Nursing Home Abuse
Trusting a nursing home to take care of your elderly relative can be a difficult decision to make. When decided, you want the nursing facility to provide the best care possible for your loved one. Sometimes, however, the staff at nursing homes take advantage of their patients, even going so far as physically and emotionally abusing them. This can lead to devastating injuries or even death. If your loved one has suffered a traumatic experience at the hands of nursing home staff, he or she may be eligible for compensation for the nursing home’s wrongful actions. It is critical to obtain representation as soon as possible.
Nursing homes in Kentucky are particularly notorious for this. Most of the nursing homes in the state have had complaints filed against the facilities, and approximately one in four nursing homes received a 1-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medic-aid Services. Tennessee nursing homes received only slightly better ratings, with nearly one in six facilities receiving a 1-star rating.
What Types of Nursing Home Abuse Can Occur?
An elderly patient in a nursing home can experience a wide variety of abuse, including:
- Intimidation or humiliation
- Financial exploitation
- Isolation and ignoring the patient
- Emotional or physical abuse
- Bedsores/pressure sores
- Lack of hygiene and unsanitary living conditions
- Sexual abuse
- Unacceptable use of restraints
- Lack of adequate care in administering medication
What Signs of Abuse Should I Look For?
If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected after being placed in a nursing home, then be sure to look for the following common signs of abuse:
- Injuries or bruises that are unexplained
- Poor living conditions
- Hygiene problems
- Change in behavior or mood
- Weight loss
- Unusual and unexplained decline in health
- Missing money or personal items
- Bedsores/pressure sores
- Improper medication administration
What Claims Can I File In a Nursing Home Abuse Case?
If you file a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit, you may be able to file against both the employees that caused the injury and the nursing home establishment itself. Under the doctrine of vicarious liability, the nursing home would be responsible for the actions of the employees that it hired. One of the most common claims against nursing homes is the civil claim of negligence, where a nursing home fails to abide by a standard of care. There are a variety of options for filing a negligence claim against a nursing home including:
- Negligent supervision of employees
- Negligent hiring of employees
- Failure to hire enough employees to meet the needs of the facility
- Failure to keep the facility up to code or regulation
- Failure to properly train employees
- Failure to conform to requirements imposed by law
In addition to civil claims, a criminal penalty might be available for the person or people who caused harm to your loved ones. States have different age requirements for individuals in order for the harm to rise to the higher level of elder abuse.
Time is of the Essence in Abuse Cases
If you discover that a loved one has been abused or neglected after being placed in a nursing home, contact an attorney immediately. Statutes of limitations (laws that state how long you have to file a claim) depend on the type of injury that occurred and the location that the injury was carried out. Don’t potentially compromise your case—call or schedule a case evaluation today to speak with one of the team members at Hughes & Coleman at no cost.
I Have a Relative Who Suffered Nursing Home Abuse. What Can I Do?
If you have a loved one who was abused or neglected while in a nursing home, then the first thing you should do is contact an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. The attorneys at Hughes & Coleman are experienced in fighting for the justice that your loved one deserves. The steps that will need to be taken can vary from case to case. Let us help you today—simply call or fill out a case evaluation form and one of our team members will contact with you at a time that is convenient for you. This process is 100% free, so you and your loved one have nothing to lose.
Don’t Wait—Let Us Help You Today
Finding out that a relative has been the victim of nursing home abuse can be devastating and seeking justice for his or her injury can be a complicated process. Nursing home cases often involve complex medical issues and require expert witnesses to state whether the quality of care that your loved one received was improper. In the case of a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit for your relative’s injuries or passing, a case against the nursing home becomes even more complicated. Don’t fight this battle alone—the experienced elder abuse attorneys at Hughes & Coleman are here to help fight your case for you so that you can focus on recovering from this experience.