Realizing an elderly loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of nursing home staff is devastating. Once you remove your loved one from the facility, contact a Creve Coeur nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss filing a legal claim.
Taking legal action against the assisted living facility could allow you to expose the facility’s staff as negligent or abusive, and potentially receive a variety of damages that could compensate your family for the harm your loved one experienced. Do not hesitate to seek guidance from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Nursing home and other assisted living facility residents have the right to receive quality care, have a say in their care, manage their finances, and resident in an environment without the threat of mistreatment. Abuse within these facilities comes in many forms, including:
The state defines nursing home abuses in the 7 Missouri Revised Statutes §192. 2400. Financial exploitation definitions can be found in MO Rev Stat § 570.145. Experienced attorneys in the area use these statutes to determine liability in assisted living and nursing home mistreatment cases.
Missouri laws protect elderly citizens from abuse, such as by offering hotlines and other options for reporting nursing home staff members who inflict physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual harm upon residents. However, family members of nursing home residents should be aware of the numerous signs and symptoms of abuse.
Resident abuse often results in personality changes, including depression, disinterest in activities they once enjoyed, anti-social behavior, and unexplained mood changes or behavior. Fearfulness is another common sign of nursing home mistreatment. Residents might seem scared or nervous around certain staff members or other residents, indicating abuse.
Physical signs that signal ill treatment include unexplained bruises and cuts, burns, malnutrition and dehydration, bedsores, infected wounds, poor personal hygiene, vaginal bleeding, genitalia bruising, genital infections, and sexually-transmitted diseases. Elderly residents in abusive nursing homes can also have bruises and cuts from rope or belt restraints. Head injuries or spinal cord damage from slip and falls can occur as well. Worst case scenario, a resident could pass away from their injuries.
If the abuse has to do with the loved one’s finances, family members and attorneys might notice unexplained monetary, stock, and investment losses, sudden changes to wills and trusts, possession theft, and forged signatures on financial documents. Families should remove their loved one from a nursing home as soon as they suspect abuse, and contact a local attorney.
Elder abuse cases can result in economic damages pertaining to medical expenses that cover hospitalization bills, counseling or therapy, medication costs, physical therapy, and doctor’s office visits. Compensation can also include other economic damages such as lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Punitive damages, aim to penalize defendants who acted in grossly negligent or terrible manners. Due to the egregiousness of nursing home abuse, these damages might also apply to an elderly resident abuse case. Local attorneys could determine what damages could be available in an elder abuse case during a case consultation.
Nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are required to meet a high standard of care for their elderly patients to ensure all their needs are met. When a facility violates this duty, the resulting harm could be devastating. If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in an assisted living facility, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
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