If you believe your loved one suffered abuse at the hands of their caregivers in a memory care facility, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you seek compensation. Our team has more than 50 years of combined experience advocating for victims of negligence and abuse.
A Washington DC memory care facility abuse lawyer can help you pursue damages in personal injury, wrongful death, and care facility abuse cases.
You could win awards to cover your loved one’s medical care
Abuse can take many forms and is not limited to physical violence. It can also be emotional and psychological, sexual, and/or financial. Neglect is another type of abuse. These types of abuse could lead to physical injuries and mental decline.
If your loved one suffered from abuse, the memory care facility responsible for their care may be liable to pay for your damages. A Washington DC memory care facility abuse lawyer from our firm can help you seek financial awards. You could recover costs associated with your loved one’s medical care, including compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Rehabilitative services
- Physical therapy
- Mobility aids
- Hospital stays
You may also seek reimbursement for the fees paid to the memory care home where your loved one suffered harm, as well as funds to relocate them to a new facility. If your loved one was the victim of financial abuse, you could recover the value of their lost property or assets.
Other types of recoverable damages
Abuse can cause emotional anguish and mental health issues. Victims of abuse may experience trauma, anxiety, insomnia, fear, and depression. You could collect financial awards for your family member’s pain and suffering.
Tragically, the effects of abuse and neglect can result in death. An attorney from our firm can assist you with a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one’s passing was the result of the memory care facility’s negligence or wrongdoing.
According to the Code of the District of Columbia §16–2701, a surviving spouse, domestic partner, or direct descendant of the deceased can seek damages for their wrongful death, including funeral and burial costs.
Recognizing the signs of abuse
Abuse is a problem in all long-term care settings, but residents who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s are at even greater risk. According to Clinical Interventions in Aging, only about one in six instances of elder abuse gets reported to the authorities. Symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s may make it even more difficult for victims to tell someone they are suffering harm.
Family members should learn to recognize the signs of abuse in order to protect their loved ones. The following signs should raise red flags about the quality of your loved one’s care:
- Changes in your loved one’s behavior
- Signs of physical violence, such as burns, scratches, or cuts
- A lack of attention to your loved one’s hygiene
- A staff that acts evasive or avoids your questions
- An unclean living environment
- The frequent occurrence of falls or other accidents involving your loved one
- Poorly trained staff members
- Signs of understaffing, such as unanswered phones and frantic employees
- Medication errors or the use of medication as a chemical restraint
- Missing money, personal effects, or changes to your loved one’s will or other financial documents
- Signs of malnutrition or dehydration
Getting help for your family member
Abuse is a crime. If you suspect your loved one suffered abuse in their memory care facility, get help. You can report abuse to your local law enforcement agency and/or adult protective services. You can also file a complaint with DC Health.
A Washington DC memory care facility abuse lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can take steps to immediately protect your loved one. Our team can help you relocate your family member and investigate the conditions of their care. We can also help you get to the bottom of your loved one’s injuries and fight to hold their abusers responsible.
For a free legal consultation with a Memory Care Facility Abuse Lawyer serving Washington DC, call (800) 794-0444
Memory care facilities must uphold certain standards of care
Memory care homes exist as their own facilities or as part of assisted living facilities. Patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia need a safe environment and set routine to help reduce the stress associated with these types of illnesses. Residents with dementia rely on their caregivers to help with meals, personal care, and everyday tasks.
DC Health requires assisted living facilities offering memory care services to provide families with a detailed description of what that care entails. Memory care facility administrators must also receive additional training on caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
If you believe your loved one’s memory care facility did not uphold the promised standards of care, reach out to our firm. Substandard care is a violation of your trust and the law. Failure to adhere to Washington DC’s health care facility requirements may be proof of negligence or abuse.
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you stand up for your loved one’s rights
No one should get away with abusing memory care facility residents entrusted to their care. Let a Washington DC memory care facility abuse lawyer from our team help you seek accountability from the people who hurt your loved one.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has helped resolve more than 10,000 cases for victims from across the country. We have a track record that includes multimillion-dollar settlements for our clients. To learn more about how we can serve you, call our offices at (800) 794-0444.