Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys

Elder mistreatment and neglect are serious problems that can affect those we love. Nursing home residents often become victims of those who would take advantage of people who are vulnerable and cannot stand up for themselves. If you suspect that someone you love has been the subject of nursing home neglect or mistreatment, seek the guidance of an experienced elder abuse attorney right away.

At Bubalo Law PLC, we will take the steps needed to protect victims of elder abuse and pursue justice and compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or misconduct of nursing home staff. Our law firm, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has the resources and commitment to handle these complex cases. Elder abuse should never happen, but it does. A nursing home abuse lawsuit can help the families of victims hold a nursing home accountable, protect a loved one and prevent others from being similarly neglected or mistreated. If you suspect that someone you love is the victim of elder misconduct or wrongdoing, contact us for a free consultation about your case.

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How Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Can Help

When you entrust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, you expect your loved one will receive attentive care and be treated with dignity and respect. When nursing home residents are neglected or mistreated, it can be difficult to believe what is occurring. At Bubalo Law PLC, our attorneys are ready to put an end to this unforgivable treatment. Our nursing home neglect lawyers can take the following steps:

  • Investigate the claim of misconduct and find out how the victim was harmed. Sometimes people can clearly describe what happened to them. In other cases, the nursing home resident may have trouble communicating. We’ll work with the victim and their loved ones to figure out what happened.
  • Seek treatment for injuries. Elder care negligence cases can involve physical and mental harm. We’ll work with you to understand what happened and help make sure your loved one receives the medical treatment he or she needs. We’ll also review medical records and help arrange for an evaluation of injuries. This will help you understand the extent of the injuries.
  • Determine all the facts. Elder neglect and mistreatment may be an individual incident, a pattern of behavior or a systemic problem caused by the way the nursing home is operated. Our experienced elder abuse attorneys will assess the types of damages the victim may be entitled to claim and will develop the strongest case possible.
  • Notify the insurer and submit a demand letter. We’ll notify the appropriate insurance company of the claim and seek to initiate settlement negotiations. We’ll advocate on your behalf and work to get the maximum amount of compensation. We will keep you informed of the progress of the negotiations.
  • Fight for you in court. We are usually successful in settling cases before trial, but we will be prepared to take a nursing home neglect claim to court if needed. The attorneys at Bubalo Law PLC have the litigation experience and resources to fight for you in court. Our reputation as trial attorneys makes insurance company more willing to try to settle. They know we are not afraid to go to court. With years of experience, our nursing home neglect lawyers know how to fight for you.

If you suspect caregiver mistreatment, you can help get the victim the help they need. If your loved one’s health and welfare are in danger, contact authorities immediately. If neglect or misconduct is unclear and the resident’s health is not immediately threatened, the following steps may help protect them:

  • Speak with the victim and write down any information about the issue. The victim may be embarrassed and may not want to speak directly about how he or she has been hurt. Gather as much information as you can but respect the victim’s needs.
  • Write down any important details that you have noticed about the suspected neglect or mistreatment. This includes the nature of the injuries, where it happened, and what you saw. Include information about the resident’s schedule, their primary caregiver, and any other details that seem important.
  • Document the names and positions of those suspected of maltreatment and others who may help care for the victim. Those around the victim may have noticed the abuse or carelessness, or they may have observed strange patterns by caretakers. Their testimony can help your case.
  • A victim’s family is an important source of information in an elder misconduct or neglect case. Family members may offer additional information or clarification about the suspected wrongdoing.
  • Report the suspected misconduct to the state agency that is responsible for elder care negligence claims. Every state has a state organization that oversees elder abuse cases. In Kentucky, if you suspect elder mismanagement, you must report it to the state. Please see the state of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services for more information.
  • Speak with an elder care negligence lawyer about the situation. An elder mistreatment or neglect case can be complicated and challenging to pursue on your own. A personal injury lawyer who handles nursing home neglect cases can advise you how to keep your loved one safe and the steps to take.

Abuse and neglect can take many forms including physical abuse, mental abuse, and sexual abuse. If you notice any of the following signs, you should notify the nursing home administrator of your concerns. If your concerns are not addressed, you should follow-up with a letter outlining your concerns to the nursing home administrator. You also should talk with an attorney about whether there are other appropriate steps to protect your loved one such as filing a nursing home neglect case.

