Most would expect that, when they must make the difficult decision of having their elderly loved one moved into a nursing home, they can trust the caregivers who are employed at the facility to provide their loved one with the utmost care and respect. While this is true at some nursing homes, it is unfortunately not the case at many.
On top of the inherent trust that many place in caregiving institutions, most simply do not know exactly what nursing home abuse looks like and, in turn, do not know what to look for to recognize abuse and bring it to a stop. The truth is that abuse can come in a variety of forms on a wide spectrum of severity – from minor neglect, to blatant physical abuse, to financial exploitation. However, regardless of the type of abuse, any individual who uses their job to take advantage of vulnerable elders needs to answer for their actions.
How to Get Help
At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being advocates of those in our community who can not protect themselves, including abused elders in nursing homes. We understand the tragedy of this situation, and want to do everything in our power to make sure that those responsible are held accountable. We have helped many clients successfully pursue claims against nursing homes for abuse, resulting in *millions of dollars in compensation. So, if you believe that you or your loved one is experiencing any form of abuse from nursing home caregivers, please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
The Cases We Handle
When nursing home caregivers are negligent in their care of residents, the consequences can be severe. Elderly residents rely on their caregivers for a tremendous amount of help, from everything to providing food to moving them frequently to prevent bedsores. When caregivers fail to provide residents with the care they need – whether intentionally or not – they are guilty of negligence.
Beyond a caregiver’s willingness to pay attentive care to each of their residents, their skill and ability should also be considered when looking at the dysfunctions in many nursing homes. Often due to high turnover rates, many nurses and other staff at nursing homes are simply not trained properly, and do not have the expertise required to knowledgeably and effectively deal with all medical issues that may arise for the residents. This can lead to a host of medical issues for an elder, including malnutrition, dehydration, choking, falls, and medication errors.
According to research, residents are abused in one out of every three nursing homes throughout the country. And, while many of these abuses indeed arise out of neglectful behavior, many of them are also related to intentional physical or psychological abuse. In the worst cases, some elders are even subject to sexual abuse – from those who are purportedly watching over their well-being.
Although they have been illegal for some time, many nursing homes still employ unacceptable methods for restraining patients. Regardless of whether it is done out of intentional maliciousness or convenience, there is never an excuse for using physical or chemical restraints to immobilize a nursing home resident.
Surprisingly, nursing home residents are twice as likely to fall as elderly individuals living in the community. While it is understandable that those in care facilities would be more prone to fall – whether due to old age or injuries – it is the responsibility of caregivers to understand the risks each elder faces, and to make sure they do everything they can to prevent accidents. This includes accommodating elders who can not move around easily, as well as making sure that the hallways and rooms are free of obstacles and liquids that could lead to a dangerous fall.
Providing adequate food to residents is among the most basic duties of nursing homes. Nevertheless, according to some estimates, as many as 40 percent of nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition. This is a serious problem when you consider the long-term, irreversible effects that malnutrition can have on the elderly.
Commonly referred to as bedsores, pressure ulcers are sores that develop on an individual when they have been sitting or lying in the same position for too long. Bony areas of the body are especially susceptible, as this further increases the pressure on the skin. If caught in time, these sores can be relatively easy to manage – however, if they go unnoticed or unattended to, they could result in serious complications, including death.
Wandering refers to a resident moving around a nursing home unattended, while elopement refers to a resident leaving the facility altogether without the knowledge of the caregivers. While elderly individuals should undoubtedly have the freedom to move about, those suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other conditions that may disorient or confuse them may need extra attention to ensure that they do not get lost and find themselves in dangerous situations.
Contact Louisville, KY Attorney Seth Gladstein about Your Nursing Home Abuse Claim
If you or an elderly loved one have suffered from any form of abuse in a nursing home, it is important to stand up for your rights. Sadly, this problem has become epidemic. Many residents do not know how to speak up, or are even afraid of doing so out of shame. Nevertheless, holding those guilty accountable is the only way of seriously curbing this problem.
For more information about your legal rights, and to find out if you have a claim for compensation, contact the attorneys at Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC today. We have the knowledge and experience to help you seek the justice you and your loved one deserves. You can contact us today by calling (800) 991-0474 or by filling out our convenient online contact form.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel) Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.