Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

When you trust your loved one to the care of a nursing home or other care facility, you expect they will be taken care of and provided with the quality assistance they need.  Unfortunately, those expectations are not always met, and when those expectations are not met, the results can be devastating. 

The sad truth is that thousands of people suffer injuries as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect each year.  Worse still, because of the age of most nursing home residents, even the most run-of-the-mill injuries can have severe, life-changing, and deadly consequences. When nursing home injuries occur, the responsible parties must be held accountable. 

That’s why when a loved one suffers an injury in a nursing home, the help of a knowledgeable and experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can be invaluable.  Nursing home injury cases can be difficult and require navigating complex laws, regulations, and rules.  Perhaps more importantly, a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can take the stress and anxiety of dealing with the “legal” side of a loved one’s injury.  That allows the family with more time to focus on what’s most important—their loved one’s health and recovery.

If a loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, the lawyers at Gold, Khourey & Turak can help.  The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at GKT have extensive experience representing those injured in a nursing home or other care facility.  With GKT, you can rest assured that your loved one will receive the legal representation and the compensation they’re due. GKT’s nursing home injury lawyers are available any time by calling (304) 845-9750, by Live Chat 24/7 at GKT.com, or online

About Gold Khourey & Turak Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

Since 1978, Gold, Khourey & Turak’s injury lawyers have represented people injured by nursing home abuse or neglect in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  GKT’s nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers understand the ins and outs of litigating a nursing home injury claim.  That’s why hiring GKT’s nursing home injury lawyer is the first step to obtaining the compensation your loved one deserves.

Contact GKT today for a free consultation.

Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

While the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can sometimes be painfully obvious, sometimes the signs are more subtle.   The truth is that it’s not always easy to determine whether a loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect in a nursing home.  Even more, it’s not always easy to determine whether a loved one’s injury is the result of nursing home abuse or neglect or whether it was the result of an unavoidable accident.  Below are some of the more common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Bruises, rashes, and bedsores
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Erratic behavior
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Family not allowed to visit

If you learn or notice that a loved one is showing any of these signs, it’s a good idea to document anything you observe and contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer like those at GKT. 

Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take the form of many actions and inactions.  Nursing home abuse typically refers to the intentional, abusive actions of a nursing home staff member against a resident.  Thus, nursing home abuse can range from actual physical abuse to intentionally withholding medications intending to cause harm.  On the other hand, nursing home neglect typically refers to unintentional harm caused by a failure of a staff member to take an appropriate action.  Below are some of the more common examples of nursing home abuse and neglect. 

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse may involve any of the following:

  • Physical abuse by a nursing home employee or another resident
  • Emotional, mental, or psychological abuse by a nursing home employee or another resident
  • Sexual abuse by a nursing home employee or another resident
  • Intentional withholding of food, water, medication, medical treatment, etc.

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect may include any of the following:

  • Failure to provide proper or adequate amounts of food or water
  • Failure to provide medication or medical treatment
  • Failure to provide adequate assistance with normal, day to day activities
  • Failure to provide sanitary conditions

The fact is that nursing home abuse and neglect is varied and cannot be limited to a handful of examples.  Just because a situation is not included in the above examples does not mean that a person does not have a nursing home abuse or neglect case.  If you think a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home, it’s important to contact an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer as soon as possible. 

Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

When a loved one suffers abuse or neglect at the hands of a nursing home employee or another resident, the question often arises: why?  Unfortunately, there is no single reason why.  Typically, nursing home abuse and neglect cases occur due to a variety of circumstances and factors, including the following:

  • Poor employee hiring practices or failure to run background checks (i.e. negligent hiring)
  • Inadequate number of staff/employees
  • Inadequate training of staff/employees
  • Lack of supervision of staff/employees and residents
  • Overcrowded facility (i.e. too many residents for the facility)
  • Cost-cutting measures by the nursing home

Determining the cause of a nursing home injury is vital to making sure the person receives the compensation they deserve.  While it may seem like an easy endeavor, doing so is a fact-intensive inquiry that can take a great amount of time and resources.  The best nursing home injury lawyers understand the importance of discovering the cause of their client’s abuse or neglect and make the extra effort.  The injury attorneys at GKT can help you. 

Common Nursing Home Injuries

Nursing home abuse and neglect injuries can take any shape or form.  Complicating matters even further is the fact that nursing home residents are already susceptible to injury due to age, physical abilities, and cognitive abilities.  Thus, determining whether an injury is the result of abuse or neglect or an unavoidable accident can be difficult.  Below are some of the more common types of nursing home abuse and neglect injuries:

  • Bed sores
  • Unexplained bruises, rashes, scrapes, etc.
  • Broken bones, including broken hip bones
  • Infections, including urinary tract infections
  • Brain injuries, including concussions
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Harm due to failure to administer medication
  • Psychological, mental, or emotional conditions

If you believe your loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, whether listed above or not, it’s important to take immediate action to protect them and prevent further injury.  That means calling the authorities and making sure your loved one receives proper medical attention.  The next best step would be to call an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney to immediately begin an investigation into the injuries and safeguard any evidence. 

Types of Compensation Available for Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

When a loved one suffers abuse or neglect in a nursing home, the proper parties must be held accountable.  That would likely include the nursing home itself and any of its employees engaged in wrongdoing.  If another resident is engaged in wrongdoing, they also must be held accountable. 

Even more, when a loved one suffers abuse or neglect, they deserve to be compensated for their injuries.  Many types of compensation may be available to those who have suffered a nursing home injury, including compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Long term or permanent medical care
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional and mental distress
  • Loss of companionship or loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Annoyance, aggravation, and inconvenience
  • Punitive damages

The best nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers will explore each and every different type of possible compensation that may be available to their client.  That’s why it’s so important to contact a skilled and experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer as soon as possible. 

When Should I Contact a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer?

The answer is as soon as possible.  Once your loved one is safe and receiving the medical care they need, the next step is to call an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer.  Why?  The best nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers will act quickly to protect your loved one’s rights. 

That means starting an investigation into the injuries as soon as possible to identify the persons who may be responsible for the abuse or neglect and any witnesses.  Importantly, an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer will take immediate action to safeguard any evidence before it can be discarded. 

Taking immediate action can mean all the difference in a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit.  Contact the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at GKT today for immediate help. 

Contact GKT’s Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers

If you believe a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact GKT today for immediate help.  Our consultations are always free and without obligation and available 24/7, 365 days a year in person or by phone, text, or live chat.  Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers work on a contingency fee basis.  That means that we don’t charge a fee unless we obtain compensation for your loved one.  If your loved one has suffered a nursing home injury, we are here to help.

 

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