Protecting Nursing Home Residents From Neglect And Abuse
When a loved one requires care that families are no longer able to give, families are often forced to rely on the services of a nursing home facility. They trust that these facilities will provide a high level of care, so it can be devastating when the resident instead becomes the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the wrongful or negligent actions of nursing home staff, the law firm of Harris Powers & Cunningham is here to help. Our nursing home abuse lawyers will work tirelessly to protect you or your loved one from further neglect and abuse.
Our attorneys are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, meaning they have obtained million- and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. This is the type of experience you need when dealing with nursing home abuse. Contact our Phoenix office today and schedule your FREE consultation by calling 602-910-6779. You can also reach us online.
The Many Different Forms Of Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect
We represent nursing home abuse and neglect victims who have experienced a broad range of injuries, including:
- Bed sores: These sores, which are also called decubitus ulcers or pressure sores, happen when a nursing home resident is improperly restrained or left to lay unattended for long periods of time. The skin closest to the bed or wheelchair does not get enough oxygen, dies and is often rubbed away. A painful bed sore is left.
- Malnutrition and dehydration: Malnutrition and dehydration should never happen in a nursing home facility. When they occur, they are often the key indicators of nursing home abuse negligence.
- Bowel and bladder injury: Nursing home abuse victims left in soiled bedding for long periods of time may experience painful urinary tract infections (UTI). They may also experience fecal impaction, kidney failure, toxic infections and death when not assisted or allowed to use the restroom.
- Severe burns: As people age, their skin becomes more fragile. So, nursing home and long-term care facility residents frequently experience very severe burns when subjected to abuse or neglect. The burns may be intentional. They may also be the result of failure to monitor the resident in a hot bath or while handling hot beverages, like coffee.
- Restraint injuries: Improper and unnecessary use of restraints often occurs in nursing homes, especially when those nursing homes are understaffed. It can involve physical restraints, like belts and vests, or chemical ones.
- Fractures from repeated falls: Fractures may be a sign of nursing home abuse. Fractures and head injuries that occur from repeated falls may result from neglect, when the resident was wrongfully left unsupervised.
If you believe that a loved one has become the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you need to know what your legal options may be. Contact us today to learn more. The sooner you act, the sooner we can help you obtain justice.