If your loved one lives in a nursing home, their soiled clothes could signify more than just a medical condition. They could be a sign of poor hygiene resulting from the nursing home’s negligence.
A Tucson soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer is familiar with nursing home abuse cases. You and your loved one might be awarded damages for the physical and emotional suffering caused by a negligent caregiver.
Many nursing home residents and their families are not aware of their legal rights. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can protect these rights and help you recover compensation and justice.
For a free case review at your home, the hospital, or over the telephone, please call us to speak with a member of our team.
What You Should Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes in Tucson and throughout the state owe their residents a duty of care that includes the right to live in a safe, clean place without the threat of violence, abuse, or neglect. When a nursing home fails to uphold this duty of care or turns a blind eye to poor hygienic conditions or an abusive situation, it might be time to call a lawyer.
As nursing home abuse lawyers, we recommend the following actions:
- Call 911 if your loved one is in immediate, life-threatening danger.
- Get your loved one to a doctor or other medical provider—this is for their best health and to document bruises, burns, and other injuries.
One last step you might want to take is calling a Tucson lawyer who understands that soiled clothes and other signs of poor hygiene are often warning signs of abuse or neglect.
The sooner you act, the sooner you can focus on taking care of yourself and your loved one.
Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
ARS § 46-451(A)(7) defines neglect as “the deprivation of food, water, medication, medical services, shelter, supervision, cooling, heating or other services necessary to maintain a vulnerable adult’s minimum physical or mental health.”
Neglect also can be failing to respond to a situation that may become harmful for someone, which falls under the definition of abuse in the state of Arizona.
Examples of neglect include:
- Soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene.
- Ignoring calls for help.
- Withholding food, fresh water, or medication.
- Failing to move a bedridden resident, which leads to bedsores.
The National Institute on Aging describes signs of elder abuse as including:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Depression or confusion.
- Shouting, yelling, or using obscenities.
- Missing money, jewelry, and other valuables.
Your loved one may be too afraid to call out their abuser. You need to maintain close contact with your loved one and watch for these warning signs of abuse or neglect.
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We Can Determine Liability
A Tucson soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can investigate to determine the at-fault parties. They can assess your loved one’s injuries to valuate damages and pursue compensation.
There are several conditions that must be met to establish liability:
- Determine that the nursing home facility and employees owed the resident a duty of care to follow accepted medical and long-term care practices.
- Show how this duty of care was breached through abuse, neglect, or both.
- Demonstrate that this breach of duty caused your loved one to suffer physical and emotional injuries.
- Prove that you and your loved one have damages in the form of medical bills, emotional trauma, and other losses due to this breach.
Nursing homes may be held accountable for the actions of their employees. They can also be found liable if they fail to protect patients from harm from other residents or third-party visitors.
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We Can Gather Evidence of Liability or Wrongdoing
A nursing home lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can gather the evidence needed to seek compensation on your behalf.
This evidence may include:
- Prior violations, complaints, or disciplinary actions.
- Eyewitness statements.
- Photos of soiled clothes, bruises, unsanitary conditions, and other evidence of abuse or neglect.
- Testimony from experts, such as physicians, elder abuse specialists, and mental health counselors.
- Input from your loved one’s doctor about the extent and severity of the injuries, including prognosis.
- Videos of the attack if someone captured the abuse on a cell phone.
Our lawyers understand nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Our team can fight for compensation and justice for you and your loved one.
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When You Should Call a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
ARS § 12-542 sets a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. Although this seems like a long time, many personal injury lawsuits begin as stalled insurance settlement negotiations.
You would also become one of thousands of plaintiffs pursuing justice, and you may have to wait for an opening with the court. You may find it worthwhile to work with a nursing home lawyer who will fight to get your fair compensation.
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Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Perpetrators can be clever at hiding abuse from family members. They also look for the most vulnerable victims who are less likely—or may even be physically unable—to call for help or report the abuse.
Nursing home residents who tend to be targeted by abusers include:
- Residents with little family interaction or support
- Seniors who need help with daily living
- Residents with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Disabled residents
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A Tucson soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can help you and your loved one pursue compensation for damages. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case review with a member of our team.