Nursing homes are meant to be an environment where the elderly feel safe and their family members can rest assured that their loved one is receiving the medical treatment and assistance they require. The thought of staff abusing or neglecting a resident is unimaginable. Unfortunately, it is an everyday reality for hundreds of thousands of people over the age of 60 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you are in a nursing home and being abused or you suspect that your loved one is suffering, you do have options. Please contact the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. We have a team of highly qualified nursing home abuse lawyers ready to discuss your case and protect your rights. Call (703) 997-2371 today to schedule a free consultation.
Abuse can come in various forms:
Physical abuse: Any intentional act of harm, including assault, battery, sexual assault, misuse of physical constraints.
Emotional abuse: Verbal abuse, intentionally humiliating, ignoring or isolating,
Financial exploitation: Taking, misusing or concealing funds, assets or personal property
Neglect: Failure to provide needs such as clean living conditions, necessary health care, and adequate food and water.
Unexplained injuries, such as:
The nursing home facility is liable if any of the following causes harm to the resident: understaffing, negligent hiring, lack of training, medication errors, or any failure to meet federal regulations and state laws.
The facility can also be liable for injuries that employees cause while working. Any contractors and other third parties hired by the nursing home may also face liability for abuse or neglect of a resident. For instance, if a facility has employed a private security firm and a resident is injured by a guest or another resident, the firm may be liable for negligence.
Living in nursing homes may make some residents feel as if they must do what they are told without exercising their rights for fear of retaliation. However, this is simply not true.
Educating your family member about how making his or her concerns known will not lead to more abuse and, in fact, could put an end to it is crucial to making sure you become aware of any problems before they result in harm to your loved one. Equally as important is involving an experienced nursing home attorney who handles abuse claims who can immediately begin taking actions to ensure that the safety of your loved one living in a DC nursing home or care facility in Virginia or Maryland is never compromised.
The law entitles patients staying in nursing homes to respect, comfortable living environments and rights to the following:
If a nursing home or long-term care facility unjustly denies their residents these rights, it may lead to nursing home neglect or abuse. When this happens, it is your legal right to hold a nursing home and its staff accountable for the harm they caused your loved one in a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
It can be overwhelming figuring out what to do if you suspect your loved one is not receiving proper care in a nursing home. Many times, the most helpful first step is to discuss your situation with nursing home abuse lawyers in Washington, D.C., Virginia or Maryland who can investigate and give free legal advice about your best options. However, one thing is certain, if you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, do not wait to get this person the aid he or she needs.
To discuss your ability to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages by filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit, reach out to the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyersat our personal injury law firm today to schedule a free, no obligation discussion of what you and your family is going through.
Nursing homes are often represented by insurance companies that are eager to deny or do away with claims of abuse quickly and typically with an inconsiderable settlement offer. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer has an understanding of the regulations governing the industry and will know which laws are applicable in order to obtain you the maximum amount of compensation. Through thorough investigation, evidence that is critical to validating your claim will be gathered on your behalf. Negotiations with the insurance company will be skillfully handled for you and if a fair settlement is unattainable, you will have representation in court.
If you or a loved one is in immediate physical danger, notify local law enforcement or call Adult Protective Services. Once safe, contact Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP so that one of our highly experienced nursing home abuse lawyers may discuss your legal options of obtaining compensation for your suffering. Call (703) 498-2928 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.