Omaha Nursing Home Abuse Victim Attorneys
Legal Help for Those Injured by Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Homes
For the family of an elderly loved one, watching an elderly family member grow older and fall victim to the ailments of aging can be very hard. When caring for the elderly loved one has become too complicated, a family may make the difficult decision to entrust the care of the elder to a nursing home facility. Nursing home facilities often provide excellent care for elderly residents; however, due to various reasons, such as understaffing, inadequate training, or poorly paid employees, certain facilities may not fulfill their legal and ethical obligation to appropriately care for residents.
For any family or friend who discovers their elderly loved one may be the subject of nursing home negligence, it can be absolutely devastating. The important thing for loved ones and the resident to understand is that they have legal rights and recourse if they, or the person they love, has been subject to abusive treatment. The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Cullan & Cullan LLC can discuss your options with you.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Cases of nursing home abuse and neglect are unfortunately increasing across the country; as such, it is imperative for family and friends to be aware of the different types of abuse that may occur to ensure their loved one is not the subject of inappropriate treatment at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them. The following is information on three different types of nursing home abuse:
- Physical abuse: Physical abuse is any type of physical action, such as slapping, shoving, or kicking, which causes pain to the elderly resident. Broken bones, unexplained bruises, fractures, or lacerations may all be signs that physical abuse may have occurred.
- Emotional and mental abuse: Any verbal or physical act that results in anguish, emotional suffering, or psychological disturbances can be considered emotional or mental abuse. Intimidating or insulting residents, or depriving them of essentials, can all cause emotional distress.
- Neglect: Neglect is the failure of a facility to properly care for its residents. Signs that a nursing care facility is not providing adequate care include not maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation; deprivation of food and water; and a resident living in an unclean living environment.
These are three of the more common types of abuse that may occur in a residential care facility, but other types of abuse may regrettably arise. A knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorney can help answer any questions you have if you feel abusive treatment may be occurring.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect in Nebraska
A vulnerable elderly nursing home resident may perhaps be embarrassed or afraid to speak up if they have been subject to abusive or neglectful treatment, or your loved one may physically or mentally be unable to inform you or another person of the situation. If you suspect that the one you love has been the victim of abusive treatment, that person may need you to be their voice.
Family or friends should first seek medical attention if they feel it is needed to protect the elder’s health and well-being. Next, gather any pertinent information in regards to the abuse (such as the names of the staff involved or the signs and symptoms observed) and file a complaint with the administrator of the nursing home. A final and crucial step is to speak with a member of Nebraska’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program who are advocates for the elderly and can aid you in filing this vital complaint.
A qualified nursing home neglect lawyer can also be of great help when filing a complaint against a facility and getting justice for the one you love. Building a strong case may require consulting with medical professionals, reviewing nursing home paperwork, or conducting interviews, which all may be too much for one person or a family to handle, particularly when they are focusing on the comfort and happiness of their loved one. An attorney will help you build an effective case if you decide to pursue legal action against a facility or its staff.
Omaha Nursing Home Abuse Victim Lawyers Protecting the Rights of the Elderly
Simply having the suspicion that your elderly loved one has been the subject of abuse or neglect is distressing enough, but actually discovering the signs and symptoms that abusive treatment has occurred can be devastating. The Nebraska personal injury attorneys of Cullan & Cullan LLC understand how difficult and heartbreaking this can be. We are fully committed to protecting the lawful rights of the one you love and holding negligent nursing homes and staff members responsible for the harm caused. Our professional and compassionate legal team will work diligently to ensure justice is obtained for your elderly loved one. To discuss your case with us during a complimentary consultation, please call (402) 397-7600.
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