Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Lawyer in Denver, Colorado
Nursing Home Neglect, Abuse & Financial Abuse Attorneys
Nursing homes are intended to provide a safe environment for seniors. Most residents in these facilities require help with the tasks associated with daily living, and many of them struggle with some form of dementia. These facilities provide care to a vulnerable population, and families are relying on the caretakers to help give their loved ones the support needed for them to live a better quality of life.
Unfortunately, the individuals in nursing home facilities often face abuse and neglect at the hands of the people who should be providing care. For families who put their trust in these facilities, the realization that their loved one suffered abuse is emotionally traumatic. Because residents may be incapable of protecting themselves or reporting the abuse, families need to understand the warning signs.
Abuse comes in several forms, including the following:
Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse at a nursing home facility involves non-consensual sexual contact between a resident and a staff member. Victims may have blood on their clothes or undergarments, bruising, torn clothing, or signs of a sexually transmitted disease. The individual may also exhibit emotional symptoms such as anger or withdrawal.
Physical abuse: Physical abuse includes any form of battery, such as kicking, punching or pushing the victim. In some instances, abusive staff could also physically abuse a resident by denying the person food or their medication. Patients suffering from this abuse may exhibit bruises, broken bones, or other injuries.
Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse may include bullying and threatening a person. In some instances, the victim could be denied the ability to interact with others or communicate with their family.
Financial abuse: Nursing home residents may be susceptible to manipulation. Unscrupulous staff members can manipulate a person into giving them money, taking out loans, or changing wills and estate planning documents to benefit them.
Neglect: Neglect is different from other forms of abuse because it is not typically intentional. In many cases, neglect occurs because the facility is understaffed or not providing adequate training. The consequences can be devastating, including malnutrition, poor hygiene, lack of mobility, and other injuries.
Some general signs of abuse or neglect include physical injuries such as broken bones, infections or bedsores, weight loss, malnutrition, improper medication, and the person getting lost or leaving the facility without supervision.
Nursing Home Abuse is Against the Law
If nursing home staff abuse a resident, the employees could be guilty of a crime and liable for civil charges. In some instances, the conduct may fall short of a criminal violation, but it could still constitute civil negligence.
The injured person or members of their family can file a civil suit against the facility to recover compensation for the harm done to the patient. Compensation in these claims will include damages to cover the medical care resulting from the abuse, and to compensate for pain and suffering, a loss of quality of life, as well as for other types of related expenses or harms.
To succeed in a civil suit, the injured party or that person’s representative will have to show that the facility owed a duty of care to the abuse victim, that the facility breached their standard of care, that the breach caused harm, and that the person suffered some form of injury.
What to Do When You Believe Abuse is Occurring at a Nursing Home
If your loved one is in a nursing home and you see signs that he or she is being abused, you should make a record of any evidence you see. If the person has visible injuries, take photographs of those to document them. In the event you believe that the victim is in immediate danger, call 911. Report the situation to the facility manager, contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and speak to a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer from Alhasoon, Glidden & Glidden to discuss your claim. Call our office 24/7/365 at (720) 487-1050 for your free case review today.
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