Gresham Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect a nursing home resident is being abused or suffering from neglect, you should immediately report the situation to the facility’s administrative staff or law enforcement. Nursing homes have an obligation to provide residents with adequate care, treatment and respect. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer from abuse or neglect from staff members, caregivers or other residents. In most cases, the victim is unable or afraid to speak out against his or her abuser. Because of this, it is important that friends, family members and loved ones understand how to pursue legal action against those who commit nursing home abuse.
At Rizk Law, we are dedicated to helping our clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. Our personal injury lawyers in Gresham are strong advocates for residents’ rights and will not hesitate to pursue every legal action available to hold abusers and neglectful staff members liable for a resident’s injuries or adverse medical condition. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will carefully review your claim to determine if the nursing home or its staff is responsible for the pain and suffering your loved one has endured.
We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge upfront legal fees for our services and only require payment if we recover compensation for you. There is no risk in contacting Rizk Law to find out if you have a case.
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Types of Nursing Home Abuse
One of the most unfortunate things about nursing home abuse is that it can be difficult to spot. Because of this, you should be aware of certain signs that may indicate when a resident is being abused or neglected in a nursing home. Some common signs of nursing home abuse include:
Physical abuse is the use of violence or physical force that causes the victim to suffer injury, bodily harm, pain or impairment. Nursing home residents may be subjected to several types of physical abuse, such as battery, assault, or unnecessary or excessive use of physical restraint.
There may be several signs that indicate when a nursing home resident suffers from physical abuse. This may include:
- Unexplained fractured bones, sprains or dislocations
- Heavy bruising, welts or scars on the resident’s body
- Signs of physical restraint, such as rope marks on the resident’s wrist
- Showing signs of fear and intimidation around caregivers, staff members or other residents
- Bite marks or scratches
- Disheveled appearance, such as torn clothing or broken eyeglasses
- The refusal of a caregiver to leave the resident alone with his or her visitors
This type of abuse may happen when nursing home residents are subjected to severe psychological distress and may be verbal or non-verbal. This may occur when residents are humiliated or ridiculed, habitually blamed or used as a scapegoat for something they did not do, isolated, terrorized or menaced by the abuser.
Emotional abuse can be difficult to identify because it does not have any physical symptoms. This may require someone who is familiar with the resident’s behavior and personality to understand when something may be wrong. Common signs of mental abuse may include:
- Suddenly having low self esteem
- Avoiding eye contact
- Refusing to speak openly out of fear that other people or the resident’s abuser will find out about the emotional abuse
- Seeming hopeless, scared or disturbed
- Displaying a desire to hurt themselves or another person
- Sudden changes in the resident’s sleeping or eating patterns
- Being prone to mood swings
- Refusing or being prohibited to participate in social interactions
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Types of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can occur when residents are not provided the treatment or care they need. This includes access to adequate medical care, nutritious food and liquids, and proper hygienic care. Nursing home neglect can be easier to identify than some forms of abuse due to residents’ disheveled appearance or decline. Other common signs of nursing home neglect may include:
This occurs when nursing home facilities, staff members and caregivers fail to provide residents the medical treatment and care they need. This may include failure to provide adequate care for residents’ medical conditions, neglecting to treat residents’ injuries or ailments, or denying access to residents’ prescription medications. This may cause residents to suffer:
- Recurring sickness
- Repetitive injuries
- Untreated medical or dental conditions
- Weight loss or malnutrition
Neglect of Basic Needs
Nursing home residents are guaranteed the right to have access to basic services necessary to protect their health and safety. This includes access to adequate food and water, safety and comfort, and secure and safe areas for mobile residents.
When residents are deprived of their basic needs, they may be at risk of suffering several types of health problems, including:
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Fall injuries
- Bruises and lacerations
- Restricted mobility
- Dental problems
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
Neglect of Personal Hygiene
This occurs when nursing home residents are neglected the hygienic care and assistance they need. Residents must have adequate assistance with cleaning, bathing, brushing their teeth, laundry and other types of basic hygienic practices.
Residents who are not provided hygienic assistance may display several signs that they are not receiving the help they need. This may include:
- Residents wearing soiled or dirty clothing
- Residents’ beds or living areas appear unkempt or unorganized
- Putrid smells that indicate the resident has not bathed in several days
- Residents are unkempt or unclean
- Bodily fluids or human waste are present in public areas of the nursing home
Compensation Available in a Nursing Home Abuse Claim
If your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you may be entitled to pursue compensation on his or her behalf. Our Gresham nursing home abuse lawyers understand that no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering your loved one has endured. However, recovering compensation may help to provide some relief for your loved one’s medical expenses and injuries.
During a free and confidential consultation, a Gresham nursing home abuse attorney will review your claim and help you determine which types of compensation your loved one may be entitled to pursue. This may include compensation for:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Psychological therapy
- Physical rehabilitation
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Medical tests
- Hospital stays
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Funeral expenses
As experienced Gresham nursing home abuse lawyers, we know what it takes to get fair compensation for victims of abuse or neglect. We are skilled negotiators and are qualified to represent your loved one to help him or her recover the justice and compensation he or she deserves.
Call 503.245.5677 to find out if you have a case.
Contact Rizk Law if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you believe that your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect in his or her nursing home, do not hesitate to contact Rizk Law for a free and confidential consultation. Our nursing home abuse lawyers in Gresham are strong advocates of elderly rights’ and will dedicate our skills and resources to pursue the justice and compensation your loved one deserves.
All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not charge upfront legal fees for representing our clients and only require payment if we recover compensation. Contacting us is risk-free and comes with no obligation to you.
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