Many of us that choose to place our loved one into a nursing home facility naturally assume that the management and workers have the residents’ well being in mind.
After all, they are supposed to provide professional care for those that can’t care for themselves, right? As much as we hope Aunt Agnes will be properly cared for, too often we are let down and in some cases our worst fears are realized. Loved ones are being subjected to abuse and neglect, and it’s happening everywhere.
Nursing home staff members have been caught in the act of inflicting verbal abuse on elderly residents. Physical abuse and emotional abuse is just as widespread in American nursing homes today. Any form of abuse is inexcusable because it produces harmful effects to the resident as well as family members of the victim.
There are many signs that could show if your loved one is a victim of physical or emotional abuse at a nursing home: bumps or bruises on the body, cuts and scrapes, lacerations, burns, broken bones, changes in behavior, and mood swings.
If you observe things such as bed sores, poor hygiene and unclean conditions in the facility, be aware that these could be additional signs of nursing home neglect.
These facilities are ordered by the federal and state governments to meet specific requirements regarding the care they provide. This includes making sure an adequate number of professional employees are on hand to care for residents of the nursing home.
Unfortunately, many homes will jeopardize the welfare of their elderly residents by not maintaining enough employees to provide care.
There are attorneys who can offer legal solutions if you or a loved one has experienced abuse or neglect. It is imperative that you speak with an experienced lawyer if you have questions concerning what can be done with your nursing home abuse claim. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your damages or suffering.
When to Hire a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer:
Being the victim of abuse or having a loved one be the victim is something that is very hard to cope with and as a victim, one has the feelings of fear, loss, and confusion. No one deserves to be abused and if you or your family member has experienced abuse, then you may want to consider consulting legal counsel to learn about your rights.
When hiring a lawyer, it is very important to obtain a lawyer who is knowledgeable in the law and who has experience in dealing with similar cases. A lawyer who is compassionate, yet aggressive is one that will help you win your case. Abuse is something that is common, however there are few lawyers who have necessary experience in these types of cases. The more experience the lawyer has, the more likely you are to win a larger benefit if you win the case.
Another important thing to consider when hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer is if he/she works on a contingent fee basis. This means that the lawyer will only get paid if you win the case and get paid. You should not have to pay any out of pocket expenses when obtaining a lawyer for this type of case.
The best way to get a good lawyer is through recommendations. Ask friends and family members if they are able to recommend any good lawyers who have dealt with abuse laws. If friends and family member are not available to answer these types of questions, then you can check with the local bar association and they may be able to recommend a lawyer. Simply let them know which type of lawyer you want and they will recommend a few different attorneys.
There are laws that protect the elderly who are in nursing homes. Elders depend on the home for their complete care such as food, clothing, bathing, medical care, activities of daily living and being turned in bed if needed. If these basic living rights are violated and the elderly person is harmed in any way, then there may be an abuse or neglect claim. It is important to find a lawyer that understands the state’s laws. Based on the laws, the lawyer will be able to let you know if you stand a good case or not.
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call 1-888-311-5522 today or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com