Gig Harbor Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected while at a nursing home, you’re not alone. Statistics from the CDC show that hundreds of thousands of Americans are victims of elder abuse every year. Here in Washington State, elder abuse is on the rise. We urge you to reach out to a Gig Harbor nursing home abuse lawyer about what’s happened.

It’s free to meet with an experienced attorney for an initial case evaluation and hear of your legal rights. Nursing home abuse victims may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain, and suffering.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Our elderly loved ones may not always be able to communicate when abuse is occurring. It’s up to friends and family to watch for red flags that something may be wrong.

Here are a few signs to watch for:

  • Unexplained scratches, scrapes, or bruises
  • Changes in appearance (unkempt, unclean)
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Mood changes
  • Bedsores
  • Sleeping disturbances

If you suspect a loved one is in danger, it’s important that you intervene right away. Alert the nursing home director, involve authorities, or call 911 if the situation is life threatening.

Washington State Nursing Home Laws

When it comes to nursing home abuse, Washington State law protects residents (RCW 70.129.105). Nursing homes are obliged to make all efforts to keep residents safe from personal injury and property loss. Washington State residents can file a claim against a nursing home when it fails this duty.

However, just because a resident has been injured or abused in a nursing home doesn’t mean that the process for filing a claim is easy or straightforward.

Our personal injury attorneys understand this area of the law and know how to fight for a fair settlement. We encourage you to speak with us before making any major legal decisions involving your situation.

Proving Liability in a Nursing Home Abuse Case

To make a claim, the victim (or their advocate) needs to demonstrate that their injuries were caused by abuse or neglect that occurred at the nursing home.

Possible evidence could include:

  • Photographs of bruises, scars, bedsores, or other injuries
  • Medical records or testimony
  • Witness statements
  • Evidence of other mistreatment occurring at facility
  • Video footage of abuse, such as a security camera or cell phone video
  • Notes from the victim
  • Observations from family members, other residents, or staff

A nursing home abuse lawyer can gather critical evidence needed to prove liability in a case.

Speak with a Gig Harbor Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

The first step in the process is to call a Gig Harbor nursing home abuse lawyer. We always offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. Besides this, you’ll only pay us if we’re able to win a settlement should we choose to work together. Unable to make it to the office? Let us know. One of our attorneys will meet with you at your home or other preferred location.

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