People want to provide the best possible care for their parents as they age, especially when it comes to the medical attention and supervision they may require if they have health problems. Although most people spend significant amounts of time researching and visiting facilities to find the best care, negligence on the part of nursing home employees may result in serious injuries and illness.
Family members who need round-the-clock help and trained medical attention may depend heavily on nursing home professionals to assist them. If a person suffers injury due to negligent or careless actions on the part of nursing home staff members, he or she may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, mental and emotional trauma, and other damages associated with the injury. For more information on nursing home abuse, contact the Milwaukee nursing home neglect attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 today.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can occur if:
It is the responsibility of nursing home staff members to pay attention to the needs of each resident and make sure they receive medical care when necessary. The staff and the facility have a duty to make sure their residents are properly fed and hydrated at all times, and their medical needs must be attended to properly.
Although it is horrifying to even consider, too many facilities do not keep up with their residents’ needs for cleaning and proper hygiene. When this failure of care occurs, the resident may suffer from additional illness or unneccessary pain and suffering.
Common signs of nursing home abuse include (but are not limited to):
If you suspect that the facility your loved one is in is failing to provide the proper care, it is essential that you take immediate action to rectify the situation and hold those accountable for their actions. We have extensive experience fighting on behalf of the elderly and their families, and we will not hesitate to help you pursue the justice you deserve.
Although it is a terrible consideration, nearly 100,000 individuals report neglect and abuse in elder care facilities each year. When you enter your loved one into a care facility, you are almost always doing so in order to provide them the attention, care, and experienced medical treatment they so deserve. Facilities may be guilty of nursing home malpractice if they:
If your loved one has suffered neglect while in a nursing home or other care facility, you have the right to rectify the situation and pursue legal action against the facility owners and operators. Your loved one does not have to suffer alone and those responsible should not be allowed to continue operating in that manner.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered neglect and abuse while in the care of a nursing home, you have the right to consult an attorney and learn about your legal options. We know that you have questions, and our experienced attorneys are standing by to talk to you about your rights. We have also provided the answers to a few frequently asked questions below for you to review. Be sure to contact us at (414) 271-0900 to discuss the specific details of your loved one’s situation right away.
When most people think of nursing home abuse, they think of physical abuse that nursing home workers inflict on nursing home residents. While this is an unfortunately common form of nursing home abuse, there are a variety of forms that abuse can take. In addition to physical abuse, common forms of mistreatment in nursing homes include neglect, theft, property dangers resulting in slip or trip and fall accidents, malnourishment, and sexual assault.
Nursing home abuse can take a variety of forms, and as such, the signs of nursing home abuse can vary as well. Generally speaking, some of the most tell-tale signs of nursing home abuse include unexplained physical injuries, visible bruises and/or bedsores, residents becoming withdrawn emotionally, and residents exhibiting a fear of nursing home staff members.
The sad reality is that many nursing home abuse victims are either unable to report instances of abuse or are too afraid to say something out of fear that they will suffer further abuse as a result. As such, it’s important for anyone with loved ones in a nursing home to be aware of the most common signs of nursing home and contact law enforcement if they believe that their loved one is being mistreated in any way.
There will be many more signs that your loved one is being abused than their memory of it. Start to look for any major emotional changes. Is your usually animated loved one suddenly sullen and distant? If your loved one is new to their nursing home, there may be some initial mood changes that can be explained by their new location, but if your loved one has been living in their home for some time and you have noticed these major changes, then it may be time to investigate whether your family member is getting the treatment they deserve. There are also many physical signs that your loved one may be being neglected. If they’re suddenly losing weight, experiencing bedsores, or they have unexplained bruising, then you should try to find the causes of all these things. Document these changes, with video or pictures if you can, and bring the evidence to local authorities and an attorney.
It may be possible to file both a criminal and personal injury claim against the people responsible for your family member’s suffering. The danger with filing only a criminal suit and not pursing civil action, however, is that it’ll be entirely up to a judge and jury to consider the punishment. While fines or jail time for an abuser might give you and your family a sense of justice about the ordeal, if the ruling doesn’t also call for compensatory fines to be paid to the victim and their family, then you may be out of luck when it comes to obtaining restitution for your loved one’s suffering. In many cases, both a civil and a criminal suit may be filed, and for the purposes of hiring Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we’ll be pursuing a settlement in civil court to obtain compensation for your loved ones’ medical bills or funeral costs and pain, mental anguish and other damages.
It’s possible to file a civil suit on your own to try to get a settlement from those abusing or neglecting your loved ones, but people who fight nursing homes without representation rarely succeed in obtaining a reasonable amount from a settlement to cover additional temporary or even lifelong costs associated with abuse or death. In most successful cases, unrepresented victims obtain nearly a third of the settlement a successful, represented victim receives. And this is just on the financial end of the case. You’re not only likely to recover less compensation, but you’ll be fighting alone against a company that has their own lawyers at their disposal. You should be focusing on taking care of your loved one and finding a new place for them to live, not fighting deadlines and filling out paperwork without the expansive legal knowledge that Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® could bring to the table. Hiring a nursing home medical malpractice attorney is one of the most responsible things you can do for your family. Don’t wait until it is too late to file your claim. Call us today.
The experienced attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are here to help you with your nursing home malpractice claim. To discuss the details of your case, contact us at (414) 271-0900 today.