If your loved one was the victim of abuse while residing in a memory care home, a Seattle memory care facility abuse lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you seek compensation.
Our firm can assist you with an insurance claim or lawsuit to recover the cost of your loved one’s medical bills, facility fees, and other damages.
Your Loved One’s Care Home Should Pay for Your Losses
According to the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), elder abuse can lead to physical injuries, psychological harm, financial losses, and early death. If your loved one experienced abuse in their care home, the facility should take responsibility. We can help you seek awards from the facility to pay for your family member’s:
- Medical bills – If your loved one needed medical care because of injuries and illnesses caused by abuse, you should not have to pay for their treatment. You can receive compensation for emergency room care, medical transportation, hospitalizations, surgical procedures, mobility equipment, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, medications, and more.
- Memory care facility fees – Your loved one’s facility should not get paid for abusive or neglectful care. Our lawyers can help you seek reimbursement for facility fees. You may also seek awards to assist with relocating your family member to a safer environment.
- Personal property damages – We can help you seek compensation for your loved one’s damaged or stolen property, money, or other assets.
- Pain and suffering – Physical injuries can result in chronic pain, loss of mobility, or physical and cognitive disabilities. The mental toll of abuse can lead to depression, sleeplessness, anxiety, and trauma. Pain and suffering damages can provide compensation for the negative physical, mental, and emotional consequences of your loved one’s abuse.
- Wrongful death – If abuse caused your family member’s death, you can seek damages on their behalf. You may also be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering.
How to Protect Your Loved One
Memory care homes offer a special environment and activities and services for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In these facilities, staff trained in dementia care assist with meals, medications, personal care, and other daily tasks. Unfortunately, abuse in long-term care facilities is a problem.
The more dependent a resident is on the staff, and the less able they are to report abuse, the more vulnerable they may be.
Identify the Signs of Abuse
Memory care home staff should have special training in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. This includes instruction on how to keep residents calm, safe, and supervised. Accidents can happen, but repeated incidents are a red flag for abuse.
If your family member has frequent and/or unexplained injuries, medication errors, falls, or other “mishaps,” it may mean there are problems with their care.
Other signs of abuse include:
- Changes in your loved one’s behavior, such as acting aggressive, withdrawn, or depressed.
- Signs of behavior regression in your loved one, such as thumb sucking, rocking back and forth, or toileting issues.
- Signs that your loved one is afraid, agitated, or upset by certain staff members
- Issues with your loved one’s personal hygiene or the cleanliness of the facility.
- Staff members who seem undertrained, overworked, or who avoid questions about your loved one’s care.
- Missing money, property, or other personal items.
- Signs of malnourishment and dehydration.
If you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse, you can report their memory care facility to adult protective services. You can find more information about this at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
Seek Help from a Seattle Memory Care Facility Abuse Lawyer
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you look into conditions at your loved one’s home. If you have not done so already, we can help you take steps to remove your family member from the memory care facility that harmed them.
Our memory care facility abuse attorneys can help you seek an insurance settlement from your loved one’s care home. We can support your claims of abuse using medical records, eyewitness and expert testimony, facility reports, and other evidence. We will fight for the compensation you and your family member deserve.
If we cannot reach an insurance settlement in your favor, we can help you with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. You have three years from the time of your loved one’s injuries or death to file suit. The sooner you reach out to our team, the sooner we can start on your case.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help You Take Action
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has helped thousands of clients seek justice in long-term care facility abuse cases. We know what a trying time this is for you and your family. You want justice, and you want to do what is best for your loved one. We can help you protect your family member and take action against their abuser.
A Seattle memory care facility abuse lawyer with our firm can:
- File your insurance claim
- Build a case proving abuse and negligence
- Communicate with insurers on your behalf
- Review settlement offers
- Negotiate for the maximum amount of compensation possible
- Assist with a lawsuit, if necessary
We are here to serve you with over 50 years of combined legal experience. Our firm is unique because of our team approach. We partner with attorneys from across the county to match our clients with lawyers familiar with their specific type of case. We want to make sure our team provides you with a personalized approach throughout every step of the legal process.
Call Us Now for Assistance With Your Personal Injury Case
You have enough on your plate without worrying about legal fees. We know this, so we serve our clients on contingency. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will do everything in our power to secure a settlement or verdict in your favor. If we do not win your case, you owe us nothing. To learn more, call (800) 842-6336 for a no-cost consultation.