If your loved one suffered injuries or died while living in a nursing home, contact the Stockton personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw immediately. You and your family might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, emotional pain, and other losses suffered from the abuse or neglect.
Older adults are vulnerable to instances of abuse and neglect. Sadly, the person who takes advantage of them and causes harm is usually someone they trust. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately five million older adults become victims of abuse each year in the United States.
Call OnderLaw today to learn about your legal options for holding the nursing home or staff member accountable for what they have done. One of our Stockton nursing home abuse attorneys can discuss your case with you during a free consultation.
Nursing home abuse occurs against residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. It can take many forms and cause a range of different injuries. The most common types of abuse include:
If your loved one was the victim of any type of abuse in a nursing home, do not hesitate to reach out to the Stockton nursing home abuse attorneys of OnderLaw . We know how to investigate incidents of abuse or neglect and gather all available evidence to prove what happened. The negligent party or facility should face the consequences of their misconduct and compensate your relative for their incurred costs.
Physical injuries and emotional pain are common when abuse happens to someone living in a nursing home. They often feel isolated from their family and might fear what their abuser will do if they call the police or notify the facility owner. Some have a disability that prevents them from protecting themselves from an attack. Others can’t remember what happened due to an Alzheimer’s or some other diagnosis, so the incidents go unreported.
You should look for warning signs if you think your loved one has been abused or neglected. They differ based on the type of abuse that occurred. The most common include:
Emotional or Psychological Abuse
It’s up to you to advocate for your loved one’s rights and protect them from further injury. If you believe abuse or neglect occurred, you need to take immediate action.
There are many resources you can use to report suspected abuse or neglect, including:
You should remove your loved one from the nursing home if you think someone abused them. Take them to the hospital or a doctor for treatment of any injuries they sustained. If the doctor recommends follow-up care, listen to them. Make sure your relative receives the treatment they need to recover. Don’t bring them back to the facility they were in. Instead, allow them to stay with you or a trusted family member until you find a safe nursing home.
You should avoid talking to the nursing home staff at all costs. If the owner discovers that you plan to file a claim, they will have adequate time to prepare for a case. They could destroy evidence or force their employees to lie about what happened.
Hire a lawyer to assist with the case. OnderLaw can obtain a copy of the facility’s insurance policy to determine the available coverage. We can file a claim on your behalf and negotiate for a settlement to cover all losses suffered. If the insurance company offers a low settlement or denies the claim, we can file a lawsuit.
If possible, take pictures that could prove abuse or neglect happened at the nursing home. Examples include photos of visible injuries, dangerous living conditions at the facility, and personal property damaged in the incident. You should also keep a copy of all documents associated with the case. Don’t dispose of doctor bills, physical therapy notes, and other medical records you receive.
Your loved one probably suffered various economic, emotional, and physical losses from the abuse or neglect. If they required treatment, there were medical bills to pay and other expenses. You can file an insurance claim and seek compensation for multiple losses, such as:
The Stockton nursing home abuse attorneys of OnderLaw can review the total losses and determine the amount of money necessary to cover everything. You should not be left with out-of-pocket expenses if your loved one’s actions didn’t contribute to their injury. You can depend on our legal team to work closely with you on the case and stay by your side until the end.
Statistics from the National Center for Victims of Crime show an estimated one in ten people 60 years of age and older experience abuse in the United States. However, only one in 24 cases of abuse are reported.
The percentages of complaints based on the type of abuse are:
In 60 percent of cases, family members are the ones abusing or neglecting the victims.
WalletHub performed a study and discovered that California has the highest number of abuse and neglect of older adults. The significant prevalence of elder abuse is primarily because there are minimal protections to keep nursing home patients and other vulnerable seniors safe in this state.
The counties with the highest number of reported cases in 2018 included:
The experienced and dedicated Stockton nursing home abuse attorneys of OnderLaw have been representing victims harmed by others since 2002. Finding out your loved one has been abused by someone you thought you could trust is traumatic and infuriating. We can help you pursue justice for your family member and recover compensation for their medical care and other costs.
OnderLaw knows state laws regarding nursing homes and the rights afforded to patients. We use our knowledge of these laws and the resources we have to develop a legal strategy and to work to reach your desired outcome. Our team is available 24/7, so you can contact us when you need us. We believe in providing ongoing communication from start to finish of the process, so you can tell we prioritize you and your case.
If someone you love sustained injuries or died from abuse or neglect at a nursing home, contact OnderLaw right now. Our Stockton nursing home abuse attorneys will help you fight for the compensation and justice your relative deserves. Call for a free initial consultation.