Our Elderly Deserve the Best, Not Abuse
Accident Attorneys Fighting Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
The accident attorneys at Metier Law Firm, LLC understand that one of the most difficult decisions a person can make is the decision to place his or her loved one in a nursing home. Much research, thought and care goes into choosing a nursing home facility to make your loved one’s later years or dependent time happy and productive. However, though the thought of it is disturbing and nearly incomprehensible, nursing home neglect and abuse in nursing homes happens far too often. Nursing homes are private institutions that provide care for the sick and elderly; they provide shelter, meals and in some cases medical care. Regulated by state and federal laws, nursing home occupancy will increase over the coming years as the U.S. population ages. As the number of occupants in nursing homes rises, so will the number of nursing home complaints.
Some obvious signs of abuse and neglect are:
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Open wounds, sores or cuts
- Burns and abrasions
- Sudden and unexplained change in weight
- Soiling, poor hygiene, smell of urine or feces
- Hair loss
- Torn, stained or bloody clothing or bedding
Less obvious signs include:
- Listlessness or unresponsiveness
- Infantile or other strange behaviors
- Physical or emotional withdrawal
- Disappearance of personal items
- Sudden and unusual financial transactions
Nursing home abuse has many forms, each damaging emotionally, physically or financially. Physical abuse can encompass a wide range of behavior including forced restraint (mechanical or chemical), sexual assault, rape or outright bodily harm such as bruises, broken bones or even death. Emotional abuse may include insults, humiliation, threats and attempts to frighten the resident. In addition, emotional abuse can occur when nursing home employees ignore or isolate a resident against their will. Neglect can consist of withholding food, water or medication as well as failure to change bedding or take care of basic hygiene needs.
Our legal team is comprised of tough, relentless trial lawyers with many years of experience taking on nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Utilizing all the firm’s resources, our injury lawyers will continue to fight for your loved one’s rights and bring abusive and neglectful assisted living and nursing home facilities to justice. If the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one is subject to nursing home neglect or abuse, contact Metier Law Firm, LLC for a free case evaluation and let us be your strength when you need it.