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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Lawyers Protecting Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

A great deal of thought, emotion, and decision making go into choosing a suitable nursing home for a loved one. You expect staff members and medical professionals to be just as caring and attentive as you would be. But something may have given you a bad feeling suddenly – an odd bruise, unexpected behavior from your loved one, poor conditions in his or her room – and it may be pointing to abuse or neglect.

It’s important to know that you do not need to prove that something is going wrong before calling our firm. We can help you get to the bottom of what’s happening. Contact Ostroff Injury Law for a free, no-obligation consultation if you suspect your family member is suffering from nursing home abuse. If you do decide to retain our firm, we will not collect a fee unless we take legal action and win.

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Your Family Member Has Rights and Deserves Respect

Nursing home reforms in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 state that nursing home residents had the right to be “free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.” The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) defined abuse and neglect in their guidelines in implementing the Act:

Abuse: The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinements, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.

Neglect: Failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.

The HCFA later developed the Nursing Home Initiative to improve the quality of care nursing home residents receive through better federal and state monitoring.

If you suspect your loved one is suffering from abuse, we urge you to take action by calling us. Not only is abuse wrong and unacceptable, but there are laws behind you that can help us hold the abusers and facility accountable. You’d be protecting your family member and other nursing home residents from falling victim again in the future.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse

What does abuse look like in a nursing home?

Signs of nursing home abuse include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Bruises, scrapes and cuts
• Bedsores
• Evidence of restraint use
• Lack of interaction with other residents
• Poor hygiene
• Sudden and unexplained fear or other unusual behavior
When a nursing home staff member hurts your loved one, Ostroff Injury Law will do what it takes to hold all parties responsible for their actions.

How do I know if what’s happening to my family member is considered abuse?

Abuse can take many forms in a nursing home facility, according to the National Research Council’s Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect. Certified nursing assistants in a focus group study defined a variety of abusive actions, such as:
• Aggressiveness with a resident
• Handling a resident roughly
• Punching, slapping, hitting or kicking a resident
• Yelling at or speaking in a harsh tone to a resident
• Making threats or saying mean things
Sexual abuse is also a prevalent problem in nursing home facilities. However, abuse is not always physical. Emotional abuse, such as harassment, threats, or intimidation, can cause a resident to suffer mental distress and anguish. Abuse in any form is unacceptable.
You know your family member, so you may have a feeling that something isn’t right. If your loved one may be suffering from abuse, we welcome you to give our firm a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can pursue the situation, get answers, and protect your family member’s rights. We do not collect a fee from our clients unless we take legal action and win.

How do I know if my family member’s caretakers are neglecting him/her?

It is difficult to list all the forms of neglect. Simply put, if your family member is not receiving immediate and appropriate care and consideration in the nursing home facility, their caretakers could be acting neglectfully. As an example, certified nursing assistants identified several forms of neglect, some of which include:
• Ignoring bedfast residents
• Failing to provide prescribed wound care
• Not giving residents regular baths
• Failing to change residents in a timely fashion when they are incontinent
• Poor oral or dental care
Residents who need assistance deserve to have help in a timely and respectful fashion. If you have a feeling that a caretaker is acting neglectfully, we welcome you to give our firm a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can pursue the situation, get answers, and protect your family member’s rights. We do not collect a fee unless we take legal action and win.

What should I do first if I suspect abuse is occurring?

Call 9-1-1 or the police right away if your family member is in immediate, life-threatening danger. If the danger is not immediate but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, we welcome you to contact us for a free, no-obligation conversation about what is going on. We can help you figure out how to move forward and stop the abuse from happening.

How can an attorney help me if I believe nursing home staff is abusing my family member?

It is often difficult to go up against companies alone when they are acting negligently. But an experienced lawyer knows how to find evidence and get answers. By taking legal action to hold the nursing home and its staff accountable for the abuse, you can be the voice of your loved one’s pain and help stop what is happening now and in the future. Your family member may also be due compensation for medical bills, living costs, and the pain and suffering, and we can help maximize that financial recovery. Our firm offers free initial consultations and we do not collect a fee unless we win. So, you’ve got nothing to lose by calling our firm.

Contact Ostroff Injury Law

Nursing home residents have the right to live as comfortably as possible and to trust that staff members will treat them with respect. When a facility fails to provide expected living conditions or lets residents get hurt, they must take responsibility. We can help.

Schedule a free consultation with Ostroff Injury Law today if you suspect your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility. During our initial conversation, we’ll listen to your story, explain your options, and go over the next steps to hold those parties accountable. Our firm never collects a fee unless we win a financial recovery

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