Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing Home Abuse in Temple
Many accidents and injuries happen every day in nursing homes - often due to under staffing or lack of employee supervision. Many incidences are not accidents at all: elderly patients can easily become victims when they are physically or emotionally unable to tell someone they are being abused.
There are many types of nursing home abuse and several abuses may even happen concurrently. These abuses range from physical discomfort and neglect, to more serious injuries - including death. Nursing home patients may suffer from starvation, dehydration, and even physical assault from employees and other patients. Sometimes elderly patients are unable to communicate their injuries due to their physical limitations. Sometimes due to fear. Other times, the staff may claim the injuries were due to a fall or an accident.
Signs and Symptoms of Abuse or Physical Assault
Abuse and neglect often go unreported, particularly since only one in every fourteen incidents is actually reported to the authorities. There are many reasons that abuse is under reported such as reluctance, practical problems of getting to the police or agency representative, and failure to acknowledge that the abuse even exists. Victims and family members often fear reporting the abuse due to fear of further aggression. Physical signs of abuse may include one or more of the following:
- Bruises, cuts and welts
- Sprains and dislocations
- Fractures and broken bones
- Bed sores
- Unexplained weight loss
While there are times when physical abuse does not leave any physical signs, careful observation will often reveal easily recognizable symptoms of abuse, including the following:
- Treatment at the emergency room
- More withdrawn or reclusive
- Fear of certain employees
- Sudden changes in behavior such as crying, rocking, sucking, or biting
If abuse resulted in the death of your loved one, filing a wrongful death claim will serve to hold the person or corporation accountable. And while we know that money will never replace your loved one, it can help to punish those responsible while filling the financial void that has been left in your life. Compensation in wrongful death claims often include payment for loss of consortium, medical and funeral expenses, emotional pain and suffering, and punitive damages when criminal negligence was involved.
Zinda Law Group Can Help You and Your Loved One
If you, your parent, or loved one have been neglected or abused, or worse, died at the hands of their caretaker, you may have a claim for wrongful death and loss of consortium. At the law offices of Zinda Law Group, we put our clients first. We understand that money will not heal your pain and suffering, but it can help to ease the financial burdens.
We can file a claim for the injury or death of your loved one for your loss of consortium and society, affection, comfort, care, love, solace, moral support, protection, assistance, conjugal fellowship, marital compatibility, and companionship. You can rely on us to be there for you and to get you the maximum compensation. We can also help you get compensation for your economic losses including medical expenses, loss of future income, payment for future services normally provided by your loved one, compensation for property damage, and punitive damages when warranted. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 and let us help you. Your call is free and the consultation is free too. And we don't get paid if we don't recover compensation for you, so call today.