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Nursing Home Negligence

Have you or a loved one been injured at a nursing home facility? If so, you’re not alone. Sadly, nursing home negligence and abuse is very common.

At Ladenburg Law, we’re ready to help you seek justice. We’ve helped clients in Tacoma, Lakewood, South Hill, Olympia, and Federal Way receive meaningful settlements for nursing home abuse and neglect.

What kinds of injuries happen at nursing homes?

Unfortunately, nursing home injuries happen way too often. While most of these injuries are the result of negligence, others are intentional acts of abuse.

Here are some of the injuries we’ve seen in the course of our work.

  • Bedsores. A tell-tale sign of neglect, bedsores happen when patients aren’t rotated on a regular basis. Bedsores can cause serious infection or even death.
  • Falls. Improper railings, slippery floors, and problems with medication can all lead to falls. For an elderly patient, a fall can be a serious event resulting in broken bones and limited mobility.
  • Malnutrition. This happens when a patient does not receive adequate water or food, or the right types of foods. Malnutrition can impact a patient’s strength, skin, eyes, and even cognition.
  • Medication errors. Sometimes, staff will over-medicate patients in order to sedate them. Other times, under-staffing and communication errors lead to medication mistakes.
  • Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Among the worst injuries inflicted on the elderly are intentional acts of abuse.

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many ways that patients can be harmed while in the care of a nursing facility.

Why are nursing home injuries so common? 

Understaffing is one of the biggest issues nursing facilities face. In fact, one study revealed that 9 out of 10 nursing homes in the United States lack adequate staffing. On top of that, turnover is high, making it hard to retain quality nurses.

Many of the injuries our clients suffer, such as bedsores and malnutrition, are the result of lack of personal care.

When staff are overworked, they may become stressed. This can result in shortcuts and mistakes. Or worse, some staff may take their frustrations out on innocent residents.

Certain populations are also at increased risk of elder abuse, including:

  • Patients with dementia
  • Patients with disabilities
  • Women
  • Minorities
  • Lower income patients

While this may offer an explanation, it does not offer an excuse. If you or a loved one has been hurt at a nursing care facility, you have the right to seek justice.

What should I do if I suspect my loved one is being abused at a nursing home? 

If you suspect your loved one is being abused at a nursing home, you need to act. It’s not uncommon for an elderly resident to hesitate to speak up about what’s happening to them.

Here are some steps we recommend you take:

  • If you’re able, visit more often and involve yourself with their care.
  • Speak up to nursing care administrators and care staff.
  • Document what you’re seeing and interactions with staff. Take photographs.
  • Consider moving your loved one to another care facility.
  • For the State of Washington, report suspected abuse to DSHS by calling 1-800-END-HARM (562-6078).

We also recommend you involve a skilled nursing home negligence lawyer as soon as you suspect abuse. At Ladenburg Law, we have extensive experience helping victims of nursing home abuse. We can offer legal advice and options specific to your case.

Do I have a valid nursing home negligence claim? 

Every case is unique, which is why we want to offer you a free, no obligation consultation about what happened. After our meeting, we’ll be able to best determine and explain your legal options.

Here are some of the questions we’ll ask:

  • Tell us about the type and severity of injuries your loved one has sustained.
  • What has the impact (physical, emotional, financial) of the injuries been?
  • Was this a one-time event, or has there been a pattern?
  • Has your loved one been able to communicate what’s happened? Are they able to speak with us?
  • Has your loved one been able to seek medical care for their injuries outside the care facility?
  • How long has your loved one resided at the facility? What was their health like prior to moving in?
  • Share your observations about the staff, and the care your loved one has received.

To schedule your consultation, please call us at 253.272.5226. We’re happy to meet you at your home or the nursing care facility, if you’d prefer.

Why should I have a nursing home negligence attorney assist with my case? 

It’s difficult and complex to bring a case against a nursing home. The nursing home will have legal representation. You should, too.

Here are some of the tasks we perform for our clients:

  • Gather evidence. We know how to dig into inspection records, video surveillance, medical reports, and more. Our attorneys are thorough and know what kind of evidence matters most to build your case.
  • Contact experts. We locate witnesses and experts ready and willing to testify on your behalf.
  • Prepare for trial. While we are often able to settle outside of court, we prepare to take every case to trial.
  • Personalized service. At Ladenburg Law, we’re with you every step of the way. We recognize that this is a difficult time in your family’s life and are ready to accommodate you however we can.

While we can’t undo the pain you or your loved one experienced, our hope is to bring justice to your situation.

Call us today for a free consultation 

There is never a fee to call to speak with one of our attorneys about your case. The first step is to call us at 253.272.5226 and schedule a free consultation about your case. If you’re unable to come to the office, just ask. We’ll be happy to visit you at your home or hospital.

At Ladenburg Law, we work on a contingency basis. That means that you’ll only pay us if we’re able to win you a settlement. We’ll cover all costs associated with your case upfront. You risk nothing by reaching out and calling us today.

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