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
- 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.