Kokomo Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
When a loved one can no longer take care of themselves, admission to a nursing home is a logical next step. We rely on nursing homes to provide top-shelf, around-the-clock care to our loved ones.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes are dangerous places. They are critically understaffed, leaving residents to fend for themselves. Other nursing homes employ unstable individuals who will intentionally harm residents before covering up the abuse. If you suspect a loved one is being abused, contact our law firm today. One of our Kokomo nursing home abuse lawyers can step in and assess the situation.
Signs of Abuse
Nursing home abuse often goes undetected because vulnerable residents are too afraid to speak out. Some of our loved ones also suffer from dementia or other cognitive decline, which impedes communication.
Nevertheless, there are some “red flags” to watch out for:
- Unexplained cuts, bruises, or abrasions. A resident could be attacked by another resident or by staff. Some might fall because they were allowed to wander from the property.
- Unexplained illnesses. Some nursing homes withhold necessary medical care, or a resident overdoses because prescription drugs were dispensed improperly.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexual abuse can happen in nursing homes, and an STI is a key sign.
- Dramatic weight loss, which is a sign of not being fed.
- Bed sores. Residents should be turned regularly to avoid any kind of compression sore.
- This is a sign that he or she is being chemically restrained for no good reason.
- Emotional withdrawal. A resident suffering from abuse will often become less communicative and might even be fearful.
- Lack of grooming or a dirty room. These are signs of neglect, which can be just as serious as abuse.
The above are flashing neon signs of abuse, but we often must investigate further. Do not count on the nursing home to eagerly investigate its staff; instead, hire a seasoned Kokomo nursing home abuse attorney to ask the tough questions for you.
Legal Liability for Nursing Home Abuse
When a resident is injured in a facility, many different people could be responsible, including:
- Other residents
- Nursing home
It is critical to thoroughly investigate to uncover whether there exists an adequate legal basis to sue. For example, a nursing home can be held responsible for negligent hiring if it does not perform background checks or overlooks an applicant’s criminal history. A nursing home might also fail to train staff or be critically understaffed, leading to neglect and abuse. Nursing homes must provide a reasonably safe environment for residents, and any failure to meet this standard can lead to a lawsuit.
Financial Compensation for Abuse & Neglect
Nursing homes won’t change until they are held financially accountable for the abuse. We can file a lawsuit for money damages to cover things like medical care or psychotherapy for your loved one. Abuse often leads to emotional distress and depression, which warrant compensation as well. Someone who is slapped, punched, burned or sexually abused has suffered a serious trauma, and the law provides a remedy.
Most of the people who contact us are not nursing home residents but concerned family members. We will gladly walk through the process for investigating and bringing claims.
Call Our Kokomo Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
Abuse and neglect are outrages that should not be tolerated. At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, we will do everything possible to obtain justice for your loved one. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.