Physical abuse in nursing homes is sadly not uncommon. The situation is even more dire because many cases of abuse or neglect are unreported.
As nursing home abuse lawyers, we know that it is often a concerned family member, such as a spouse or adult child, who is alerted to their loved one’s abusive situation.
If you know or suspect that your elderly spouse or parent is being abused, take immediate steps to protect their safety. Your next call should be to a law firm that accepts nursing home abuse cases nationwide.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is ready to help. Please call for a free case review.
Why You Should Call a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Each state has specific laws that protect nursing home residents from harm. There are also federal laws that must be followed. It can be challenging to determine which course of legal action to take when there are many entities and oversight.
A Stickney physical abuse lawyer has a deep understanding of these state and federal laws. He or she will use this in-depth knowledge to help you and your loved one. You could be awarded compensation from the nursing home company. In addition, sometimes legal action is the most effective way of shining a light on abuse and neglect.
Our Lawyers Help You Recover Compensation
Any nursing home facility that turns a blind eye to abuse of elderly people should be held accountable. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will do all we can to get compensation and justice on your behalf.
We help many clients in similar situations.
Our process for helping you recover compensation might include:
- Report abuse to appropriate state and local agencies.
- Obtain evidence of physical abuse such as medical records, emergency room exams, photos, and witness statements.
- Consult physical, medical, geriatric, and mental health experts.
- Review the facility staff’s work history, training, and compliance to state and federal guidelines.
It is helpful if your loved one can provide a statement. We understand that this is not always possible and depends on your family member’s physical and cognitive wellness. That is why we secure other forms of evidence and documentation to build a compelling case.
Let us protect your loved one and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.
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How We Determine Liability
Your loved one probably entered a legal contract with the nursing home. This contract describes what kind of care, services, and amenities that your loved one will receive.
A Stickney physical abuse lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will carefully review this contract for potential violations or failure to comply.
Aside from a signed contract or agreement, our legal team considers the following questions:
- Does the nursing home owe your loved one a duty of care to provide accepted medical and caregiving standards?
- Did the nursing home breach this duty of care in some manner, either through intentional wrongdoing, negligence, or omission?
- Does your loved one have injuries as a result of this breach of duty?
- Are there damages, such as medical bills or mental anguish, because of these injuries?
If the evidence confirms these conditions, we will pursue compensation on your behalf.
We Work for You on a Contingency Basis
Our lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm work on a contingency basis. We are paid if and when we successfully recover compensation through an insurance settlement or verdict.
You should know that the other side will have lawyers to represent them. It is your right to have a lawyer on your side that you choose.
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Potential Recovery for Physical Abuse Cases
In our experience, the most common types of damages in a nursing home abuse lawsuit are for compensatory damages.
You and your loved one could be awarded for:
- Medical treatment including emergency, restorative, and rehabilitation.
- Lifecare expenses.
- Adaptive devices and medical equipment.
- Reimbursement for relocating your loved one to another facility or to your home.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of companionship.
Most states have a statute of limitations, or deadline, for taking legal action. If you wait too long, your complaint will probably be dismissed. We invite you to call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case review.
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How Common Physical Abuse Is
Several nursing home abuse cases are not reported to law enforcement. Nursing home abuse is an underreported crime for several reasons, including:
- Many victims fear retaliation or an escalation of violence if they report their abuser.
- Some victims feel ashamed and suffer from guilt that they somehow brought the abuse on themselves.
- Abusers tend to prey on residents who do not have friends or family nearby to report the situation.
- Some victims do not have the physical or cognitive ability to report their abuser.
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How to Identify Physical Abuse
Elderly people are frail and prone to falls, but if your loved one has sustained suspicious injuries, you should take protective action.
Other warning signs of physical abuse include:
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Black and blue marks, welts, and other bruises.
- Signs of being overmedicated.
- Poor personal hygiene.
- Dirty room and common spaces.
- Bleeding and bruising in the genital area.
Seeking Legal Aid From a Stickney Physical Abuse Lawyer
There is no time to spare if your loved one is a victim of physical abuse. We can help. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case review.
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