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Nursing Home Abuse

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Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys In Nevada

Deciding to place a beloved family member in an assisted living center or nursing home is never easy. To ease their worries, families tend to spend months searching for a nursing home they believe will offer the highest quality of care for their loved ones. Researching different homes, touring facilities, reading reviews — all to ensure their loved one will be kept safe and sound. Then, all they can do is trust that the facility’s staff upholds their professional duty and adequately cares for their loved ones. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Occasionally, assisted living facilities fall short of their standard of care, with staff regularly committing neglect or even abusing their patients. Neglectful mistreatment and abuse from nursing home staff can result in seniors suffering emotional/psychological trauma, physical injuries, and even death.

If you suspect a loved one is being neglected or abused by staff in an assisted living facility, an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer from our Nevada law firm can help you hold the responsible party accountable. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation!

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What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines eldercare abuse as “…an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.”

When this kind of negligence occurs by a professional in an assisted living facility, it’s what’s referred to as “nursing home abuse.” Some common forms of abuse and neglect classified as “nursing home abuse” include the following.

  • Financial Abuse – sing a senior’s credit cards, forging their signature, or coercing them into giving up assets
  • Emotional Abuse – intimidation, bullying, verbal abuse
  • Physical Abuse – assault, failure to protect seniors
  • Sexual Abuse – sexual assault or harassment
  • Medical Neglect – failure to provide medicine, medical care, or treat conditions
  • Basic Needs Neglect – failure to provide food, water, and a safe environment
  • Hygiene Neglect – failure to assist a senior in maintaining basic hygiene practices

Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse

Seniors aren’t always willing or able to communicate the abuse or neglect they’ve undergone, meaning it’s often up to families to recognize their loved one’s abuse. Some common signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse to remain vigilant about include the following.

  • Unexplained Injuries/Bruises
  • Broken Property (Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, Etc.)
  • Restraint/Rope Marks
  • Bruises Around Wrists Or Waist
  • Decline In Personal Hygiene
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Withdrawal From Favorite Activities
  • Agitation
  • Unexplained Disappearances Of Money
  • Staff Members Dissuading Visitation
  • Torn/Stained Clothing
  • Phony Accounts Under The Patient’s Name

How Much Is My Nursing Home Abuse Case Worth?

If a loved one in a nursing home has suffered a physical or emotional injury, your family may be entitled to financial compensation. A few of the most common compensable damages for nursing home malpractice claims include the following.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Lost Income
  • Punitive Damages
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How Our Malpractice Lawyers Can Help

There are strict timelines for filing claims of nursing home abuse or negligence in the state of Nevada. For nursing home abuse claims, the filing must occur within two years of the date of the injury or when it should have reasonably been discovered. Failure to file in time can result in claimants being barred from seeking compensation. Worse yet, nursing homes tend to try and cover up cases of negligence and abuse, making it challenging to achieve a settlement. Fortunately, our attorneys have years of experience dealing with malpractice claims. Our nursing home abuse lawyers can help you file your claim in a timely fashion, gather evidence to prove the negligent party failed to meet the standard of care, and pursue maximum compensation for your damages. Contact Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP today to schedule a free consultation!

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