Nursing Home Abuse
When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you have a reasonable expectation that he or she will receive competent, skilled and compassionate care.
Unfortunately, this often is not the case. The statistics are disturbing. Approximately 30% of nursing homes are involved in some sort of resident abuse or neglect. Half do not have sufficient staff to provide proper care, and those workers who are trying to do their jobs are often overworked and stressed.
The most common form of nursing home abuse is neglect. Neglect occurs when the staff fails to meet established care standards. Some examples include malnourishment, bedsores and improper hygiene for the resident.
Other forms of abuse include sexual abuse, psychological abuse (yelling, intimidation, isolation) and financial abuse (stealing, identity theft and cashing checks without the resident’s consent).
If you suspect that a loved one in a nursing home has been neglected or abused, do not attempt to fight this battle alone. Call an expert nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
Nursing home abuse claims are subject to statutes of limitation, depending on the type of abuse. These claims are also complicated, requiring proof of several elements to win the case.
Your attorney must establish that:
- the person who abused or neglected your loved one owed them a duty of care (a standard of reasonable care while performing acts that could foreseeably harm others)
- breached that duty of care
- that the breach caused your loved one to suffer damages
Other elements to be proven include:
- the staff member wasn’t qualified or properly trained
- that the nursing home was understaffed
We strongly believe that your loved one deserves competent care, dignity and safety. When denied, The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard will use every resource, including expert witnesses and investigators, to ensure that you and your loved one are compensated and that the nursing home is punished for prioritizing profit over people.
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