The tragic fact is that elder abuse can take many forms. It’s not always easy to recognize the signs. Most nursing home abuse cases  involve harm of the following nature:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional
  • Verbal

A variety of harms that befall residents of a long-term care facility indicate nursing home abuse. Be on the lookout for unexplained injuries, malnourishment, social withdrawal or other signs that your loved one may be in danger.

It’s vitally important to communicate with elderly loved ones. Checking in is one of the best ways to keep tabs on their wellness and their experience at the care facility. For all sorts of reasons, older adults are sometimes hesitant to discuss or report abuse. Embarrassment or shame are a couple of reasons. As their family members, it’s our duty to create a space for our parents and grandparents to discuss these issues with us.

What is nursing home neglect?

Sometimes the harm isn’t physical. Nursing home neglect refers to substandard care or the withholding of care:

  • Abandonment
  • Failure to provide medication
  • Failure to provide basic hygiene
  • Unaddressed injuries or medical conditions
  • Allowing the resident to wander
  • Failure to provide necessary assistance

Neglect poses the risk of emotional injury and physical decline.

How do I know if I have a case?

Consulting our attorneys is the only way to know if you have a case. We have the experience and resources to review what took place at the care facility, as well as what services were not rendered, in order to determine if the facility is accountable for abuse or neglect resulting in your loved one’s injury.

There may be an individual staff member responsible for the abuse or neglect. In other scenarios, the corporation or business is responsible for understaffing, inadequate training or other negligence that led to the abuse or neglect.

For a complimentary case review with our experienced attorneys in Seattle and Tacoma, please call Buckley & Associates at 206-622-1100. Our paralegals are available anytime to take your call. Our multi-lingual team of staff serves diverse populations across the region. Our law firm has been advocating for families like yours since 1983.

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