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You entrust a nursing home to provide the very best care for your loved one. It may be an aging parent, a grandparent, or even an aunt or uncle. These are the people who you grew up with, who may have raised you, and who certainly loved you very much. You want to make sure they have the care they need just as you did, and you spend a lot of time finding the right nursing home – and a lot of money keeping them there.
You would be devastated to learn that the people you entrusted were neglecting your loved one or actively abusing them. You find out that your beloved mother isn’t getting full meals at the scheduled times. Or you learn that your sweet grandmother isn’t getting regular baths. Maybe you find your aunt sleeping in soiled bedsheets.
These are just some of the scenarios that we’ve heard here at Marco Injury Law in Mesa, Arizona. When your loved one is being neglected in a nursing home, you need an experienced nursing home personal injury lawyer to fight on your behalf. Our attorneys help you get the justice you want for your loved one, as well as compensation for you and your loved one’s pain and suffering.
Detecting Neglect or Abuse in the Nursing Home
It may not be obvious right away that your loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse – especially if your loved one has a hard time communicating or has memory or other cognitive issues. You also want to believe that your loved one is getting the needed care, so you may overlook the subtler signs.
Here are a few signs that might indicate that your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse:
- Bed sores
- Bruises or scratches
- Soiled clothing
- Soiled bedding
- Dirty living area
- Signs of malnourishment, such as fatigue or frequent headache
- Bloody clothing or undergarments
- Bruising or bleeding on areas under clothing
- Missing money, check books, or personal objects
- Unexplained withdrawals or checks
You may also notice that your loved one seems withdrawn, despondent, or even nervous or frightened. If you notice any of these signs or anything else that seems odd, trust your instincts and investigate further.
You can work with a nursing home negligence lawyer from Marco Injury Law to uncover evidence or to pursue a claim against the nursing home.
Challenges of Litigating Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
Many nursing homes include a provision in their contracts that if you have a problem, you are not able to sue. Instead, you agree to resolve your legal issues through arbitration. This can limit your ability to get justice or to collect compensation.
With a strong petition filed by an experienced nursing home negligence lawyer, the court may refuse to honor this arbitration agreement. Or in cases where the nursing home resident or financial guarantor is not allowed to sue because of such an agreement, a loved one may sue for loss of companionship or emotional distress.
Your nursing home personal injury lawyer will help you explore all the available options. Nursing home law can be complicated, and the odds may seem stacked against you, but the right attorney can help you navigate it all to get the compensation you deserve.
Work with an experienced nursing home negligence lawyer in Mesa
The laws surrounding nursing home care and operation is too complex and the stakes regarding the care of vulnerable, elderly people are too high to trust your nursing home neglect case to just anyone. You need an experienced attorney who is dedicated to getting results. Daniel J. Marco is that attorney. Marco is a nursing home personal injury lawyer for Marco Injury Law in Mesa, Arizona, and he has been representing the rights of injured people for more than 30 years. He truly cares about his clients, and he works with them through every stage of the legal process, ensuring that they understand all their rights and options. Marco explores every legal outlet for getting his clients justice and maximizing the compensation they receive under the law. Call us in Mesa, Arizona today to schedule a free consultation.