Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is a difficult and often times emotional decision. When you do so, you expect that your family member receives the best care possible from friendly, honest and experienced staff members. What happens, however, when this does not happen? The number of nursing home abuse cases is on the rise, and unfortunately, many cases go unreported. When a case of elder abuse does happen in Mesa or the Greater Phoenix area, it is important to contact a nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible.
The first step to take when learning about any type of abuse or professional negligence that has occurred at your loved one’s nursing home is to remove them from that environment as soon as possible and transport them to a safe location. Once they are secure and in a safe environment, the second step is to call the nursing home attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC in Mesa.
What is considered nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse cases cover a wide range of circumstances, including emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse. Some of the signs to look for with physical elder abuse are lacerations, bruises, broken bones, dehydration and malnutrition, bed sores, and other marks.
What can I do if I find signs of abuse?
Should the elder abuse be physical, you will need to document the marks with photographs and videos to use as evidence. Write a note to the management team at the facility and keep a copy of the correspondence for your records. The last step to take is to find an elder law attorney to represent your case.
Individuals oftentimes experience feelings of helplessness and intimidation when finding out that their elderly loved one has been abused in their nursing home. When you choose Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC to represent you as your nursing home abuse attorney in Mesa and Phoenix, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to get justice for your family member’s suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation about your elder abuse case.