It’s devastating to think of elderly residents of a nursing home becoming the victims of abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, it’s a reality many people have to face every year. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, nearly one out of three nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for abuse.
When you moved your loved one into a nursing facility, you assumed the staff would provide quality, attentive care. If you’ve noticed signs of elder abuse or neglect, however, the experienced personal injury attorneys at DeMayo Law Offices can help you take immediate steps to protect your loved one and secure the compensation you need to cover their health care, residential needs, pain and suffering, and more.
At DeMayo Law Offices, we hold nursing homes and staff responsible for the abuse their patients endure. Depending on the circumstances, the perpetrator could be a nurse, maintenance worker, or another resident. Whoever the negligent party is, we can help you pursue a case against them and hold them accountable for their actions.
Contact us at (704) 333-1000 to schedule a free consultation with our Charlotte nursing home negligence law firm. We will advise you on the best way to take legal action to help ensure the future well-being of your beloved family member.
Hiring an attorney to assist with your nursing home negligence claim is about more than just having someone answer calls from the insurance company or stand next to you in court. An attorney is an advocate, someone who will take a professional interest in seeing that any harm done to your family member is redressed and any losses compensated. This can be especially important in cases of nursing home negligence because the injured parties in these cases are usually those who are least able to defend themselves.
Here are some reasons why hiring an attorney to assist with your claim is a good idea:
Since 1992, DeMayo Law Offices has helped over 92,000 clients in North Carolina get appropriate compensation for their claims. From slip and fall injuries to the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder mass tort case, we handle personal injury claims of all shapes and sizes. We have a staff of over 100 legal professionals with over 150 years of combined legal experience. We are standing by to help you get just and fair compensation for your injuries, and we will protect your rights with dignity, compassion, and professionalism.
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There are six main types of nursing home abuse and neglect that you should be aware of:
Elder physical abuse occurs when someone uses force that causes the victim bodily harm or death. Common signs that someone is the victim of physical abuse includes:
The definition of sexual abuse is unwanted or forced sexual contact between the perpetrator and the victim. This includes forcing sexual acts with an elderly individual with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another disability.
Warnings signs to watch out for that your loved one is experiencing sexual abuse includes:
Psychological and emotional abuse against a nursing home patient is when someone intentionally causes them fear, pain, or distress. It’s a bit more challenging to spot the signs of this form of abuse because there are typically no physical injuries associated with it.
Psychological and emotional abuse may include the following actions:
The most common signs the victim of emotional or psychological elder abuse will show include:
Neglect is the result of a caregiver failing to meet their patient’s needs or protect them from harm. Neglect will often result in an injury or even a fatality. It’s not just an accident or mistake; it’s careless behavior that puts the elderly resident at risk.
To figure out if your loved one is experiencing neglect at the nursing home, watch for these signs:
Elder abandonment sometimes goes hand in hand with neglect. It happens when the person who’s supposed to take care of a nursing home resident intentionally abandons them. The nurse or staff member might leave their victim in a wheelchair alone for hours or ignore their request for help to the bathroom. This form of desertion can result in severe injuries if they try to get up or walk somewhere without assistance.
If you suspect elder abandonment, there are some signs your loved one might exhibit, such as:
Financial abuse is the illegal, improper, or unauthorized use of an elderly resident’s finances. This is the least common form of negligence that occurs in nursing homes, but it does happen.
Warnings signs might include the following:
If you think your loved one has become the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing facility, there are important steps you need to take to ensure their safety and increase your chances of pursuing adequate compensation for their suffering.
There’s a wide range of situations that can lead to nursing home abuse or neglect. They include:
Employees who don’t know what they’re doing or feel overworked because there aren’t enough staff members, might take out their anger and frustration on their patients. Lack of experience could also result in neglect or abuse due to their limited experience in interacting with elderly patients. If they don’t receive training, and there are no supervisors around to monitor their interactions with residents, they can easily get away with inappropriate or aggressive behavior.
Unfortunately, many nursing home residents have some type of disability, whether it’s physical or mental. They either have a mental illness or require assistance to care for themselves. The following factors make a resident particularly vulnerable to elder abuse:
Neglect and abuse often go unreported in nursing homes. Many victims don’t say anything because they can’t or fear potential repercussions from their abuser. Other times, there isn’t sufficient evidence that proves negligence occurred. Nursing facilities’ insurance companies will prioritize their bottom line. When you file a claim for compensation, they will do whatever it takes to provide the lowest possible settlement offer or issue a denial letter.
An experienced Charlotte nursing home negligence lawyer from DeMayo Law Offices will handle the process for you from start to finish. We will complete the following steps on your behalf:
The statute of limitations to file a nursing home negligence lawsuit in North Carolina is three years. To qualify for winning a financial award on behalf of your loved one, you need to sue the liable party within three years from the date the abuse occurred.
At DeMayo Law Offices, our Charlotte nursing home negligence attorneys understand the anger you feel after discovering your loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence. No one should have to go through something like that and families deserve to fight for justice on behalf of their elderly relatives. We will help you pursue the monetary award the nursing facility owes for all the expenses and pain suffered.
If your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect, call (704) 333-1000 to schedule a free consultation with our Charlotte nursing home negligence law firm.