Nursing homes owe a duty of care to the elderly patients who reside in their facilities. When that care is substandard or patients are subjected to abuse, the consequences can be devastating. Many of these senior residents suffer from ailments that prevent them from speaking out or have no family members to advocate for their welfare. Blumenthal Law Offices LLC represents victims of nursing home abuse or neglect in the Denver area and throughout Colorado in civil actions. We hold nursing home staff and facilities accountable when they mistreat the vulnerable seniors in their care. If an elderly loved one has been subjected to mistreatment, we will seek the compensation and justice they deserve for injuries suffered at the hands of negligent or malevolent nursing home staff.
Elderly residents of nursing homes are at the mercy of those responsible for their care. Abuse and neglect in these facilities, unfortunately, happen all too often, for a variety of reasons: nursing home staff may be poorly trained and often poorly paid; they may not be thoroughly vetted before being hired; and the facilities may be understaffed, compromising patient care.
There are warning signs that family members need to look for when they suspect that an elderly loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home:
Bedsores, which show the patient has not been moved frequently enough
Bruising or bleeding
Wounds or cuts left untreated
Soiling and poor hygiene
Unexplained weight loss
Burns and abrasions
Ligature marks on wrists or ankles that could be signs of improper restraint
While the signs of physical abuse and neglect are more obvious, the signs of emotional abuse may not be as evident but are just as significant. Nursing home residents who suffer emotional abuse may become withdrawn, depressed, listless, and unresponsive. If your loved one shows any of these signs, it’s important to act immediately. We will investigate the facility, document injuries, consult with medical experts, and work to hold the responsible parties accountable.
The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA) established a minimum standard of care for all patients receiving care in nursing home facilities. Prior to the passage of this landmark legislation, nursing facilities were largely unregulated. Even with these regulations, abuse and neglect continue. NHRA states that each resident should enjoy these basic rights while living in a nursing home facility:
Communication with people inside and outside the facility
Access to services
Freedom from physical abuse and neglect
Protection from misappropriation of property
Accommodation of medical, physical, psychological, and social needs
Freedom to file a complaint if rights are violated
If any of these patients’ rights have been violated, we can take legal action. We will demand compensation for the victim’s injuries, their movement to a safe place, punishment of individuals who are engaging in abuse, and the immediate remedy of violations at the nursing home facility.
If you or a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, it is vital that you report it. One incident of abuse usually represents a pattern of abusive behavior. If one patient is being victimized, most likely others are too. By exposing abuse, you can help other vulnerable patients while protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Blumenthal Law Offices LLC represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Colorado by holding staff and facilities accountable for mistreatment that injures our clients. We will seek justice on your behalf. Call or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. Our office is in Denver.