Bring Your Suspicions to Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Even if you aren’t positive that your family member was the victim of abuse or negligence, you can seek help from our personal injury lawyers in investigating the circumstances. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) points out that abuse and neglect are underestimated, with 24 cases going to undetected for each case that is reported.
Abuse and neglect in care facilities can take several forms:
- Physical and sexual abuse: Hitting, slapping, pinching, assault, unwanted touching
- Psychological and verbal abuse: Threats, yelling, gaslighting, humiliation, isolation
- Financial abuse: Theft, fraud, misusing power of attorney or other positions
- Neglect: Failing to offer assistance and care, treat illness, or address concerns
Each of these represents a miscarriage of justice that deserves to be brought to light. Unfortunately, your loved one might not be able to speak up for themselves. In partnership with Perez Law Group, PLLC, you can be their voice by pursuing legal action.
We Work to Hold All Liable Parties Accountable
Don’t let confusion over who to hold responsible keep you from consulting us. Untangling liability is part of what we do for you. Possible parties liable for nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- The facility itself
- Support staff
- Other residents
- Third parties
In some cases, we might pursue multiple parties. For instance, we can hold a nurse liable for failing to help a resident stay clean and active, resulting in bed sores, while also pursing the facility for understaffing or poor training.
We investigate all the possible causes of your loved one’s ordeal and are prepared to pursue each liable party for the role they played in putting your family member through this.
Let Us Save You Time and Energy
Finding out that a loved one who was entrusted to someone else’s care was instead mistreated or abandoned is devastating. Helping them process and heal should be your top priority, not filling out paperwork, tracking down liable parties, and keeping track of deadlines.
We know how hard these cases hit victims and families, so our Glendale nursing home abuse lawyers work hard to ensure you don’t have to deal with the logistics. You hire us to make the process easier, and we don’t take the responsibility lightly.
You can turn over any of the following tasks to us:
- Daily communication and correspondence with anyone involved in the case
- Insurance forms, lawsuit filings, and court documents
- Evidence gathering and preservation, from medical records to witness testimony
- Settlement review and negotiations for appropriate terms
- Protection of your loved one’s rights and interests
- Case strategy and preparation for court if necessary
How to Compensate Victims of Nursing Home Abuse
Damages from a claim or suit are designed to help victims return to health and wellness as well as acknowledge what they experienced. In nursing home abuse cases, that can take the form of compensation for:
- Medical bills to treat injuries and infections
- Rehabilitation, including psychological counseling
- Medication for pain, mental health, or other needs
- Return of or reimbursement for stolen items
- Reimbursement of lost funds
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress
These are just some ways damages can provide justice and recognition for your loved one. We can pursue compensation for specific injuries or losses in your case.
If You Lost a Loved One in a Nursing Home
Sadly, some nursing home abuse and neglect victims do not recover from their ordeal. If you suspect your family member’s experience at a care facility contributed to or caused their passing, reach out to our wrongful death lawyers. We can help pursue damages to pay for memorial and burial services to honor the deceased’s life, as well as seek compensation for any remaining bills or losses your family is facing due to the wrongful death.
Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse and Building a Case
No one wants to assume that their loved one is being poorly treated. That hesitancy, combined with the sometime subtle signs of abuse and neglect, can contribute to cases going unreported. For instance, overmedication is all too common in nursing homes according to Human Rights Watch, yet you may not immediately recognize it in someone with a condition like dementia.
If you suspect anything amiss in an older or incapacitated adult’s care, ask for help. Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse can be suspected based on:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other injuries
- Infections, including STDs
- Anxiety or agitation
- Indication of restraints being used
- Fear of the staff or other residents
Financial abuse can look like:
- Unpaid bills
- Changes to accounts
- Unexpected transactions
- Missing items
- Someone new involved in financial matters
Signs of neglect include:
- Wearing the same clothes for long periods
- Stained clothing or bed linens
- Poor hygiene
- Bed sores
- Lack of activities or outlets
- Depression or withdrawn behavior
Other red flags include behavior by staff. For instance, they might not want to leave you alone with your loved one, try to cut short visits, or even prevent you from seeing your family member. You can also observe the surroundings to see if the place is kept clean or if other residents seem to be exhibiting similar symptoms.
Evidence to Bolster Your Claims
Suspicions aren’t enough to pursue legal action. Claims and lawsuits are based on proving negligence of some kind. To that end, when our nursing home neglect attorneys investigate your case, we gather proof like:
- Photos of injuries and the facility
- Testimony from other residents, staff, or witnesses
- Medical records
- Blood tests
- Expert testimony from doctors
- Previous cases or complaints at the facility
- Documentation showing understaffing
- Staff logs and employment records
- Banking and other financial statements
- Receipts or proof of owning stolen items
Through this evidence, we can tie together the negligence, your loved one’s injuries, and our pursuit of appropriate compensation.
Call Perez Law’s Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
Abuse makes victims feel powerless. No one should ever feel like they can’t advocate for themselves. Let our Glendale nursing home abuse attorneys advocate for your loved one. We believe in empowering victims and holding abusers and negligent parties accountable. Contact us at (602) 730-7100 or +1 (888) 59-PEREZ to get started on a case today.