Nursing Home Neglect
No person should have to fear for their life, sanity or safety when under the care and supervision of a caretaker. However, it is reported that 1 in 3 elderly residents become the victim of abuse at nursing homes. If you’ve entrusted the confidence, care and safety of a loved one to a nursing home or caretaker, you need to know the legal rights that will protect you and your loved one should this type of abuse ever occur.
When it comes to caring for an elderly or disabled individual, there are no shortcuts or leeway in the standard of care that needs to be provided. Nursing home abuse and neglect can have serious repercussions, including debilitating and life-threatening consequences. If you are suspicious of the care being provided to your loved one and have some evidence or indication that nursing home neglect is taking place, you need to contact a personal injury attorney immediately.
Nursing home neglect can occur in the form of both physical and emotional/psychological abuse. The types of physical nursing home neglect and abuse commonly reported include:
- Broken bones
- Ragged, bloody clothing
- Mis- or non-administration of medication
- Obvious signs of malnourishment or dehydration
- Bodily bruises
The types of emotional/psychological nursing home neglect and abuse commonly reported include:
- Intimidation and Humiliation of the patient
- Isolating the patient from others without cause
- Mocking, threatening or terrorizing the patient
- Ignoring the bathroom, medication or assistance requests of the patient
Nursing home neglect is a serious crime and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Elders who are part of an environment where neglect and abuse is present is reportedly three times more likely to die at an earlier age than same-aged peers who do not suffer neglect and abuse.
Pay close attention to any signs you loved one may be trying to give you regarding the care they are receiving at a nursing home. Our team of nursing home neglect attorneys will upturn every inch of the law to ensure a strong, valid legal claim is built in your favor.
Please contact Carey Law Firm today to schedule a confidential, free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Colorado personal injury attorneys. Our foremost goal is to bring about hope, possibility and justice for you and the ones you love in the most timely and efficient manner possible.