When your loved one is placed in the care of a nursing home, you expect that care to be exceptional. You expect the caregivers to treat your family member as their own; to give him or her the respect, personal attention, and protection that they would give to their own parents and grandparents.
Unfortunately, these expectations aren’t always met in residential care facilities. In fact, in some cases they’re completely destroyed.
It is difficult to determine the exact number of nursing home neglect incidents that have occurred in the United States; the majority of cases go unreported. Nor can we forecast precisely how much abuse and neglect will occur in the future. The alarming consensus from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, though, is that the numbers have been (and will continue to be) steadily increasing.
However, the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC doesn’t believe that the expectations of decent care should be allowed to be dismissed. In fact, we believe they should be placed at the forefront of nursing home care. That is why we make it our mission to fight against nursing home neglect and treat you and your loved ones with the respect, attention, and care that you should always expect.
Nursing Home Neglect and What it Means for Your Loved Ones
The staff and management of a nursing home have a special duty to take care of the vulnerable people living there. It’s a shocking violation of trust when a resident is harmed by the action (or, all too often, the inaction) of a caregiver. But it’s not just a moral outrage: this form of negligence can have severe negative results for the rest of the resident’s life. Just look at some of the forms that nursing home abuse and neglect can take:
- Indifference to needs. This happens when a residential facility fails to provide residents with adequate food, water, entertainment, or hygiene assistance. We have seen cases where residents have been forced to sleep on dirty sheets, and where staff members fail to clean up unsanitary conditions, repeatedly ignore residents who need help bathing themselves, or provide food in a form that residents cannot eat.
- Emotional or social neglect and abuse. Sometimes residents are regularly ignored or dismissed, or left alone for hours on end with no one to talk to or to provide help. In addition, emotional neglect can also include psychological abuse, such as being constantly yelled at or ridiculed by (so-called) caregivers.
- Medical carelessness. This consists of a facility’s failure to administer proper medication or medical assistance when needed.
- Physical abuse. Physical abuse occurs when the nursing home staff physically and wantonly hurts residents, causing severe injuries, mental instability, and fear. Some nursing homes have also seen cases where residents are sexually abused. Other forms of physical abuse are more subtle, such as using physical restraints and drugs to keep residents still and passive.
- Financial exploitation. Theft of personal property is a pervasive problem in many nursing homes. More alarming are cases where facilities or individuals take advantage of elderly and disabled residents into giving them money or banking information, to fraudulently obtain credit, or to secure inheritance rights.
No one, no matter what age should have to live with neglect or abuse. Unfortunately, this matter becomes even more disheartening and traumatic for those who are unable to do anything about it. Whether they’re disabled, ill-equipped, or scared, elderly victims are less capable of confronting and defending themselves against neglect and abuse—especially against those who are supposed to be taking care of them.
That’s where we come in. When you put us into the fight, we do everything in our power not only to defend and protect your loved ones, but also to ensure they get the full recovery they deserve. In order to ensure a justifiable victory, we strive to provide help and advice in all aspects of your claim, including assistance with…
- Investigating your claim to ensure that you have a strong case against the nursing home.
- Helping to collect evidence of foul play and neglect.
- Determining who—the nursing home, staff, doctors, other residents, etc.—is responsible for cases of abuse, to ensure your claim covers all the bases.
- Working out fair and justified compensation for neglect.
- Discussing negotiation terms and options before you decide to pursue a claim.
- Understanding and clarifying the claim process.
- Educating you about all aspects of your claim’s procedures and answering any and all questions you may have.
- Fighting the opposition to ensure your concerns and the needs of your loved ones are justifiably met.
- Providing peace of mind and doing our best to heartache and stress.
- Making sure your needs and concerns are addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you hire us, we personally promise to fight for you and your loved one, no matter how much resistance we get. We pride ourselves in taking an aggressive stance with every case we pursue. The opposition’s lawyers know that we won’t back down, even if it means taking your case to trial. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to show the court exactly what your loved one has suffered, in order to make sure he or she gets the justice and compensation they rightly deserve.
Don’t you want the same thing?
Don’t allow caregivers to get away with hurting your family. Call us today at 877-620-3644 to make an appointment, or fill out our contact form to put an end to your loved one’s nursing home neglect. Don’t be indifferent to their pain—call now and get the help and peace of mind you both deserve.