Nursing homes and their staff have a responsibility to care for its residents. When either fails to uphold this duty of care by negligence, violence, intentional mistreatment, or disrespect that results in a resident getting injured, they can be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Why speak with a nursing home abuse attorney?
When placing a loved one into an assisted living facility or nursing home, you expect that the staff members will treat them with respect and take care of all of their daily needs, medical or otherwise. Sadly, this is not always the case, and nursing home neglect and abuse have become a significant problem in the United States. This can stem from understaffing, negligent hiring, inadequate training, and breach of resident’s rights.
Our legal team can provide you and your family with personalized and effective solutions necessary to obtain compensation deserved for injuries. At Kwartler Manus, LLC, we have decades of collective experience recovering millions of dollars for our clients who have become victims of abuse and negligence.
Types of Abuse
There are multiple forms of nursing home abuse, varying in degrees of severity. The following are the most common:
Physical abuse – Use of physical force that results in bodily injury or pain. Common examples include hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, or pushing.
Neglect – Failure (intentional or unintentional) to provide adequate care. Examples include insufficient feeding or bathing of residents, leaving them unattended for long periods of time, and ignoring or dismissing resident complaints.
Emotional abuse – Infliction of emotional or psychological distress through either verbal or nonverbal communication. Common forms include harassment, insults, threats, and humiliation.
Sexual abuse – Nonconsensual sexual relations with a resident. Examples include unwanted touching, rape, sodomy, and sexually motivated photographing.
Financial exploitation – Illegal use of a resident’s money, assets, or property. Common examples include accessing a resident’s bank account or cashing checks without permission, forging a resident’s signature, or the improper use of power of attorney or conservatorship.