The line between abuse and neglect can be quite thin, and it is not a stretch to assume that, if your loved one is the victim of elder abuse, they may be a victim of neglect, too. Mistreatment in any form is unacceptable and can be grounds for legal action.
If you suspect that your loved one suffered neglect alone or potentially other forms of mistreatment as well, you should call law enforcement. After you do this, call a lawyer who can help you map out your case for compensation, including determining if you can sue a doctor for neglect.
A Lawyer Will Help You Identify a Defendant and Take Action
When you find out that your elderly loved one suffered mistreatment, which is all too common, according to the World Health Organization, it is important to consult an advisor to help you organize your thoughts and take an efficient approach to pursuing any compensation that your loved one is entitled to. A lawyer can be that advisor when you sue a doctor for neglect or pursue other legal action.
A lawyer will assist you by:
- Helping you identify the defendants in your case. Both the perpetrator of the neglect and administrators may be liable for your loved one’s mistreatment.
- Recording an official account of events and submitting the necessary paperwork to file your case in court.
- Collecting and organizing evidence that could help your case, which may include any video showing that abuse or neglect did occur.
- Corresponding with counsel for the defendant so that you and your lawyer are aware of any settlement offers that they extend.
- Speaking with medical professionals who can attest that your loved one’s injuries were possibly or likely caused by neglect or abuse.
- Interviewing residents that can prove a culture of abuse or neglect in the home where your loved one suffered mistreatment, as well as any witnesses to mistreatment of your loved one.
- Completing all the necessary steps to complete your loved one’s defense, whether the result is a judgement or settlement.
- Defending you and your loved one’s rights throughout the legal process.
A lawyer can be an invaluable resource for you. Part of their job is to determine how the defendant or defendants in your case were negligent.
Forms of Negligence in Nursing Homes
The elderly are often the targets of mistreatment and neglect. Issues such as understaffing are common in these sorts of living facilities, which can lead to sub-par care.
Neglect and abuse in settings where the elderly lives can take many forms, so you should recognize the possible signs that your loved one suffered mistreatment. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, they may include:
- Your loved one exhibiting a depressed mood, such as stopping participation in activities that they typically enjoy.
- The presence of signs of physical trauma, such as cuts, bruises, burns, scrapes, and more serious injuries such as bone fractures.
- Bedsores, which may indicate your loved one is not being properly bathed or rotated in their bed.
- Poor personal hygiene (body odor, unshaven face, uncombed hair)
- Your loved one showing signs of fear and anxiety, such as rocking back and forth or recoiling from your touch.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Unexplained hair loss.
- Your loved one telling you clearly that they are being mistreated.
Being elderly, your loved one may also be a target of sexual abuse and financial exploitation, too.
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in any way, call law enforcement and then call a lawyer.
Call Our Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
We will ensure that your loved one is free from harm and help you pursue justice against the parties responsible for their mistreatment. Call our team today at (800) 842-6336, and do not wait as time may be a factor in your ability to take action.
Our clients pay nothing upfront or out of pocket, as we only collect a fee if we secure a judgement or settlement on your loved one’s behalf.