Washington, DC, Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Do you suspect that your parent or a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse? Are you uncertain about where to turn for guidance? Michael A. Abelson at The Abelson Law Firm knows how challenging it can be for a concerned person family member or friend to prove nursing home abuse. We have the knowledge and experience required to help ensure your loved one receives the care and compensation to which they are entitled.
Serving the Washington, D.C., area, we have the resources and knowledge to handle claims of nursing home abuse. Our track record of success aiding nursing home abuse victims demonstrates our dedication to protecting the well-being of senior citizens. Call The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., at (202) 331-0600 for a free consultation.
A Track Record of Representing Nursing Home Abuse Victims
At The Abelson Law Firm, our mission is to help vulnerable nursing home residents who have been victims of abuse receive the compensation and medical care they deserve. As a testament to our fierce commitment to serving the well-being of our clients, many cases are evaluated by Dr. Michael Cohen, who can review medical records and offer opinions based on years of experience about the nature and extent of suspected abuse. We have also at times enlisted the guidance of other experts across the country to lend support to proving that nursing home abuse has occurred.
What Are Examples of the Injuries Sustained by Nursing Home Residents?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are two primary types of injuries sustained during nursing home abuse: physical and psychological. The CDC lists welts, wounds, bruises, and broken bones as common physical injuries while pointing to depression, learned helplessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder as common psychological issues. Other signs of nursing home abuse include sleep disturbances and exacerbation of pre-existing health conditions.
Who Could Be Liable in a Nursing Home Abuse Case?
Nursing home residents come into contact with many caregivers throughout the course of each day, making it challenging to identify exactly who could be held liable in a nursing home case. In some cases, the nursing home itself could be held liable for injuries sustained as the result of abuse or neglect. Strict “duty of care” standards require nursing homes to ensure that residents receive proper medical care and nutritious meals every day.
In our experience, liability for nursing home abuse commonly falls on:
- Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers who fail to provide appropriate attention or care to residents, or engage in intentionally wrongful conduct toward residents
- Manufacturers of defective beds, monitors, and other defective equipment that causes injury to residents under normal use conditions
- Nursing home owners and operators who fail to maintain safe and adequate facilities, or fail to train and monitor nursing home staff
What Types of Damages Can Nursing Home Abuse Victims Recover?
Experiencing neglect or abuse in a nursing home is a traumatic experience for senior citizens. Because the health of many nursing home residents is already compromised, the recovery process can take weeks or months. Some abuse victims may not ever experience a complete recovery. Others may tragically die as a result of the mistreatment they suffered.
Nursing home abuse victims could be entitled to damages for the following:
- Compensation for permanent or partial disabilities sustained as a result of the abuse
- Medical bills for healthcare treatment for trips, falls, and other injuries sustained due to staff negligence
- Costs associated with relocating residents to safer facilities
- Pain and emotional suffering
- Fees paid to mental health counselors who provide treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress conditions
- Compensation awarded to the estate of nursing home residents who die as a result of abuse or negligence by staff.
What Are Some Tactics Responsible Parties Use to Avoid Payment?
The parties potentially liable for causing or allowing nursing home abuse and neglect may try to employ malicious or threatening tactics in an effort to avoid liability. One of the most common practices is for nursing home representatives to claim that injury was inevitable due to the resident’s pre-existing fragility or medical conditions. These parties rely on vulnerable residents not being willing or able to speak up for themselves. Other common tactics to avoid payment include the following:
- Trying to convince abused nursing home residents to sign a release absolving them of liability
- Dismissing concerns voiced by family members as exaggerated or unsubstantiated
- Attempting to coax victims and their families into accepting a settlement that is much lower than what they deserve
- Using scare tactics to frighten nursing home residents into staying quiet about abuse or neglect
Because of the potential danger of tactics like this to your vulnerable loved one, it can be important to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney right away if you suspect abuse is occurring. A knowledgeable lawyer can help guide you through the process of ensuring your loved one is safe, investigating suspected abuse, and pursuing justice and compensation through appropriate channels and to appropriate authorities.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?
At The Abelson Law Firm, we understand the stress and uncertainty nursing home abuse victims and their families often feel. To help ease that stress, we offer free consultations for victims and their families to help evaluate their legal options. In appropriate cases, we may also agree to represent a client on a “contingent fee” basis in which the client pays little or nothing up front and our fees are paid only out of a final settlement or judgment.
What Should You Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
Most importantly, you should take steps to ensure that your loved one is safe and well-cared for. Then, it can be helpful to contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer right away, to ensure that your loved one’s legal rights are protected.
If you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact The Abelson Law Firm online or at (202) 331-0600 for a free consultation.