Denver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Denver nuring home abuse lawyerIn the Denver area and across Colorado, thousands rely on nursing homes, assisted living and independent living facilities to care for their beloved elderly relatives. In fact, the founding partner of Norton and Bowers, P.C., Dallas Norton, understands your concerns as he has a mother who has recently been in one of these facilities.

Unfortunately, many eventually regret the decision to put a parent or grandparent into a nursing home or independent or assisted living facility. Sometimes, precious elderly family members can wind up as victims of mistreatment or even outright abuse in a nursing home, independent living facility or in an assisted living facility. A study published recently in the New England Journal Of Medicine finds that elder abuse is common–in fact, as many as 10% of older people may be subjected to nursing neglect or abuse. What’s worse is that the researchers and abuse attorneys believe that the 10% figure is probably just the tip of the iceberg, because many cases of elder corruption are not reported to the authorities.

Elderly abuse is not an accident. Often mistreatment is in the form of simply ignoring the elderly or their needs. If you believe your beloved family member may be suffering elder abuse in a nursing home, independent living community or assisted living facility, speak immediately with an experienced Denver nursing home abuse lawyer at the Denver law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. Our law firm helps families through this emotionally challenging situation. The first step is determining liability, and then seeking justice to hold the at-fault parties accountable for their negligence.

 WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ABUSE?

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, more than a third of the nursing homes in the United States have been cited at least once for mistreating residents in their care. Of course, nursing homes, independent living and assisted living facilities are businesses with the right to earn profits, but they can never allow profits to be placed above the well-being and safety of their residents.

Elderly residents of a nursing home are extremely vulnerable to all types of abuse. Typically, Denver nursing home corruption lawyer come across cases in which residents have been subjected to physical abuse. That includes beating, hitting, kicking, and forcible restraint. If you see bruises, explained wounds, or signs of restraint on your loved one’s wrists, you have reason to suspect physical abuse.

Apart from physical abuse, an elderly person may be insulted, screamed at, taunted and subject to all types of psychological abuse. Staff members may yell at the person, or make threats to the person. The elderly person maybe humiliated or made to feel ashamed of himself. Other forms of psychological corruption can be ignoring the person, or even frightening or intimidating them.

Most nursing home abuse claims can also be linked to neglect. Neglect occurs when the personnel of the nursing home fail to provide the kind of care and attention that the elderly resident needs. For example, failure to change clothes every day, failure to maintain a clean and sanitary environment for the resident, failure to change bedcovers, failure to turn the person over often enough to prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores-all of these may be signs of neglect. If you see signs that your loved one is living in unsanitary or unclean conditions, or has bedsores, or is generally not being well looked after, then you need to look into shifting your loved one from that facility.

Remember that it isn’t unheard of for elderly residents of nursing homes to be subjected to sexual abuse. The sexual abuse does not have to involve penetrative sex. Sexual corruption can occur even if the person is touched through his or her clothes, made to watch pornographic videos, or witness sex acts.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, independent living or assisted living facility in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado, look for these signs of abuse: bed sores, bruises, cuts, ulcers, attitude changes like withdrawal or depression, thirst, hunger, coma, an unexpected medical emergency or even an unexpected death. Worn-out, low-paid staffers at nursing homes have sometimes vented their frustrations on residents; other employees, more deceptively, have robbed or financially exploited nursing home residents, which is a form of financial abuse.

HOW CAN YOU REPORT ABUSE?

If you know that your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, you must take action and report this abuse on behalf of the injured. You can file a report in a number of ways, including:

  • You can file a complaint with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Denver.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Division of Aging and Adult Services at the Office on Aging.
  • Get in touch with the Colorado Department of Health And Environment, and Health Facilities Division

Filing a complaint may result in investigations against the nursing home in question. If state agencies conduct a review and find that state laws or federal laws have been violated, criminal investigations could actually commence. The responsible facility could even be cited or fined.

However, none of these will result in compensation for your loved one’s losses as a result of the neglect or abuse. For that, it is important to file a civil claim against the nursing home. That claim is separate from any report that you may file against the nursing home.

For help filing a claim to recover damages for nursing home corruption in Denver, speak to a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer. A claim will name the nursing home, and will recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental trauma, and other types of damages. Remember that your loved one may also be in need of further hospitalization, for example to treat dehydration, or psychological treatment to deal with emotional issues after suffering the abuse.

ACT AT ONCE – AND WE CAN HELP

If you notice any sign of nursing abuse or neglect, or if you believe your beloved family member is a victim of mistreatment or indifference by a nursing home’s staff, act at once and speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will fight for your family’s rights. Norton and Bowers, P.C. has years of experience handling nursing home abuse claims, and knows just how serious these cases are–sometimes abuse can even lead to the loss of a loved one’s life. Contact our team today to learn more about our services.

We serve clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is no fee unless and until we recover for you or your loved one. If you believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse in Colorado, please call us now at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on our website to arrange a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer about your case. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available. Let Norton and Bowers, P.C. go to work for you as quickly as possible. Don’t waste any more time getting the legal resources you need–make the call today.

 

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