Intentional nursing home abuse can come in many forms. Physical and sexual abuse are some of the most abhorrent and disheartening. Financial and insurance fraud abuse occurs when one or multiple employees take advantage of a resident by attempting to steal money or sensitive information from them. This can also occur from the nursing home directly by overbilling. Intentional abuse can occur when a resident is being denied their basic needs, which can include food, medication, regular bathing, and more.
If a resident is being abused in a nursing home, they commonly will not want to discuss or disclose their abuse. Because of this, it is important for you to be proactive in checking on their physical, emotional, and financial condition. Always check to see if they have any bruises or marks on them. Talk to them, ask questions, and make note of any changes in behavior. Analyze and inspect their financial documents and paperwork often to make sure they are not taking advantage of. If you notice tension or anger between your loved one and their caregiver, speak with someone in management. If they are frequently expressing their displeasure with their care or try to run or wander away from the facility, it could be because they are being abused or neglected.
Our team at Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers has been successful in obtaining the following compensation in nursing home abuse and neglect cases:
Yes, if the nursing home was negligent in their actions and a bedsore was a result, you can file a lawsuit against them. Bedsores occur when an immobile resident is left with a part of their body resting on the bed for an extended period of time. There are protocols set in place at nursing homes to move residents around so that bedsores do not occur. Bedsores commonly get infected and can result in many complications, including death. If you or a loved one has had complications with or even passed away from bedsore obtained at a nursing home, contact us immediately and we will have an expert investigate the records to determine if there was negligence involved.
It is best to assume that a nursing home abuse and neglect case carries a one-year statute of limitations because medical care is often involved, and medical malpractice cases carry a one-year statute of limitations. If you are unsure of how much time you have left to file a lawsuit against a negligent nursing home, contact an attorney as soon as possible. They will be able to answer any and all questions you have related to your case.
Our legal fees are all contingency-based. This means that we do not get paid until we win or your case is settled. You pay no money upfront and we will advance all of the case expenses. We have been defending the rights of nursing home abuse and neglect victims since 1992, and we will work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
If you are personally being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should seek help immediately. Talk to a family member or friend and let them know what is happening. If you do not have any family members or friends to speak with, talk to a trusted member of the facility. If this is not an option, there are resources on the internet for you to seek out or you can even call the proper authorities. Once you feel safe and have gone through the proper channels, you should contact an attorney to allow them to advise you of your options and rights.