How Do I File a Lawsuit for Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?
Bay Area Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Help Protect Your Loved One
Trusting your loved ones to the care of others always comes with a certain amount of risk. When looking for the right long-term care facility, there are many variables to consider. Unfortunately, the risk factors that lead to nursing home abuse often go unnoticed until it is too late. Elder neglect and/or abuse in a nursing home or a residential care facility for the elderly (also called an assisted living facility) can lead to avoidable illnesses, injury, or even wrongful death. Even worse, your loved ones may be helpless to seek action in this situation. Therefore, it may fall to you to seek justice for your elderly relatives if you notice signs of nursing home neglect or abuse.
When faced with nursing home neglect and/or abuse, you need a legal team that provides knowledge, care and efficiency to compensate you or your loved one for their losses. The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP have a long history of helping elderly clients in the Bay Area who have been neglected and/or abused at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. An elder abuse lawyer from our law firm can investigate for signs of neglect and/or abuse. Then, we may be able to help you hold the facility financially responsible.
What Are Common Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect?
Poor hiring and training processes, insufficient supervision, insufficient response time and poor security are common indications of a facility where elder neglect and/or abuse exists. As a non-patient, these signs can be easy to miss. Therefore, stay alert for the signs of abuse and neglect when visiting with a loved one. Here are some common signs to watch for when visiting a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility:
- New and Unexplained Injuries: Bruising or scrapes on the hands, wrists, thighs or ankles can be a sign of forceful restraint or sexual abuse. There also have been cases of blunt force trauma resulting in broken bones or deeper lacerations.
- Bedsores: Pressure sores located on the tailbone, shoulders, hips or heels are a common sign of a severe lack of turning and repositioning by the facility’s staff. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are responsible for providing adequate turning and repositioning for each of their residents.
- Malnourishment: Signs of fluctuation in weight or dehydration could be a sign of the withholding of food and drink. These changes could be medical, but they could also indicate abuse and/or neglect.
- Decline in Hygiene: Dirty or unwashed clothes, soiled diapers, and a lack of showers or baths are indicators of neglect. If your loved one seems unbathed or unclean, then he or she may be at risk of further infection and disease.
- Emotional Stress: Elders in an abusive or neglectful situation can become reclusive, even toward their trusted loved ones. Other forms of emotional stress can include change of temperament or change in social habits.
- Arguments or Tension Between Elderly and Caregiver: If your loved one suddenly begins acting disagreeable around the caregivers or facility staff, then this could be a sign of nursing home neglect and/or abuse.
What Can I Do If I Suspect Nursing Home Neglect and/or Abuse?
Take action now if you have reason to believe that a loved one has been the victim of elder neglect and/or abuse in his or her nursing home or assisted living facility. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to gather evidence of the neglect and/or abuse. Be diligent in recording any signs of suspected abuse or neglect. You should keep photos of any injuries, medical reports, records of conversations with other residents or staff; anything that you believe demonstrates a violation of the proper standard of care.
After recording proper evidence, speak to an elder abuse attorney. The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP can then work to build a solid case against whoever is abusing your parent, grandparent or other loved one.
Need Help? Call an Elder Abuse Lawyer from Our Law Firm
The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP are available for weekend and evening meetings with Bay Area clients. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (408) 956-6949 or use our online form. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.