When your loved one is involved in an accident in a nursing home, there is an unfortunate possibility that it may not really be an accident. It could instead be the result of negligence. Caretakers, administrators, and other residents are among those who possibly caused or contributed to any injuries suffered by your loved one in such an accident, and a Berwyn nursing home accident lawyer can help you get to the bottom of the matter.
If your loved one sustained injuries in a nursing home “accident,” call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
When Accidents Are Not Truly Accidents
Accidents happen, but when your loved one suffers an injury or passes away directly because of actions taken or not taken by another party, then it may not be right to refer to the incident as an accident. Instead, your loved one may be the victim of negligence.
Certain forms of negligence are the result of a bigger problem. For example, your loved one may be the victim of understaffing. Your loved one could also be the victim of more acute mistreatment such as abuse.
You Must Recognize the Signs of Abuse
There is no doubt that you want to protect your loved one from harm, and this means assuming the worst when you see signs in their physical or emotional state that concern you. Such signs may be indications that your loved one is being abused, neglected, or exploited, and you must take action if you see any of them.
The National Center on Elder Abuse lists some of the signs of physical and emotional abuse, which may include:
- Uncharacteristic changes in your loved one’s mood.
- Signs of injury to the skin such as bruising, burns, and cuts.
- Symptoms of depression, which may include them being less talkative than normal and withdrawing from social situations.
- Loss of pleasure in activities that they usually enjoy participating in.
- Your loved one telling you directly that they suffered physical or emotional mistreatment.
- Witnessing a caretaker, administrator, or other resident speaking to or handling your loved one in an inappropriate manner.
- Outbursts, whether verbal or physical, that are not characteristic of your loved one’s temperament.
There are other potential symptoms of physical and emotional abuse that you may see in your loved one, and you should take action if you see anything that does not sit right with you. In addition to symptoms of abuse, look out for any indications that your loved one is being neglected by their caretakers.
Neglect is a Common Form of Mistreatment in Nursing Homes
While abuse may require caretakers or others around your loved one to go out of their way to inflict harm, neglect is a more passive form of mistreatment — yet, neglect may be just as harmful to your loved one as abuse.
Caretaker neglect may include:
- Not brushing your loved one’s teeth or cleaning their dentures as necessary.
- Not cleaning out your loved one’s bedpan or helping them to the restroom when necessary.
- Failing to administer bathing and proper bed rotation, that could lead to potentially serious injury such as bedsores, which could get infected.
- Not monitoring your loved one in regular shifts.
- Interacting with your loved one in a way that is callous, which may affect your loved one’s mental and physical health.
- Neglecting any aspect of your loved one’s daily hygiene, which includes bathing, shaving, and restroom use, among other tasks.
You may see signs that your loved one is being neglected, such as being unshaven and emitting body odor, and you should seek legal counsel from a nursing home abuse lawyer if you see these signs more than once. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
A Berwyn Nursing Home Accident Lawyer Will Provide the Legal Help You Need
When you spot signs of mistreatment toward your loved one, you should call law enforcement or other appropriate authorities right away. They will help you take action to ensure your loved one is out of immediate harm’s way, at which point you should call our firm to explore your options for pursuing compensation.
You can expect that a Berwyn nursing home accident lawyer will take the necessary steps to start your lawsuit, and see it through to its conclusion. Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will serve you by:
- Looking for any evidence that suggests your loved one suffered mistreatment, whether it was in the form of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Analyzing your loved one’s medical records with their consent, as these records could indicate past instances of abuse or neglect that you did not initially catch.
- Interviewing any available witnesses who can testify to unsafe conditions in the nursing home, and potentially specific instances of your loved one being mistreated.
- Once your case is started, establishing communication with the defendant’s lawyers in case they offer you a settlement.
- Employing the services of any experts that can benefit your loved one’s case, such as professionals who specialize in elder abuse.
- Handling every legal responsibility that arises in order for your case to reach a conclusion.
- Protecting your rights and your loved one’s rights as we fight for compensation together.
If we can show that your loved one suffered abuse while they were under the care of the defendants in their case, then your loved one may be awarded compensation for their losses. Such compensation could cover the cost of their stay at the nursing home, any medical bills connected to the mistreatment, pain and suffering, and possibly additional forms of compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a Nursing Home Accidents Lawyer serving Berwyn, call (800) 794-0444
Call Our Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
It is our duty to go the extra mile for our clients, and we will fight for your loved one’s rights if they suffered mistreatment in a nursing home. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you pay no out-of-pocket costs, and we only receive a fee if we win your case.
Call a Berwyn nursing home accident attorney at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.