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Nursing Home Abuse Law Firm Will Go After Negligence and Abusive Acts
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury due to nursing home abuse or neglect?
For over 25 years, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs have fought on behalf of victims of negligence and abuse. Our nursing home abuse lawyers understand the issues victims and their families face in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We are committed to doing all that we can to stop these horrific abuses and bring perpetrators to justice.
We have obtained over $1 billion in damages for our clients in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Isaacs and Isaacs has a 99% success rate; we do our best for every single client we represent to obtain the maximum damages possible. Call us now at 800-800-8888 for a free case evaluation. We are here for you and your loved ones 24/7.
Abuse and Neglect in a Nursing Home
Nursing home abuse is particularly serious due to the vulnerability of the elderly and other adult residents. As the US population continues to grow, people are living longer than they ever have before. The number of elderly individuals who need nursing home services also continues to rise and it’s important that these seniors receive safe and adequate care.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are roughly 15,700 nursing homes in the U.S. with 1.7 million beds for residents. As of 2012, there were 869 nursing homes in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana with 90,913 beds.
Most federal and state laws require that nursing homes provide a level of care that helps to maintain the highest possible mental and physical well-being of each resident. Reports of residents suffering from malnutrition, accidental injury, pressure ulcers or bed sores and dehydration happen far too often. Careless mistakes made by nursing home employees in administering medication are also a problem.
Common Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes
The following forms of abuse and neglect occur in nursing homes:
Nursing Home Abuse
- Improper administration of prescribed medications
- Use of unnecessary restraints
- Force feeding patients without doctor’s orders
- Rough handling
- Improper touching
- Verbal abuse
- Sexual coercion
Nursing Home Neglect
- Failure to attend to adult diapers or bedpans
- Failure to turn/move bed bound patients to avoid bedsores
- Failure to assist in basic activities
- Failure to assist residents at mealtimes
- Infrequent bathing
- Insufficient sanitation
- Filthy living environment
Nursing home abuse can cause more than bodily harm, and all family members deserve compassionate care. Whether a health-care professional’s neglect led to an emotional or a visible injury, the negligent party should be brought to justice. If you suspect that a nursing home has harmed your loved one, it’s important to get in touch with experienced nursing home abuse attorneys immediately.
Common Injuries Caused by Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Many types of injuries can occur when a staff member fails to properly assist an elderly/vulnerable individual. This is particularly important when the vulnerable person is unsteady on his or her feet and in danger of falling or has problems chewing and swallowing.
Aside from physical accidents, there are nursing home injuries that can point to nursing home neglect, including:
- Broken bones & fractures
A nursing home injury may not always be apparent in certain elder abuse cases. Changes in behavior or mood can be an indication that a loved one may be suffering from abuse. Symptoms could include weight loss or withdrawal from normal activities. To ensure your loved one will be safe, it’s important to personally screen different nursing home facilities before choosing a nursing home for your loved one. Also, frequent visits by family and friends at varying times is important.
What to Look for When Choosing a Nursing Home
While there are never guarantees that all nursing home employees will be proficient in taking care of your loved one, there are a number of things to look for to help determine whether the level of care at a nursing home facility is up to your high standards. Often the demeanor of the staff and other residents will tell you quite a bit about the overall living conditions of a facility.
When looking at nursing homes for your loved one, keep the following things in mind:
- Mood of residents to assess whether they are fearful
- Mood of staff members
- Condition of nursing home facilities
- Maintenance of exterior landscaping
- Availability of hand railings in common areas, as well as patient rooms
- Social activity calendars
- Planned activities for nursing home residents
- Wheelchair access
- Temperature controls
- Age of appliances
A nursing home facility’s attention to these details will tell you a lot about how the facility is run and whether your loved one will have a positive experience at a particular facility.
If possible, speak with others who have had loved ones at a facility and also read reviews online. Nursing home staff may be extremely friendly during a visit, but it’s important to learn from unbiased reviews as to whether the environment changes when visiting hours are over. You can learn a lot by showing up to visit unannounced.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
When you’re no longer able to adequately take care of your loved one, choosing to place him or her in a nursing home can be a difficult decision. When you do decide on a nursing home facility and your trust in their competence is broken, it can be frustrating for you and humiliating for your family member. You may not know where to turn for help.
If you report nursing home abuse to a social services agency without taking legal action, chances are your case won’t be prioritized as many social workers have heavy caseloads. Especially if your loved one is in danger, you need immediate results. The best course of action to get rapid results is to contact a skilled and experienced nursing home abuse attorney.
Isaacs & Isaacs Will Come to the Aid of Your Loved One Immediately
When abuse and neglect occur at a nursing home or other care facility, the responsibility almost always goes beyond the abusive agent. Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit could be very complicated. Our nusring home abuse lawyers will need to find out what happened and who the liable parties are. Some of the issues include:
- What happened
- How frequently
- Who is/are responsible
- Who, if anybody, witnessed the incidents of abuse/neglect
- Are there other victims
Our experienced and committed team of nursing home abuse attorneys will begin investigating immediately, to establish the facts. As attorneys we have a legal duty to report the abuse to the adult protective agency in the state where your loved one resides. Laws and punishment to protect vulnerable adults vary from state to state. When an abuser is convicted in criminal court and a civil lawsuit has been filed for the same crime, the judgment in favor of the plaintiff is usually automatic. There is a statute of limitations for filing a civil case, which usually begins immediately when the plaintiff becomes aware of the situation or when the abuse occurs. It is crucial to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs have been defending those who have been wronged by the nursing home industry for more than two decades. We maintain that the abuser, not the victim, is the one who should pay, and will represent your loved one on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid until you do.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys proudly serve clients in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio and look forward to discussing your needs and answering your questions. Pick up the phone today and speak with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys at 800-800-8888. We are ready to help you 24/7.