The elder abuse lawyers from Pravati can help
It’s reasonable to expect that when the time comes to put a loved one in a nursing home, they will receive qualified, considerate and respectful care. Sadly, that expectation is not always met in reality. According to research conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 44 percent of 2,000 nursing home residents stated that they had been abused. A further 95 percent said they had either witnessed another resident being neglected or had been neglected themselves.
The signs of abuse
Nursing home abuse can come in many forms, such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Healthcare fraud is also a form of abuse, and occurs when healthcare professionals alter bills for their own benefit, perform Medicaid fraud or under- and over-medicate nursing home residents.
Unfortunately, you must be your loved one’s advocate when it comes to nursing home abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse reported that as many as 70 percent of state surveys understate issues found in licensed facilities and 15 percent have missed cases of actual harm that have occurred to nursing home residents. In just 2015, NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org reported that a news staff had discovered thousands of cases of nursing home abuse and neglect in Canada, resulting in a sweeping lawsuit to help recover money for damages suffered by the residents and their families.
According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 1,800 people die every year due to falls in nursing homes. An even greater number are injured in such falls. There are many other injuries besides falls that nursing home residents can suffer. One in ten nursing home patients suffer from bedsores, an injury which is completely preventable when proper care and attention is paid to the resident. In other cases, nursing home staff members fail to properly bathe, groom or feed the seniors who are under their care. In the most egregious cases, staff members have been found to abuse patients physically and emotionally.
Nursing homes have a duty of care to their residents. If a resident in a nursing home is injured due the failure to meet that duty of care they can receive compensation for their injury. A federal law, the Federal Nursing Home Care Reform Act, sets forth minimum standards that all nursing homes must meet. State laws provide additional regulations and standards. As such, it is important that any lawyer you retain on behalf of your loved one be well versed in all relevant laws and regulations pertaining to nursing homes. Getting the right lawyer can mean the difference between winning and losing your case—and that’s not a risk you want to take. Consider the 2013 case of 76-year-old Martha Bull, whose family was awarded $5.2 million after Bull died as the result of neglect. Without a lawyer who was well-versed in laws relating to nursing homes, Ms. Bull’s family could have lost the case after already losing their loved one.
Lawyer Referral For Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
If you suspect a loved one is being abused by nursing home staff, another resident or a visitor, you need a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer to help you take the next step. At Pravati Legal Networks, we can match you to an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer who understands how to help you prevent future abuse and get compensation for the damages your loved one has already suffered. Don’t go it alone and don’t leave the success of your lawsuit to chance. Contact Pravati Legal Networks today to find a nursing home abuse lawyer who works with no upfront fee or retainer. It may seem unlikely—but it’s true. Our elder abuse lawyers work on what’s called a contingency fee basis and that means they only get paid when they win your case.
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signs of Nursing Home Abuse
- Unexplained bruises, broken bones, broken eyeglasses and signs of restraint
- The elder rocking or mumbling to him- or herself
- Unexplained bleeding and bruising around genital areas
- Signs of malnutrition
- Missing money
- Duplicate billing
If you or a loved one experienced Nursing Home Abuse, contact Pravati Legal Networks today.