A nursing home or assisted living facility should honor the lives, freedoms, and well-being of their residents, but that is not always the case. Many elders are vulnerable to mistreatment, and nursing home abuse is often a horrible example of inhumanity.
The reward for a life well-lived should be golden years of rest and dignity. Nursing home abuse robs elders of the respect they deserve.
We at Pierce Skrabanek have a deep commitment to ensuring your rights are protected every day of your life, from the safe birth of new infants, to independent and dependent adults, to the end-of-life care deserved by all. Read on to learn about how elder abuse is defined, how to recognize the symptoms of abuse, what rights you or your parents/grandparents have under the law, and when it’s time to call a lawyer.
According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, disabled adult and elder abuse in nursing homes can come in the form of physical, emotional, sexual, or financial harm.
Examples of nursing home abuse include:
Whether the nursing home abuse stems from individual staff members (as is common in cases of physical abuse), or from the facility’s management (as in cases of overcharging or undermedicating to save costs), such treatment is unacceptable.
The nursing home abuse attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek will help investigate your circumstances, and build a case to identify and bring to justice the person or organization responsible. Call us at 832-690-7000 today to discuss your situation.
Abusers know to hide the signs of their misdeeds. That is why abuse of the elderly is often difficult to recognize. The National Institute on Aging lists symptoms of elder abuse in nursing homes as when the patient:
You do not need to obtain evidence of elder abuse alone, and in fact your loved one may be unsafe if an abuser suspects you are investigating them by yourself. Call a nursing home abuse attorney at Pierce Skrabanek right away by dialing (832) 690-7000 — we’re here to provide advice on what to do first.
Priority one is removing the injured party from the abuse. When it comes to gathering evidence, let your lawyers do that for you while you care for yourself and your family.
Sometimes elder abuse is done by those closest to the person, like a family member or trusted friend. In those instances, a medical or banking professional may be the one who reports the abuse.
However, in a nursing home facility dedicated to the care of dependent adults or elderly patients, there is a higher standard of care. The point of nursing homes is to trust the responsibility of care to knowledgeable professionals. Nurses, doctors, pharmacists, counselors, and administrators in nursing homes are paid and trained for their jobs — they have a duty to fulfill those expectations.
A settlement or damages award from a nursing home lawsuit could include:
Elderly and dependent adults deserve care and respect. If you have questions about your legal rights, and how best to assert them, contact the dedicated attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek today.
You can tell a society’s health by the way it treats the most vulnerable populations, like children, the infirm, and the elderly. And yet, according to the World Health Organization, elder care and nursing home abuses are on the rise in the United States. How are you supposed to protect yourself as you age? How can you protect your parents and grandparents?
The offices of Pierce Skrabanek take personal injury cases personally. It’s why we fight hard to recover damages for injured workers, for victims of medical malpractice, and for those betrayed by the retirement and nursing homes that should have been their safe haven.
Nursing home abuse can come in the form of physical, emotional, or financial harm, including:
It may be unsafe to attempt gathering evidence on your own. Call the law firm of Pierce Skrabanek at 832-690-7000 for specific advice if you notice abuse signs like:
The settlement funds or damages award from a nursing home lawsuit could help cover:
If you need advice on what to do when you suspect nursing home abuse, contact Pierce Skrabanek today. Our legal team can be reached by calling (832) 690-7000, and may be able to gather evidence on your behalf so that you can focus on getting the care you need.