If your loved one is a veteran, they made a great sacrifice for society while serving in the military. Thankfully, a healthcare network is available for them as they age. They could be injured, growing older, or require assistance with daily needs and may choose to live in a nursing home within the veterans’ network where medical care is provided.
While many veterans have a positive experience living in a nursing home, others are not so fortunate. If you or a loved one experienced a form of abuse or neglect while receiving care within the Veteran Health Administration system, or in a nursing home, you could be entitled to compensation. A Los Angeles veterans abuse and neglect lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is available to discuss your case. Call (800) 794-0444 today to speak with a team member and learn more about the legal options available for you and your family.
The Veterans Health Administration
If your loved one is a military veteran, it is very likely that they are receiving health care from a provider within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). This system of clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare providers, has over 1,200 facilities in its network, making it the largest healthcare system in the country, according to the VA.
Millions of veterans like your loved one rely on the care of trained professionals within the VHA, and most veterans receive the care they deserve. However, like all healthcare systems, abuse, neglect, and other forms of mistreatment can still occur within the VA system.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
One form of veteran mistreatment is nursing home neglect and abuse. The elderly population in the United States is growing, largely due to increases in life span and birth rate over the past several generations. In fact, according to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.3 million adults in the United States live in nursing home facilities.
Abuse in nursing homes includes any type of behavior that intentionally and directly harms another person. Neglect encompasses a wide range of actions or inactions that are failures to properly address a particular problem or situation.
Both abuse and neglect are prevalent in nursing homes, and many veterans are affected. Abuse and neglect can be physical, emotional, sexual, or even financial in nature. The effects of abuse and neglect can forever impact the life of a loved one. Some victims of veteran abuse or neglect in nursing homes suffer serious injuries, emotional problems, financial losses, and more. More than 10% of adults over 65 suffer from a form of elder abuse, a figure supported by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) data.
Any case of abuse or neglect, regardless of severity, should be taken seriously. Mistreating any elderly adult is both immoral and illegal. If you believe your loved one suffered from a form of mistreatment while living in a nursing home, there may be legal action available for your loved one and family. A Los Angeles Veterans Abuse and Neglect Lawyer can guide you through the legal process as you evaluate your options. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to get started on your free case evaluation.
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Risk Factors For Veterans
One of the reasons veterans neglect and abuse is prevalent is because perpetrators often target elderly adults. Sometimes older adults have a physical or mental disability, which abusers interpret as less likely to report abuse, fight back, or be cognizant of abuse. Veterans are also statistically more at risk due to additional risk factors, such as:
- Higher likelihood of PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Potential alcohol, drug, and other substance abuse issues
- Presence of anxiety, depression, and other emotional conditions
- Income-related factors
- Lack of social support
- Experiences of prior abuse
If your loved one is living in a nursing home, your family deserves to have the peace of mind that they are in good hands. Abuse and neglect not only cause you to lose trust in caregivers, but it can also put your loved one in danger. While no form of compensation can make up for the pain of your loved one, some victims choose to take legal action against responsible parties to recover compensation. Not every case is alike, so if you are interested in exploring your options, hiring a lawyer can help.
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Victims and families of veteran abuse and neglect in a nursing home could be entitled to medical expense reimbursement, legal fees reimbursement, punitive damages, pain and suffering, and much more. While available compensation is determined on a case by case basis, if another party caused harm to your loved one, you could have a valid claim.
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Exploring Your Legal Options
No one deserves to be mistreated by trusted caregivers in a nursing home setting, especially a brave veteran like your loved one who has sacrificed so much for others. If you or someone you love was abused, neglected, or mistreated in any way while living in a nursing home, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
If you are considering your legal options, it could be beneficial to consult with a Los Angeles veterans abuse and neglect lawyer. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is available to answer your questions during a free consultation. Call (800) 794-0444 to speak with a team member and learn more about what you can do next. Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Take action today.