Have you noticed bruises or other unexplained injuries on your loved one in a nursing home? Your loved one might be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect.
An Oklahoma City bruises lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate your loved one’s situation, determine if they are suffering from abuse or neglect, and hold the responsible parties accountable. You should not have to pay for the expenses of an injury your loved one did not cause. The at-fault party should.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we fight for the rights of injured victims. Our Oklahoma City attorneys advocate for nursing home residents and their loved ones, helping them fight abusive and neglectful caregivers and facilities and recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. We never charge a fee until you get paid. There is no financial risk in having us on your team.
To learn more about our Oklahoma City nursing home abuse legal team, and to receive a free case evaluation right away, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.
Noticing Bruises on Your Loved One in a Nursing Home
A minor bruise here and there is not always a sign of anything alarming or nefarious, particularly in an elderly person. As people age, they bruise easier, often to the point where a light bump against the wall can cause a little purple circle to form at the point of contact.
But if your loved one is displaying bruises that do not look like something that would arise from everyday activities, or that do not have reasonable explanations, you should investigate further. Unexplained bruising is often a tell-tale sign of nursing home abuse or neglect.
If you have any suspicion whatsoever that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should follow that suspicion up with action. Even if you do not have firm evidence or are not totally convinced that anything sinister is going on, it is better to speak up and be wrong than not to speak up and be right, as the latter will cause your loved one to continue to suffer.
After noticing bruises or other suspicious injuries on your loved one in a nursing home, you can do the following:
Report Your Suspicion to Someone in Charge
You should first report your suspicion to a manager or decision-maker at the facility, the higher up, the better. If you have reason to believe the culture of abuse comes from the nursing home management, you should skip this step and go right to the police.
Call the Police if You Believe a Crime Has Been Committed
Any form of nursing home abuse, even minor, is a crime. Few reasons exist, therefore, to not file a report with the local police. If it turns out your suspicions are wrong, their investigation will turn up nothing, and you will have peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe. However, if they uncover evidence of abuse, their findings can help you take action and recover compensation.
Contact Adult Protective Services
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has an Adult Protective Services Department, where you can report your suspicion to the state government, after which they will launch an investigation into the facility or the caregiver.
Consult a Lawyer
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to see how an Oklahoma City bruises lawyers can help you. We will investigate your loved one’s injuries, identify who the responsible parties are, and begin the process of collecting evidence and building a case on your behalf. We will hold them accountable and help you collect the compensation you deserve. If you call us today, we can get started right away.
Things That Might Cause Your Loved One’s Bruises
If you have noticed bruising on your loved one in a nursing home, there could be many explanations, some of them innocuous, others alarming. Reasons an elderly person in a nursing home might develop bruises include:
- Excessively rough handling by caregivers
- Running into items (walls, furniture, etc.)
- Medication changes
- Poor diet
- Lack of nutrition
Most of these explanations involve abuse or neglect on behalf of the person or persons who are supposed to be watching after your loved one. There is never a reason your loved one should not, for example, receive their proper medication or get fed a balanced, healthy diet.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you take action against the responsible parties and collect compensation, no matter how your loved one’s injuries occurred. Call us today to find out more.
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Our Oklahoma City nursing home lawyers can help you recover compensation for the cost of your loved one’s medical expenses, the cost to transfer them to a different, safer home, and noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering, and emotional distress
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The Statute of Limitations on Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
According to Oklahoma Statutes § 12-95, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of your loved one’s injury to take legal action. If you let this deadline expire, you could lose your right to compensation. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you file a lawsuit to make sure your case is not compromised by the statute.
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