The neglect and abuse of nursing home residents is a growing epidemic. According to the National Institute of Justice, it is estimated that as many as 2.1 million elderly Americans suffer from nursing home abuse each year. Sadly, many cases go unreported because the victims are either too scared or incapable of speaking out.
Nursing home neglect or abuse may be difficult to identify, but the consequences from it are very clear. Elderly victims of abuse and neglect can suffer disabling injuries, failing health, and an overall reduced quality of life. If you believe your loved one is a victim, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
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If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, exploitation, or neglect, the team at Phillips Law Offices can provide the legal representation that they need to seek justice. The attorneys at Phillips Law Offices have been successfully assisting nursing home patients and their families in obtaining full and fair financial compensation for over 65 years.
This law firm in the Midwest offers those individuals who have been neglected a seasoned attorney to evaluate their case, explain the legal options, and fight to restore justice and dignity for the elderly. Phillips Law Offices provides personalized and attentive service to every client. The team at Phillips Law Offices can help clients understand confusing medical terms and complicated legal procedures and alleviate the headache that lawsuits can cause. Our goal is to reach the best possible outcome for each of our clients.
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WHAT IS NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
It’s important to understand the difference between nursing home abuse and neglect. Abuse is a more active process in which the defendant takes some sort of action that is harmful to the victim.
On the other hand, cases of neglect are characterized by inaction or a failure to act appropriately. For example, if a staff member at a nursing home has ignored an elderly resident for days on end, this would be a case of neglect.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
There are many different types of nursing home abuse and neglect. Below is an overview of the different types of nursing home abuse and neglect–and the signs that you should look for when determining whether or not your loved one is a victim:
- Physical Abuse: Some of the signs of physical abuse include broken bones, bleeding, bruises, cuts, or unexplained infections or disease.
- Emotional Abuse: This type of abuse can cause changes in emotions, discomfort around caretakers, depression, and anxiety.
- Financial Neglect: This form of neglect can lead to sudden financial difficulty, unpaid bills, change in will or power of attorney, and unexpected activity on back accounts or credit cards.
- Medical Neglect: This form of neglect comes from a staff member being unable or unwilling to care for the medical needs of a resident. This can result in infections or bedsores. Additionally, staff members may also fail to ensure that a resident is taking medications for pre-existing medical conditions.
- Neglect of Basic Needs: If a nursing home resident is not provided with regular food and water or is not living in a clean environment, one is experiencing neglect of basic needs.
Don’t rely on your loved one to tell you that they are being abused or neglected. Instead, keep an eye out for these signs of abuse and neglect.
WHAT LEGAL OPTIONS DO NURSING HOME ABUSE OR NEGLECT VICTIMS HAVE?
Nursing home neglect and abuse can take a large toll on patients and their loved ones. Families of those who are being abused in nursing homes can be left with the burden of medical bills and guilt, while victims suffer from disability, disfigurement, emotional anguish, and an overall reduced quality of life.
Filing a nursing home abuse claim may not be able to undo the pain that the victim has experienced, but it can provide crucial financial support to help the individual and their family during the recovery process.
Phillips Law Offices can assist with every step in the process of filing a claim and fighting for the compensation that your loved one deserves.
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If you are uncertain as to whether or not you have a case, contact Phillips Law Offices today. Tell our team more about your case so we can determine whether or not your family has the right to take legal action.