Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Injuries
Nursing home abuse and neglect may be occurring more frequently than most people realize. In 2008 the Adult Protective Services(APS) reported that there were over 3,000 cases of alleged abuse or neglect in King County alone. Of those 3,000 cases, 778 were reported to be the result of neglect.
It is always a difficult situation when a loved one must be placed into the care of a nursing home or other similar care facility. Such decisions are generally the result of the loved ones declining health or inability to care for themselves. Nursing homes are supposed to be a safe haven, a place where seniors can go for treatment, compassion, and help with their daily living requirements. Due to the nature of nursing homes providing care for patients who can not provide care for themselves almost every patient that is placed in a nursing home is in a very vulnerable situation. You look for the very best facility you can find and ultimately must place your trust in that facility to provide the best care possible for your loved ones. Unfortunately, some elder care facilities fail to provide the expected quality care that is needed. Even when families make every effort to monitor the resident’s care, poor or negligent care can still result.
Failure to provide proper care or providing negligent care in a nursing home or other facility can result in very serious injuries and in some cases even death.
Improper Nursing Home Care or Neglect May Include:
- Unexplained Falls, Fractures, or Other Injuries
- Verbal Abuse
- Sexual Harassment or Assault
- Medication Errors
- Use of Unreasonable Restraint
- Financial Exploitation
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Emotional Trauma(Depression, Anxiety)
- Failure to Administer Medication Properly
- And Even Death
It is our job as attorneys to seek justice and fair treatment for nursing home patients who have suffered injuries as a result of abusive or negligent care. Our attorney’s experience in handling complicated nursing home abuse claims can help you recognize the warning signs of abuse and neglect. Our attorneys can help you or your loved ones get the proper care and compensation for nursing home injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered from abusive or negligent care, please contact The Law Office of Dann D. Sheffield & Associates we may be able to help you.
To Report Suspected Nursing Home Abuse in Washington call The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Ageing & Disability Services Administration at: 1-800-562-6078