Carmel Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
While we, as a society, like to believe that nursing homes and assisted living facility employees have nothing but the best intentions for our elderly loved ones, the truth is that nursing home abuse is a very real problem that hundreds of thousands of seniors face nearly every day. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and independent living apartments are rife with abuse and neglect, which can cause permanent physical and emotional damage to the victim. If your loved one has suffered at the hands of a nursing home facility, or you suspect wrongdoing, the Carmel nursing home abuse lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP can help you get to the bottom of it, and file a personal injury lawsuit against the facility for wrongdoing.
Definition of Nursing Home Abuse
One in four nursing home residents experiences nursing home abuse. Other research and surveys show an even more disturbing reality; according to the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys, a national survey found that 36 percent of nursing home residents witnessed one or more acts of physical nursing home abuse in the past year. Abuse comes in the form of:
- Physical abuse, such as pushing or hitting;
- Sexual abuse, which includes any sexual act;
- Emotional or psychological abuse, which includes yelling, belittling, or intimidating; and
- Financial abuse, which is essentially theft.
Neglect can also be classified as a form of abuse, which is described below.
Nursing Home Abuse Vs. Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect is a form of abuse, though the intent of neglect is different than the other forms of abuse. The intention of an abuser is to inflict pain and suffering to some degree, while the fault of a neglectful nursing home administration or staff member is carelessness, also known as negligence. Examples of neglect include making errors with the patient’s medication, not providing proper food or hydration, failing to take proper measures against falls, and not properly addressing various medical issues. Neglect, like abuse, can lead to serious injury, illness, loss of quality of life, and death.
Why File a Lawsuit?
A lawsuit will help hold the nursing home responsible for its egregious actions so that your loved one and others will not be harmed in the future. By filling a lawsuit, you will also help provide your loved one with more financial options in the future. Moreover, you can bring a sense of justice by holding the responsible party accountable.
Damages in a Nursing Home Abuse Personal Injury Lawsuit
Plaintiffs can seek the following forms of compensation for nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Medical costs;
- Future medical costs for injuries and illnesses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Reimbursement of financial exploitation; and
Reach Out to Our Carmel Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today For Help
Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect deserve to have their stories listened to. Unfortunately, as victims fearful of retribution, or because of their dementia, nursing home victims may never come forward on their own. It is often up to their family members to speak on their behalf, and to find out what really happened. To talk to a Carmell nursing home abuse attorney today, call Keffer Hirschauer LLP at 317-455-4043 to schedule a free consultation.