For many people living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, patriotism begins at home. If you need proof, it is helpful to look at how much of the population is currently made up of war veterans. Veterans make up a significant part of the population in Tulsa. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that Tulsa is one of the most densely populated cities with veterans. Veterans over 65 make up 44.78% of the population of veterans overall in the state as of 2017.
If your loved one in a nursing home suffered at the hands of negligent caretakers, our lawyers can help. Work with a Tulsa veterans neglect and abuse lawyer when you contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.
About Veterans in Tulsa Nursing Homes
In the United States, time served in the military may qualify certain individuals for partial or full economic assistance with finding good nursing home care. Nursing homes are important to consider for people later in life who have medical needs around the clock, and who may not have the necessary help at home. In addition to some potential assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans will also qualify from some government-provided funding through Medicare and Medicaid. The VA says that your ability to get benefits to pay for nursing home care from them depends on “your income and the level of your service-connected disability.”
Essentially, everyone who works for a VA nursing home should be informed and educated on how to properly care for older veterans who need assistance. Your loved one’s history of service to our country and personal suffering from the effects of going to war make them entitled to dignified and individualized care in a nursing home.
Veterans who risked their lives for our country should not have to risk their lives in VA nursing homes.
VA Nursing Home Statistics
Although a nursing home may deny claims of abuse or neglect in the care of your loved one, the statistics prove that it is a possible and rising issue in the country. According to a report by USA Today, the VA operates 133 nursing homes across the country, serving 46,000 veterans per year. In data released by the VA, 71 percent of the specialized veterans nursing homes scored badly in areas of quality assessments, “such as rates of infection, serious pain, and bed sores.”
Some of these issues are well-known and researched among the population of veterans currently in nursing homes, according to the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute. The residents of VA nursing homes are mostly men, and have “70 percent or greater” service-related disability, and may have other serious chronic health problems related to serving in wars. Many veterans are living with chronic health conditions, including the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chronic pain
- Prostate problems (in men)
- Agent Orange-related diabetes
- Mental health problems
VA nursing home staff, and all nursing homes in general should be equipped to handle the unique challenges your loved one struggles with daily. The intention behind moving your loved one into a nursing home is to help them thrive as an individual, not to risk neglect. If your loved one suffered at the hands of a negligent nursing home, a Tulsa veterans neglect and abuse lawyer can help you build and pursue a case for the damages.
Seeking Legal Help for Veteran Neglect and Abuse
Our lawyers are on the same page as you when it comes to defending the rights of American veterans. We want to keep you informed about all potential legal options you have, and what your unique circumstances will require in a lawsuit. While there are special considerations for veterans who qualify for financial assistance with nursing home care, there are universal rights for nursing home residents.
Each nursing home resident is guaranteed a bill of rights by federal law, intended to protect their dignity and individual needs in the later stages of life. The National Consumer Voice mentions the following stipulations from the Nursing Home Reform Law: Treatment with “consideration, respect, and dignity, recognizing each resident’s individuality” are the first consideration, with “Freedom from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and misappropriation of property” as the second stipulation. When it comes to nursing home neglect and abuse, even unintentional neglect has legal consequences.
Pursuing Your Case
While the exact circumstances of your case will be unique, the potential benefits of working with a lawyer are common in all sorts of cases. Our lawyers want to work with you to understand the case from top to bottom with truthful and accurate information— even in certain cases where the facts do not seem to help your case.
The lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can prepare and file all of the paperwork and documents necessary to pursue your case. If necessary, we will contact law enforcement or the Oklahoma Adult Protective Services to remove your loved one from any situation that poses an immediate threat. We will consult with you about your case from start to finish, making sure all feasible options are exhausted before settling for a well-deserved compensation amount. We will assist you with collecting evidence, affirming your stance, and protecting your rights throughout the entire litigation process. Some nursing home abuse or neglect cases will settle out of court, but we will defend your rights in a courtroom if it is necessary.
For a free legal consultation with a Tulsa Veterans Neglect and Abuse Lawyer serving Tulsa, call (800) 794-0444
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Protect Your Rights
Working with the lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will help you defend your loved one’s rights against physical, and emotional abuse, abandonment, and neglect. We will hold all liable parties accountable for the actions that caused your loved one to needlessly suffer.
We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we win the settlement that you deserve. Let us help you protect your veteran spouse or parent from the harsh realities of nursing home neglect and abuse. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to begin working on a case with a Tulsa veterans neglect and abuse lawyer who can protect you and your family from any more unnecessary harm.