At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we assist clients in obtaining compensation for the damages caused by negligent caregivers, long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Neglect in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities may result in catastrophic injury and even death. That is why it is urgent that you seek legal representation from an elder neglect lawyer if you suspect that you or your loved one are suffering from neglect or abuse.
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First, during a free consultation, an elder neglect attorney from our firm will listen to your situation. Secondly, he or she can answer any questions you may have. Then, he or she can help you to understand your legal options, if any.
Your nursing home neglect attorney can investigate your situation for signs of elder neglect and/or abuse. If you have a viable claim, your attorney will gather and evaluate crucial evidence. This will help you build a solid case against the responsible party. Then, your attorney may be able to help you hold the nursing home or assisted-living facility accountable.
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Elder neglect can occur in many forms. Below, our nursing home neglect lawyers explain a few common types of neglect:
When an elderly person is physically unable to stand up or walk on his or her own, he or she becomes dependent on caregivers to help. Most falls in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are preventable. So, one or more falls may be a sign of elder neglect.
Long term care facilities should have protocols in place to reduce the risk of falls, such as:
Dehydration refers to excessive loss of water from the body. It can result in serious health issues, especially for older adults. It may relate to:
Certain individuals may be more susceptible to dehydration due to:
Nursing home and assisted-living facilities should have hydration programs for at-risk individuals. This type of program helps to ensure that at-risk residents receive:
Unfortunately, dehydration often occurs as a direct result of elder neglect. Failing to recognize and monitor an at-risk resident for dehydration may be neglect and a sign of elder abuse. For example, this situation may occur if there is:
A diet lacking adequate vitamins, proteins and minerals may lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition can be detrimental and even deadly to seniors. For example, without proper monitoring, a person in a long-term care setting can become easily malnourished.
Many factors may cause malnutrition, including, but not limited to:
There are several factors used to assess the risk of someone becoming malnourished. For example, factors include:
Similarly to dehydration, malnutrition contributes to the development and progression of other serious health issues. For example, malnutrition may lead to:
Malnutrition can also result in it taking longer for an individual to heal from illnesses and injuries. There are also more risks when surgery is performed and hospital stays are generally longer and more expensive.
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are ulcers that form on areas of the skin that are under pressure. They can take months or even years to heal. As a result, they may lead to infection and require surgery to help the healing process. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, risk factors for bedsores include:
Bedsores become a real risk when an individual does not or cannot change positions on his or her own. When this happens, the nursing home or assisted-living staff must change his or her position at regular intervals. When this is neglected, bedsores may form.
Medication is a necessity for elderly individuals. This becomes problematic when an individual is unable to remember to take it or becomes physically unable to take it on his or her own. When this happens, caregivers are responsible for giving them their prescription drugs. If caregivers are negligent administering medication, serious problems may arise.
The law requires that nurses and other caregivers must provide adequate healthcare services to their patients when they take on that role. When elders are neglected and/or abused by care providers, the following medication errors can occur:
If you suspect your loved one has a lack of proper care in a long-term care facility or a nursing home, and that lack of proper care has resulted in medication errors, consider taking legal action. Our San Jose elder abuse attorneys are here to help you understand your potential legal options.
When there is a lack of supervision or security in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, it creates an unsafe environment for the residents. For example, residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia need constant supervision. These facilities should have alarms that notify staff when at-risk individuals exit their rooms or the facility.
An uncontrolled environment is unsafe and requires caregivers to be alert and attentive at all times. When proper supervision is not provided, it can result in injuries or death for a resident who goes wandering in or out of the facility.
In addition to the signs discussed above, a few more signs of nursing home neglect may include:
If you or your loved one are suffering from elder neglect and/or elder abuse in San Jose or the Bay Area, consider taking legal action. We are here to answer your questions and help you to understand your potential legal options.