Phoenix Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
More and more individuals are forced to put their parents in nursing homes and managed care facilities to ensure they have the health care they need after they have entered their elderly years. Unfortunately, some of these facilities fail their patients and breach the trust put in them by the families - and nursing home cases are often brought by families seeking compensation for their loved one's unnecessary suffering. Here's what you need to know about nursing home cases:
Nursing home cases usually arise from some form of elder abuse or neglect. Sexual, physical, emotional, and financial abuse are all too common in nursing home facilities, and sadly, it is believed that at least 30 percent of these cases are never reported at all. While it can be hard to determine whether your relative is suffering abuse without knowing more about the circumstances, signs like bedsores, lacerations and bruises, and a remote or "flat" affect are good signs that something may be amiss.
What can you do if you suspect your loved one is being abused? Take swift action both with the facility and law enforcement. Document and photograph everything. Tell the facility's manager - in writing - about the abusive conditions and demand that they be stopped. Tell local police about the issue, and contact any applicable state or local social services dealing with elder care. Once you've done so, seriously consider hiring a personal injury attorney with experience in nursing home cases to help you seek compensation on your loved one's behalf for their injuries and suffering.
The right Phoenix personal injury attorney will understand the complex legal process and how to hold the facility liable for its lack of care or abuse. He or she will be able to investigate the nursing home and demand medical records for review, gather evidence in support of your claim, hire the right experts who understand the best ways to document what has occurred to prove the abuse at a later date, and support you in and out of court as you seek financial compensation for the abuse your loved one has suffered.
At Breyer Law Offices, we understand how angry and shocked you can be when you find out your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse. We encourage you to take action against anyone - and especially someone who has been entrusted with your loved ones - who abuse the elderly. Our offices have handled similar cases and understand what it takes to fight and win in court - and we offer a free case consultation with one of our lawyers if you contact us with questions, regardless of whether or not you have decided to pursue a case.