At Danziger & De Llano, we fight every day for the rights of those who have been victimized and taken advantage of. If someone you care about has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect then you need the help and advice of compassionate, experienced advocates.
Below you’ll find the answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked.Call us for information specific to your situation, or to set up an appointment with one of our legal professionals.
What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?
If you are concerned, take action immediately – in most cases, instinct is right and the little voice in your head is accurate; it’s the voice that is telling you that you’re overreacting that’s wrong. If there are witnesses to abuse, get their names and contact information and then call your loved one’s doctor and an attorney.
Take pictures of any signs of abuse, and don’t get into conversations with representatives of the nursing home, whether the staff, the administration, their attorneys or their insurance company. If medical care is required, keep all receipts, and make sure that you keep a record of changes in your loved one’s behavior and mental state.
I don’t think my loved one is being abused, but I believe they are being neglected. Can something be done?
There is a fine line between abuse and neglect, and neglect can often end up being classified as abuse if it ends up with actual harm as a result. Failure to provide nourishment results in starvation. Failure to properly adjust a patient’s position can end in bedsores that can cause excruciating pain and become infected.
Patients that aren’t properly attended to can suffocate, can fall and injure themselves, or worse. Call us for help getting your loved one the care that they deserve.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect?
Abuse and neglect can take many forms, and much depends upon the type of abuse that is taking place. A nursing home resident who is being physically abused may show signs of bruising, broken bones, sprains or exhibit signs of fear. Sexual abuse should be suspected if there is bleeding around the genitals, torn underwear or the appearance of sexually transmitted diseases.
Again, fear is an important sign to watch for, and this is also true when a nursing home patient is being emotionally or verbally abused or having items stolen from them. Financial and verbal abuse are often accompanied by threats that can cause a nursing home patient to regress, become overly fearful or stop talking for fear of retribution.
Neglect becomes evident as a result of things going wrong. The nursing home resident may lose weight, start showing symptoms of bedsores or dehydration, or suffer falls as a result of not being properly attended. They may be found wandering in areas that are unsafe or their medical conditions may worsen as a result of not being properly medicated.
Won’t reporting abuse put my loved one at more risk?
Concerns about retribution are the most common reason for not reporting abuse, but it is important to understand that once abuse has started, it likely won’t stop until action has been taken.
By contacting experienced nursing home neglect lawyers you can make certain that the people responsible for keeping your loved one safe and well cared for will be put on immediate notice that the problem exists, that people who will take action are aware of it and that it needs to stop immediately.
How expensive will it be to pursue a nursing home abuse case?
When Danziger & De Llano is representing you in a nursing home abuse or neglect case, money is the least of your concerns. Our primary focus is on making sure that your loved one is safe and well taken care of. We work on a contingency basis, which means that from the very first consultation with us through the resolution of your case, you will not pay us a dime unless and until we win for you.
How quickly will a nursing home abuse case be resolved?
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect cases move at the same speed through the judicial system as do other cases, which means it may take a few years for your case to be resolved. Do not wait to relocate your loved one from an abusive situation: making sure that they are safe should always be your first priority, and taking care of legal issues should come later.
It is not at all uncommon for nursing home abuse cases to proceed after an ill or elderly patient has died. There is a statute of limitations for filing a nursing home abuse or neglect case, so be sure to contact an attorney as quickly as possible.