Among the possible signs of nursing home neglect and abuse are:

  • Dehydration is a common sign that an elderly resident is not getting the attention that he or she needs. Some medications can cause dehydration. Often times, seniors have limited mobility and are not able to get up and get the water they need by themselves. Dehydration can be identified by fatigue, dark-colored urine, and dizziness. If a nursing home resident is dehydrated, it may be an indicator of nursing home neglect.
  • Malnutrition occurs when elders are not consuming the types and amounts of food they need. There are many signs of malnutrition including weight loss, poor recovery from injuries, and problems with teeth and gums. If you suspect someone is suffering from malnutrition, observe them during mealtimes and follow up with those who manage their meals and nutrition.
  • Bedsores are a type of ulcer that develops when there is constant pressure on one area or side of the body. Bedsores can occur because a nursing home resident who is confined to a bed or wheelchair is not moved often enough. As part of their care, the resident should be repositioned regularly. When an elderly person has developed bedsores, it may be a sign of neglect.
  • Poor hygiene. Many elderly residents are dependent on others to help them wash and bathe and manage their personal care. Deteriorating mental and physical health means that an elderly resident may not care for themselves in all the ways that they need. If your loved one has poor hygiene including dirty clothes, unwashed hair, dental problems, odors, or other problems, it may be a sign of nursing home neglect.
  • Unattended medical problems. Caregivers are expected to remain alert for changes in a resident’s health and report any concerns promptly. If someone develops a medical complication or problem, caregivers should get them prompt medical care. When health issues are not reported to family or medical personnel in a timely manner, it may be an indication that caregivers are neglecting the elder’s needs.
  • Medication is not given as ordered by doctors. Many nursing home residents require daily medications and need help taking them at the proper intervals. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to make sure the medications are administered. Nursing staff are required to document each dose of medication after it is given. If a resident misses doses, or exhibits signs that they haven’t had their medication, caregivers may not be giving them the attention they need to.
  • Unsanitary and unsafe living areas. As people age, they may become less able to clean their surroundings. When an elderly person lives in unclean and unsafe living spaces, the odds of injury and infection increase. Caregivers should provide elders with tidy living spaces that support their well-being.
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, and other physical injuries. When injuries happen under questionable circumstances, it may be a sign of nursing home abuse. A nursing home staff member may not be properly trained in how to handle difficult patients and may resort to physical punishment. If an elderly person cannot explain how their injuries occurred or is afraid to talk about how their injuries occurred, they may be suffering abuse from their caregivers.
  • Sexual abuse. Nursing home residents depend upon nursing home staff and other caregivers for their health and safety. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to abuse. Sexual abuse causes serious harm and carries the risk of infection. If someone you know has unexpectedly contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in a nursing home or is anxious or upset around a caregiver, it may be a sign of sexual abuse.

There is no single event or problem that will point to elder abuse or neglect. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse, notify the nursing home management of your concerns. If the nursing home does not address your concerns, then speak with a knowledgeable attorney about the next steps to take.

In a nursing home neglect claim, a victim may seek compensation for:

Medical treatment

Neglect and abuse can leave a victim physically and mentally traumatized. A nursing home neglect claim can seek compensation for the medical treatment the victim needs as a result of the neglect or trauma he or she suffered. The expenses can include medication, surgery, rehabilitation, therapy, and any other treatment necessary to help the victim recover.

Punitive damages

When a nursing home resident suffers due to abuse or misconduct by a staff member, the victim may have a right to seek punitive damages. This compensation is meant to punish the wrongdoer and should send a clear message to others to not engage in that behavior. Punitive damages only apply is special situations. An attorney can review your case and let you know if punitive damages may be appropriate to seek.

Pain and suffering

A nursing home neglect claim can include compensation for the pain and suffering of a victim. When a victim is neglected, the quality of his or her life may be seriously reduced. The victim may also experience significant pain from the ordeal, both physically and mentally. These problems can have a negative impact on every aspect of a victim’s life.

If a loved one has suffered neglect in a nursing home, a nursing home neglect lawyer at Bubalo Law PLC can discuss the types of compensation that are appropriate for your situation.

Each state allows a certain amount of time to bring a nursing home neglect lawsuit. The time limits, known as statutes of limitations, are used by courts to prevent litigants from bringing old cases. The statutes of limitation vary from state to state.

In Kentucky, victims generally have one year from the discovery of an injury to bring a nursing home neglect or abuse lawsuit.

Give your lawyer the time necessary to conduct an investigation and build your case. If you suspect elder abuse is occurring, contact a lawyer as soon as you can.

Elder abuse is a serious problem that requires careful investigation. At Bubalo Law PLC, we have the experience and resources to investigate these complex cases and hold nursing homes accountable when they are negligent in their care for vulnerable residents. We are ready to aggressively represent elder abuse victims and their families, and to help you protect your loved one.

If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us for a free consultation about your case. Call us at 866-870-2489 or contact us online today.

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