Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect
Creating a Safe Environment for You and Your Loved One
The elderly are some of the most vulnerable people in our community. So when an elder is discovered to be a victim of abuse, they are entitled to both justice and compensation. You and your loved one have the right to feel secure in your home and in treatment.
Types of elder abuse include:
- Physical abuse, such as assault, confinement, or the forced use of drugs.
- Emotional abuse, such as verbal humiliation or intimidation.
- Psychological abuse, such as isolating or ignoring of the elder.
- Neglect, such as avoiding responsibilities necessary of a caretaker.
- Fraud or scams, such as stolen cash or checks, falsifying identity, or investment fraud.
My mother had a slip and fall at her nursing home. The staff didn’t react in a timely manner, and because of that experienced permanent damage to her hip. We contacted Attorney Janet Goldman immediately, and she was able to get us the compensation we needed for the medical bills in a timely manner. We couldn’t have asked for a better attorney.
Mistreatment in the Nursing Home
Nursing homes are held to a high standard in order to keep their patients and clients safe. Maintaining these standards should be the first priority in these facilities, and failure to do so can result in injury or death of the elder. Often, they are reluctant to speak up due to intimidation or fear of retaliation, so it is crucial for the family to keep watch for the signs of abuse.
Abuse in the nursing home includes:
- Malnutrition or dehydration.
- Rapid weight loss.
- Physical markings, such as bruises or cuts.
- Sudden and uncharacteristic mood swings.
- Sudden changes to a will or life insurance.
- Unsanitary conditions in either apartment or common areas.
- Visible fear when nearby nursing home staff.
- Over-medication or lack of medication.
How We Use Evidence to Support an Elder Abuse Claim
If you suspect abuse in the home or nursing facility, your loved one may be entitled to compensation. The objective of our work is to obtain evidence of this abuse, so we can easily support your claim and make sure the elder is in a healthy and happy living situation.
These types of evidence include:
- Physical markings including bruises, cuts, and grip marks.
- Doctor assessments denoting physical or emotional suffering.
- Lab tests showing the elder’s medication levels.
- Torn or damaged clothes or personal items, such as eyeglasses.
- Bank account statements.
- Behavior of the elder, such as lack of interest in social activities or general fear or suspicion.
No legal fees until we win
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that until we have gotten you the settlement or justice you need, you won’t be charged any attorney fees.
Our trial attorneys are available to represent families in cases of fatal accidents, as well as traumatic physical and brain injuries. We offer free consultations, home and hospital visits, flexible office hours, and free processing of medical bills.