Puyallup Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Our elderly loved ones deserve to feel safe, secure, and cared for at their nursing home facility. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a resident to suffer abuse or neglect. Do you have reason to think this has happened to someone you love? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Puyallup nursing home abuse lawyer for legal assistance.

We can investigate what’s happened and let you know if we feel you can take action such as filing a lawsuit against the nursing home. At Ladenburg Law, we do not charge upfront for our services. You’ll only pay a fee if we’re able to win a settlement.

How to Prevent Elder Abuse

Even though elder abuse is prevalent in Washington State and across the country, there are a few things you can do to help lower your loved one’s chance of becoming a victim. These efforts may also halt further abuse from happening.

  • Frequent visits. The single most important step you can take to preventing abuse is showing up to visit your loved one often. Studies show that nursing home residents with strong family support are less likely to become victims.
  • Varied visits. In addition to visiting frequently, make sure to change up the days of the week and times you visit. This allows you the opportunity to get to know and observe different staff members.
  • Befriend staff members. Get to know the staff that cares for your loved one on a first-name basis. Ask about schedules, routines, and standards.
  • Watch for changes. No one knows your loved one as well as you do. That means you’re in the best position to notice when something feels “off.” Look for sudden, unexplained bruises, changes in mood, weight, sleep disturbances, or hygiene concerns. Educate yourself on the difference between signs of abuse and signs of aging.

The CDC has some additional helpful information on how you can prevent elder abuse, and the steps to take if you feel it’s happening to someone you know.

Nursing Home Resident Rights

You might be wondering if your loved one has grounds to sue their nursing home or long-term care facility. After all, your family signed all that paperwork during the registration process. The good news is that under Washington State law, residents cannot sign away their rights when it comes to personal losses of property or injury (see RCW 70.129.105).

So, how do you know if you have a case? As with most personal injury cases, you’d need to be able to prove the following:

  • That the nursing home owed your loved one a duty of care.
  • There was a breach in this duty, through wanton negligence or malicious abuse.
  • Your loved one was injured because of negligence or abuse.
  • The injuries resulted in damages, such as medical expenses, pain, and suffering.

Every situation is different. As a result, it’s important that you reach out to a skilled lawyer who can carefully evaluate what happened.

Rely on Our Team for Help

Bringing a case against a nursing home is complicated and time consuming. You can be assured that the nursing home will make sure to secure aggressive legal representation to defend their rights. Make sure you come to the table with legal representation, too.

At Ladenburg Law, we only accept personal injury cases. With decades of combined experience, we deeply understand this area of the law. In the event we’re unable to negotiate a fair settlement, we’ll be prepared to file a lawsuit and argue your case before a jury or judge.

Why not focus on your family and entrust the legal stress to our team? If you still need more convincing, be sure to see what other satisfied clients have to say about working with us.

We Offer Free Case Reviews

The first step is to ask a Puyallup nursing home abuse lawyer from our team for a free case review. There’s no obligation and we hold all conversations in strict confidence. As a reminder, you owe us nothing if we’re not able to win you compensation. We look forward to answering all your questions when you call us today.

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