If your loved one was abused or neglected in a Nevada nursing home and he or she was injured as a result, the entities who caused your loved one physical or emotional pain should be held accountable. Filing an injury lawsuit is an excellent way to ensure that the facility’s negligent or abusive actions don’t harm anyone else. You may be able to recover compensation to pay for your loved one’s medical bills and pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded as well. Let us help you take legal action against negligent nursing homes, administrators, and staff.
Legal Remedies for the Abuse of Elderly Nursing Home Residents
Sadly, nursing home abuse and neglect is a common occurrence in Nevada elder care facilities. Even when you perform research about available facilities, check abuse and neglect reports, and use care in selecting a nursing home for your loved one, his or her safety is not guaranteed. Our most vulnerable population is routinely subjected to severe neglect, physical trauma, and emotional scarring at the hands of their caregivers.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Between July 2017 and June 2018, there were 431 substantiated cases of elder abuse reported in Nevada and another 1,445 reports that were unsubstantiated. Another 371 Nevada elders were neglected, according to reports. Unfortunately, the numbers are likely substantially higher because a massive number of cases of elder abuse and neglect go unreported. In many cases, people are afraid to speak up when they are abused. In others, family members and friends simply don’t know the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Sometimes, elder abuse is easy to identify. In many cases, however, the signs aren’t so obvious. When victims are unable or unwilling to speak out about maltreatment in elder care facilities, it is up to loved ones like you to help keep them protected.
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How do you know if your loved is abused or neglected?
- Unexplained bruises, broken bones, or lacerations
- Broken eyeglasses or torn clothing
- Loved one exhibits fear, anger, depression, or other uncharacteristic personality changes
- Emotional withdrawal
- Bleeding from the anus or vagina
- STDs or genital infections
- Unkempt or disheveled appearance (body odor, soiled clothing)
- Sudden weight loss, bedsores, or other unexplained changes in physical appearance
Holding Responsible Parties Accountable for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Although elder abuse is most common in private homes where family members and in-home caregivers are the culprits, maltreatment in nursing home facilities is a growing problem, and one that is more common than we would like to believe. In a survey of 2,000 nursing home residents, approximately 44% said they had suffered some type of abuse while living in their facilities. Alarmingly, about 95% of those surveyed said they had been neglected by their caregivers.
When people are abused or neglected in Nevada nursing homes, the perpetrators, elder care facilities, administrators, and third parties can be held liable for damages.
Nursing Home Liability
When nursing home residents are injured, facilities can be held liable for negligent hiring and training practices, unsafe conditions, inadequate medical care and monitoring, over-sedation or illegal restraints, intentional harm by staff members, and neglect.
Third Party Liability
If defective products or equipment like lifts, walkers, or wheelchairs contribute to a resident’s injuries, the manufacturer can be held liable. When contracted maintenance crews fail to perform inspections, repairs, or maintenance to the equipment or facilities, they can be held accountable. Additionally, staffing agencies, transport companies, and the perpetrators themselves can be held liable for damages.