Recovering damages for Nursing Home injuries
We only want the best for our parents and aging loved ones. A nursing home should be a comfortable, protected environment where they feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. According to a study presented to the U.S. Senate in 2002, between the years of 1999 and 2001, almost one third of nursing homes in the United States were cited for an elder abuse violation, with an increase estimated in the coming years.
Unfortunately, Nursing Homes are businesses run by individuals and share the same risks as other businesses; poor management, sloppy standards, reckless hiring. If you are the relative or close friend of someone in a nursing home, and suspect elder abuse, please call our office immediately. Elder abuse comes in many forms, including neglect, false imprisonment, and financial abuse.
- Neglect. Neglect can become abuse if it results in serious actual or possible harm. For example, if an elderly resident needs assistance to eat and the staff does not provide such assistance, then the elderly person can become malnourished. This is physical abuse.
- False imprisonment. False imprisonment occurs when the nursing home staff prevent the resident from leaving a certain area by disabling them and then threatening their security. Just because your loved ones are in a home does not mean that they are prisoners.
- Financial abuse. Financial abuse occurs when a resident’s personal or financial property is stolen or tampered with, or they are pressured to modify estate planning documents like a will or deed.
What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse
If you suspect that an elderly person has been abused or neglected by their nursing home, you should take action by verifying and documenting your loved one’s story, removing your loved one from the facility, informing the authorities, and filing a complaint with the appropriate protective services agency. At Perez & Perez Law, PLLC, our skilled and compassionate staff of Bellevue personal injury lawyers can help assure that your loved ones receive the care to which they are entitled, and that any injuries caused by negligence or abuse will be vigorously prosecuted and the negligent parties held accountable.
As with all personal injury cases, it’s important that you act quickly before time limits run out and your claims are forever barred. Call Perez & Perez Law, PLLC today for a free consultation.