Vancouver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Our elderly loved ones cannot always protect themselves against neglect or abuse, especially when they are living at a nursing home. They may not be able to communicate what is happening or they might be afraid to do so, that is why it is up to their loved ones to look out for signs of neglect and abuse and take action against those responsible. If you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse at a facility in the Vancouver area, he or she may be owed compensation for damages caused by the abuse or neglect. Report the abuse and then reach out to a qualified Vancouver nursing home abuse lawyer today and learn how you can protect your loved one. Our compassionate lawyers at Rizk Law are committed to protecting the elderly from abuse and holding the responsible parties accountable. We will work hard to pursue compensation for you and your loved one for medical expenses, emotional damages and other issues.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. We can discuss your claim and let you know how you may be able to proceed with your case. There is no risk to you in contacting us because we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay us unless we successfully obtain compensation for your case.
Contact us at 503.245.5677 to discuss the abuse your loved one has suffered.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Warning Signs
As Americans live longer, the number of people who are over the age of 65 continues to climb. While many elderly Americans are healthier than in years past, a lot of them still have medical issues that force them to live in nursing homes. That means there are more people at risk of nursing home abuse. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.4 million people were living in nursing homes, and that number has only increased since then.
Residents can be subjected to various forms of abuse or mistreatment. Our Vancouver nursing home abuse lawyers are prepared to help you pursue a variety of claims, including those involving:
When a resident cannot care for himself or herself, he or she relies on the help of caretakers to provide things like medications, food, water, and take care of his or her personal hygiene. Some residents need assistance even moving around to prevent pressure sores from developing. When residents are not provided necessities like these they can suffer declining health and a variety of injuries.
Some warning signs of neglect may include:
- Sudden weight loss, especially in residents who need assistance feeding themselves
- Change of appearance or hygiene
- Soiled bedding or clothing
- Unsanitary living conditions
- The presence of bedsores or skin ulcers
- Rashes, sores, or lice
This is the type of abuse that causes psychological trauma for residents, including depression, anxiety and social withdrawal. For example, nursing home staff members might threaten residents or make degrading comments. Other forms of emotional abuse might include:
- Ignoring a resident
- Isolation from social events
- Belittling a resident
If your loved one displays any of these behaviors, he or she may be a victim of emotional abuse:
- Hesitation to speak or being non-communicative
- Being easily agitated or upset
- Anxiety, particularly around certain staff members
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Sudden changes in mood or personality
When a staff member is overworked and becomes impatient with a resident, he or she might resort to using physical force, such as hitting, punching, biting, kicking, pushing or shoving, or violently shaking a resident. If your loved one has suffered physical abuse, he or she may show the following signs:
- Unexplained burns
- Broken bones
- Marks on their wrists or ankles from restraints
- Unexplained bruises, cuts or wounds
- Loss of mobility
Sexual abuse occurs when a resident is forced to have nonconsensual sex or perform nonconsensual sexual acts, such as unwanted touching or being coerced into nudity. This type of abuse is common among residents who suffer from significant impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive restraints. Signs of sexual abuse may include:
- Bruises on the breasts or genitals
- Pain or bleeding in sensitive areas
- Torn clothes, especially undergarments
- Unexplained STDs or infections in the genital area
Financial abuse occurs when a staff member, caregiver, family member or friend steals money or assets from a nursing home resident. Some examples of financial abuse include:
- Manipulating a resident to sign a legally binding document such as a contract or a will
- Forging a resident’s signature to gain access to his or her money
- Using the resident’s funds or possessions without the resident’s permission
Nursing home abuse is a serious matter. If you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse in Vancouver or the surrounding area, do not hesitate to report it. After you report the issue, it may be a good idea to speak to a qualified attorney. Contact our Vancouver nursing home abuse lawyers today and we will guide you through the legal process and explain your loved one’s rights.
Who is Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?
When we place our elderly loved ones in a nursing home, we trust that they will receive adequate care. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. When a nursing home fails to act in an ethical way and uphold its duty to protect its residents, a variety of people can be held liable.
- Staff members – Staff members have an obligation to check up on residents and maintain a safe environment. If staff members fail to do their jobs, they run the risk of neglecting a resident in need or can be responsible for a risky situation within the home such as slippery floors that may cause a slip and fall accident
- Nurses – Nurses are responsible for the resident’s well-being, if they fail to properly administer medication or neglect physical issues that pose a health risk, they may be held liable for neglect.
- Strangers – Residents can also be abused by strangers or visitors to the facility. In these cases, the abuser can be held liable, but so could staff members and the nursing home itself for not taking proper precautions to prevent the situation from occurring.
If you believe your loved one has been harmed in a nursing home facility, you should contact a compassionate Vancouver nursing home abuse lawyer at Rizk Law to pursue your case. We will help you fight for their legal rights and ensure that you have the opportunity to hold those responsible for your loved one’s abuse accountable for their wrongful actions.
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Compensation Awarded for Nursing Home Abuse
Your loved one may be entitled to receive compensation for the following damages caused by nursing home abuse:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Medical equipment
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, you have the right to report it and pursue compensation on their behalf. It is important to keep in mind that there is a time limit of three years from the date the abuse was discovered to file a claim. Claims filed after this deadline may be dismissed and you will lose the right to hold the at-fault party accountable for their abuse and will not be able to pursue compensation for your loved one’s losses.
Contact a Vancouver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
If you are suspicious that your loved one is facing abusing in his or her nursing home, you should report the issue right away. Our attorneys at Rizk Law can advise you every step of the way. We strongly advocate for senior citizens' rights and believe that anyone who takes advantage of our elderly loved ones should be held accountable.
Our Vancouver nursing home abuse lawyers at Rizk Law are ready to review your case. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case with the upmost care and ensure that you have the information needed to purse a nursing home abuse lawsuit. There are no upfront costs or lawyer fees as we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not pay us unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for your claim.
We look forward to helping you. Contact us today at 503.245.5677.