Phoenix Nursing Home Abuse Victim Lawyer
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
There are few decisions as difficult to make as placing your loved one in a Phoenix nursing home or assisted living facility. These facilities not only provide food and shelter, but also day-to-day medical care, and observation for the most vulnerable sections of our society: the sick and elderly. We trust these facilities and their workers to take care of our loved ones as well as we would. Sadly, this is not always the case.
There are some Phoenix nursing homes that foster an environment that is ripe for abuse and neglect. Understaffed nursing homes and facilities that hire unqualified or inexperienced staffs are at risk of incidents where residents are abused or neglected.
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility, please contact the experienced Phoenix nursing home abuse lawyers at the Breyer Law Offices P.C.
Call (602) 267-1280 to find out The Husband and Wife Law Team can help.
Choosing the Right Facility in Phoenix
When choosing a facility, it's important to read reviews and actually visit the facility to meet the staff. It can also help to read online evaluations. In Arizona, there are many facilities from which we can choose. The non-profit group Families for Better Care analyzes and compares nursing home quality. In their most recent assessment of nursing homes nationwide, Arizona climbed 13 spots to become the eighth best state for nursing home care. Despite this progress, nearly one in four nursing homes in Arizona in the year 2014 still had a severe deficiency.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can happen at even the nicest Phoenix nursing homes. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, between 7.6 and 10 percent of study participants experienced abuse. To make matters worse, The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that for every case of elder abuse reported, there are 24 unknown cases. Examples of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical abuse: Under no circumstances is it acceptable to hit, push, kick, bite, slap or manhandle an elderly resident of a nursing home. If you see signs of abuse such as bruises, cuts, burns or broken bones not listed on a patient's medical records, you should notify the authorities right away.
- Neglect: It's the responsibility of all nursing homes to carefully monitor their residents. Neglecting a resident medically, emotionally, and physically is unacceptable.
- Financial abuse: It's fairly common to see vulnerable nursing home residents being taken advantage of by unscrupulous employees. Keep a close eye on your loved one's finances and belongings.
Protecting Your Loved Ones
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in a Phoenix nursing home or assisted living facility, please don't hesitate to contact the authorities, file a complaint, and start gathering evidence of wrongdoing. Those responsible should be held accountable.
Your actions could prevent future incidents involving other nursing home residents. Our Phoenix accident attorneys can review your case and help you hold the at-fault facility accountable for their negligence and wrongdoing.
Call The Husband and Wife Law Team at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation.