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Nursing Home Abuse

When a family reaches the point where they need to find a place for an elderly family member in a nursing home, it’s a big emotionally charged decision for a number of reasons, including the potential for nursing home abuse. Trusting others to love and care for your family is a difficult exercise and it’s often mixed with so many emotions such as guilt and fear. 

The fear typically comes from the level of care they may receive out of the comfort of your home and this is only added to by some of the facilities making headlines for allowing nursing home abuse to happen. And tragically, the situation is becoming an epidemic in the United States. 

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients who have been a nursing home abuse victim.  Our offices are conveniently located in nearby ChandlerPeoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person at our nearby offices, over the phone, or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more. 

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By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like finding a nearby doctor who can help you or recommending you to temporary or long-term care options. You and your family’s’ safety and health are our top concern, and even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.

To figure out how the nursing home you have chosen for your family is rated and to see if the home has any prior violations, check out our nursing home index. We’ve compiled all of the nursing homes in Arizona as well as their health code reports.

Additionally, take a look at our Nursing Home Glossary– an index of important words you need to know in a nursing home abuse case and their definitions.

If you are unsure whether or not you can afford an attorney, don’t worry. We only get paid when you settle. Check out our Attorney Fees Calculator to find out more.

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“I can’t thank enough the attorney Ariana Byrd to help my family on our Nursing Home Abuse case, she was very kind and prompt execution, thanks to her we receive the help and the compensation we desire.” – Edwin Jesus (Read this Review on Google)

Nursing Home Abuse Statistics

Shockingly, statistics suggest as many as 5 million senior citizens are abused each year, with abuse taking many forms including emotional, financial, and more sinister; sexual abuse.

Whilst many nursing homes take great care to legislate and regulate their staff and practices to protect residents, there are a few who fall through the cracks and this can lead to neglect or even worse. As a family member visiting someone, it can be hard to spot when abuse may be happening and even harder to then prove it.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

It may be difficult to spot abuse or even gather evidence of it happening to your loved one as it can be discreet or hidden. I’s also likely your family member will feel shame and they may try to hide things from you. Try looking for signs that may include:

  • Bruises and cuts with no explanations
  • Clothing and bedding that are torn, bloody, or soiled
  • Missing or broken personal items
  • Unexplained broken bones
  • Weight loss or gain that isn’t associated with an illness
  • Fear of cowering in the presence of certain caregivers
  • Lack of engagement with other residents or generally withdrawn behaviors
  • Medications being improperly administered
  • Expenses that are unaccounted for

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How To Report Suspected Abuse

We’ve previously written about the different ways in which you as a family member can report nursing home abuse here, but we’d always recommend speaking to a dedicated lawyer about any kind of abuse that you feel could be happening. If you fear that your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse, the first step is to report your concerns to a third party, an attorney, or the manager of the home and start to create a plan of action to help.

Make sure you can provide evidence or have kept a record of your suspicions as these allegations are serious and need to be treated as such.

Previous Nursing Home Abuse Case Handled By Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm

One case we previously represented was on behalf of the Cote and Cote estate who were suing Five Star Quality Care for $2,506,000.00 on account they had neglected Mrs. Cote. In their care, she became dehydrated, malnourished, and overmedicated and as a result, she developed an ulcer which led to an MRSA infection and subsequent death. A jury awarded her daughter the full amount as mentioned above.

Our team of abuse attorneys is dedicated to seeking damages on behalf of those family members who are being abused and help you find better accommodations for them in the nearby area. We’ve worked on a number of nursing home abuse cases previously in your area and take the time to understand the family’s concerns as well as the situation they believe their loved one is in. 

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their and their loved one’s personal injuries, including those from nursing home abuse in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.