Denver Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers
Nursing homes can provide extra care, oversight and assistance to aging and/or ailing loved ones. Tragically, however, not all nursing homes are safe. In fact, the policies, staff and/or other residents of nursing homes can put residents at risk of being neglected or abused. When that happens, the survivors of nursing home abuse or neglect can be entitled to compensation for their injuries, suffering and losses.
At Tomazin Law Group LLP, our Denver attorneys have dedicated more than 30 years to helping the survivors of nursing home abuse and neglect fight for justice. Known for our litigating skills, our commitment to our clients and our record of success, our lawyers are ready to take swift action to help you and your family:
- Determine who is liable for the damage and harm caused by nursing home abuse or neglect
- Identify all available legal remedies
- Protect your rights to compensation
- Obtain the best possible outcome to your case
- Although the impacts of nursing home abuse or neglect cannot be erased by any amount of money, financial recoveries can be essential to helping victims and their families heal and restore their lives
How Negligence Can Cause Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can result from various forms of negligence, including (but not limited to):
Facility-related negligence such as:
- Failures to properly screen staff during the hiring process
- Failures to properly train staff
- Understaffing the facility
- A lack of security at the facility
- Policies or protocols that contribute to neglect or abuse (or a lack of policies or protocols to minimize the risk of abuse or neglect at the facility)
The negligent actions of staff members, which can involve:
- Improperly restraining patients
- Failing to provide adequate levels of food/water to patients or failing to help patients with feeding/drinking (when necessary)
- Failing to help residents with limited mobility bathe, get dressed, use the bathroom or move around
- Failing to check up on patients or check in on patients, especially those who need more frequent monitoring
- Failing to provide patients with the appropriate types or amounts of medications they need (to treat health issues)
- Assaulting or otherwise physically abusing residents
- Verbally abusing residents
- Psychologically abusing residents
- Stealing from residents
The negligent actions of other residents or visitors to the nursing home such as:
- Assaults or other forms of physical abuse
- Verbal or emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
The Red Flags: Common Warning Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
It can be difficult to know when loved ones are being abused or neglected in nursing homes. This is especially in light of the facts that victims may be reluctant or unable to report what is happening.
For instance, while some residents may fear retaliation (or may not want to get their abuser in trouble), others may suffer from health issues (like dementia) that impair their ability to report the abuse or neglect they are suffering.
This makes it essential to be aware of the common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, which can include (but may not be limited to) residents displaying:
- New injuries that seem to have unknown or inexplicable causes
- Increased fatigue or lethargy that isn’t explained by known health impairments
- Sudden, dramatic weight loss
- Emotional withdrawal
- Increased anxiety levels (especially if or when certain staff, residents or visitors are nearby)
What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
It is important to act as soon as you believe that someone you love is suffering from abuse. Start by monitoring your loved one as closely as you can, documenting the suspected abuse in detail. File a report with the Colorado Nursing Home Administrators Board and, if needed, the police. You should also find a personal injury attorney you can trust to protect you and your loved one’s rights. Remember, your loved one might not be the only victim. Reporting abuse could save other people from nursing home abuse injuries.
Should I Talk To An Attorney About Elder Abuse?
You absolutely need a lawyer to advocate for you. Many nursing homes are private companies and will not provide adequate care and staffing unless someone forces them. Hiring a nursing home injury attorney shows the long-term care facility that you are serious about stopping abuse, preventing it from happening again and recovering compensation for your damages.
Can I Sue The Nursing Home For A Fall Injury?
In many cases, yes. If a nursing home fails to take measures to prevent your loved one from falling, you could have an actionable claim. Patients who have traumatic brain injuries or who had a stroke are at higher risk for falls but staff members may let them ambulate without assistance. Falling can cause even more injuries such as brain swelling, blood pooling and broken bones. If your loved one has a fall at a nursing home, try to document the injury so you have proof.
Contact A Denver Personal Injury Attorney At Tomazin Law Group LLP
If you have questions about your rights and would like to have a conversation with one of our skilled attorneys about how we can help you with your financial recovery, contact our conveniently located Colorado office in Denver and set up an initial consultation. Call 303-835-4595 or email our firm for high-quality service across the Denver area, Arapahoe County and elsewhere in Colorado.