indicate that their dietary needs are not being met;
- developing bedsores (pressure ulcers), which typically indicates a failure to reposition the resident in bed, or change his or her linens;
- Falls and fall related injuries;
- Your loved one seems depressed, anxious, lethargic, irritable, fearful, or listless, or otherwise seems to be acting differently than his or her usual self;
Keep in mind that these are just a few examples of the many indicators of nursing home neglect. If you have fears or concerns, no matter how minor, listen to your gut, and do not be afraid to investigate the issue firmly and persistently. You should follow up not only by discussing the suspected issue with the nursing home, but also by contacting a nursing home injury attorney for legal assistance. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for nursing homes to conceal evidence and deny allegations of wrongdoing when neglect has in fact occurred.
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Nursing Home Neglect
You have a right to aggressively pursue full compensation for the harm your loved one has suffered due to the carelessness or incompetence of a nursing home staff member. It is likely that the nursing home will fight tooth and nail to deny the allegations with the goal of avoiding liability for personal injury or wrongful death, which makes skilled legal representation crucial.
Our personal injury attorneys have experience representing victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. We understand the tactics that nursing homes and defense attorneys use, and know what it takes to counter these strategies while maximizing the value of a plaintiff’s claim or case. We will fight tirelessly to recover the greatest amount of compensation for your loved one, whether that means negotiating a settlement agreement, or, if necessary to protect your family’s best interests, taking the case to court. We assess each client’s situation on a case-by-case basis to determine what type of legal strategy is most likely to result in a favorable outcome for the victim and their family members.
It may be possible to recover compensation not only for losses you have already sustained, but also losses that are expected to occur in the future, such as the cost of a surgical procedure the victim is expected to need. To provide a few examples, nursing home injury compensation may be available for:
- Burial and funeral expenses, in cases involving the wrongful death of a patient or resident
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
The worth of each settlement or lawsuit differs, depending on unique details and factors involved in each case. A nursing home injury lawyer can explain more about the potential value of your claim after discussing your loved one’s situation in a free and private consultation.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Representing Seniors
If an elderly loved one was a victim of neglect at his or her nursing home, or if you even suspect that neglect may be occurring, you need to speak with a nursing home injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your family’s options. There may be several legal remedies, but strict legal deadlines make it vital to act quickly. More importantly, swift intervention could prevent your loved one from suffering further injury, or even save their life.
Our nursing home neglect attorneys handle claims and lawsuits against nursing homes and senior care centers. To speak about your concerns confidentially and completely free of charge, contact Brent Wieand right away for a legal consultation.