In many cases, nursing home residents are not capable of caring for themselves or managing activities of daily living on their own. Their physical or mental medical conditions prevent them from doing so, and this may be why they live in a long-term care facility. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to intervene and ensure they receive the proper care.
When a nursing home fails to intervene, and a resident suffers injuries or additional medical concerns because of self-neglect, this is negligence. The nursing home may be liable for damages the resident sustained as a result. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team can review your loved one’s nursing home neglect case and help you understand the actions possible to hold the facility liable.
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Signs of Elder Self Neglect in Nursing Homes
Elder self-neglect most commonly occurs when an adult has a physical impairment such as paralysis following a stroke or a mental concern such as diminished mental capacity from dementia. The inability to provide themselves with the self-care necessary to remain clean, healthy, and hydrated is a common reason why their families seek nursing home placement.
Once placed in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, the facility assumes the responsibility of ensuring the resident’s self-care needs are met. Failure to do so is a type of nursing home neglect.
According to the American Society on Aging, there are six common types of self-neglect in nursing homes that occur. The nursing home where your family member lives should be monitoring them for signs of self-neglect and taking action when necessary. Signs of self-neglect include:
- Failing to bathe, wash hair, or uphold good hygiene practices.
- Failing to manage necessary medications or refusal to take prescribed medications.
- Dehydration, malnutrition, and related concerns.
- Health concerns going unattended.
- Dirty living area, unwashed sheets, old food or drink, and other sanitary concerns.
- Problems managing finances, including bounced checks, missed payments, or unexpected payments.
If your loved one lives in a long-term care facility and facility staff failed to ensure your loved one’s self-care needs were met, you may be able to take legal action on behalf of your loved one or help them through the process. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 201-3999 to get started with a free case review with a nursing home abuse attorney.
Nursing Home Liability for Abuse and Neglect
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we do not believe you or your loved one should have to pay for the medical care, out-of-pocket expenses, or other losses they experienced because of nursing home abuse. We believe a nursing home should be responsible for these expenses, not the victim. We will work to build a strong case proving nursing home negligence and documenting the related abuse.
Proving abuse and neglect in nursing homes can be difficult. Even when a case is tough, we will not shy away. We will pursue the compensation your loved one deserves for the abuse and neglect they experienced.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 201-3999 for a free review of your loved one’s nursing home self-neglect case.
Financial Awards Available for Nursing Home Neglect
As a part of proving your loved one’s case, our team will collect documentation to prove the financial impacts of the abuse they endured. At the same time, we will put a price on the noneconomic damages they sustained. Financial awards in this type of case may include:
- Medical care costs: Related medical care costs include any care that occurs as a result of nursing home neglect. This could include inpatient care, rehabilitation, psychiatric care, and other related expenses.
- Out-of-pocket expenses: Out-of-pocket expenses can include almost anything you or your loved one spent as a result of their nursing home abuse and neglect. This could include money spent to move them to a new facility, to park during medical treatment, and other fees.
- Pain and suffering: Your loved one deserves compensation for their physical pain and emotional suffering related to the neglect they endured. We can help pursue this compensation in an out-of-court settlement or court award.
- Wrongful death: If your loved one passed away as a result of self-neglect in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you and other surviving family members may be able to pursue compensation for certain damages you sustained.
Call a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Today to Learn More
Each state sets its own time limits, which puts a deadline on how long you can wait to act in a nursing home abuse and neglect case. Many states generally give you two years from the discovery of the abuse to file a lawsuit. Because this is a relatively short time, it is important that you reach out to us right away. Some states have even shorter deadlines.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team handles every nursing home abuse case on a contingency fee basis. We understand your loved one and your family do not have thousands of dollars to pay us upfront. We take on your case with no out-of-pocket expenses and collect our attorney’s fees from the payout we recover for you. If we do not get compensation for you, we do not get paid.
Let Us Go to Work for Your Family
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm offers free case reviews and consultations. You can discuss your case with a member of our legal team today with no obligation to sign up for our services. Call (800) 842-6336 now to learn more or to get started right away.