Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse is on the rise. If you have a loved one in a state-run or state-licensed facility, and you suspect there is abuse or neglect occurring, you are advised to seek the assistance of a nursing home neglect lawyer today.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
You have the right to know and document the following signs and symptoms:
- Bed Sores
- Poor Hygiene
- Unexplained Injuries
- Weight Loss
Our experienced attorneys understand how to file both nursing home abuse reports and legal claims against negligent facilities and employees. Let us help you through this difficult process.
1. Understand the Signs
Nursing home neglect or abuse can be clearly evident or it can be subtle. Your loved one may not be willing to admit what is going on and they may begin to withdraw. They may refuse, or be unable, to participate in conversations regarding potential abuse. This is why it is so crucial that you’re able to spot and understand the signs.
2. Document Everything
You may need to take photos. You can use a traditional camera or your cell phone. You may have to document it in writing. Make sure that you keep a call log. Keep all correspondence and emails regarding your concerns.
3. Contact the Administrator of the Facility
Unless you suspect the potential abuser is the person in charge, bring your concerns to someone who can immediately address the situation. If a resolution has not be reached to secure the safety and care of your loved one, next steps must be taken.
4. Reach out to Another Representative
This can be a patient care advocate at the facility, the patient’s primary care physician, or a Medicare/Medicaid representative. If you suspect the abuse has seriously compromised your loved one’s imminent safety or a crime has been committed, contact the authorities.
5. Get a Lawyer
Your loved one has the right to a safe, secure living environment. If you believe that your loved one has suffered from nursing home neglect or abuse, call a nursing home neglect lawyer.
Sadly, nursing home abuse is real. Remember to stay alert to your loved one’s physical and mental condition. You could very well even save their life.
Use Caution in Discussions
If something doesn’t sit right with you – listen to your intuition. When a resident is injured at a care facility, it is not always obvious what went wrong or who might be legally responsible. The available evidence is often incomplete, the explanations may be vague and may be self-serving to the nursing home.
Be Wary of Settlement or Waivers
Be careful if you’re offered any documents to sign. Some documents may be misleading or even intentionally misrepresented. Before you sign anything, bring it to your lawyer.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
At Bighorn Law, we have helped victims and their families find justice for years. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and our community – especially those at risk, vulnerable, and our elderly. Our nursing home neglect attorneys provide services on a contingency fee basis, with no legal fees paid unless we recover compensation.
Talk to an experienced nursing home lawyer at Bighorn Law and tell us your story. We are here to listen.