When you place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, you expect them to receive professional, ethical care. It can be both shocking and traumatic to discover that your loved one has suffered abuse and neglect, potentially leading to malnutrition, infection, bedsores, falls, and other kinds of physical harm, not to mention mental and emotional distress. Abuse and neglect can even lead to death.
The last thing you want is for someone you love to experience pain and suffering at the hands of the very people tasked with caring for them. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are not uncommon, and it doesn’t only happen to elderly people. Unfortunately, we see cases of neglect and abuse of people in care facilities who are in much earlier stages of life but need assistance. No matter your loved one’s age, we stand ready to fight for your family.
As of 2016, the U.S. had over 15,000 nursing homes with an estimated 1.3 million residents, with nearly 70% being for-profit institutions, according to the CDC. This doesn’t include senior living or residential care communities or other similar facilities. The World Health Organization reports that of all people age 60 and over living in community settings, about 1 in 6 will suffer some form of abuse each year.
Even so, only 1 in 24 cases are reported. Because data from hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities is scant, instances of abuse could be much higher. If you suspect or discover that your elderly loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility, you need to take action.
The legal professionals at The Ruth Law Team are knowledgeable and experienced elder abuse lawyers who are passionate about helping you to seek justice and compensation for your elderly or disabled loved one. We’ll work hard to try to secure a settlement that covers your costs and ensures the compassionate care your loved one deserves.
We’ve gone up against corporate-owned nursing home facilities and their extensive resources many times. You cannot fight them alone. With The Ruth Law Team by your side, you have the best chance of negotiating a fair settlement to compensate for the pain and suffering your loved one endured.
When you need qualified and caring elder abuse or nursing home bed sores lawyers, call The Ruth Law Team at 727-327-3222 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Learn more about how we can help you and your elderly loved one by reaching out today.
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Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Elder abuse and neglect could take many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as serious neglect. It might entail screaming or verbal degradation, as well as hitting, kicking, or pushing. It could involve leaving patients unattended to the point where they’re in danger.
Signs of abuse and neglect may include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Significant weight loss
- New or worsening infection
- Unexplained STDs
- Poor personal hygiene or filthy bedsheets
- Suicidal thoughts
- New or increased confusion
- and more
In extreme cases, elder abuse and neglect could even lead to the death of a loved one. When your elderly loved one suffers this type of treatment, you need experienced nursing home neglect lawyers to help you fight for maximum compensation for your family.
It’s not easy to understand how someone could abuse and neglect the patients in their care, but there are a number of reasons why such occurrences are common.
In some cases, it has to do with the fact that nursing homes are often for-profit facilities looking to minimize costs and maximize profit. Many states also have surprisingly low standards for care in such facilities. They may not adequately enforce these standards. The result can be a system that lends itself to abuse and negligence, due to issues like:
- Untrained or inexperienced workers
- Underpaid workers
- Mismanagement of staff and facilities
- Lack of caregiver oversight and accountability
- Rogue caregivers (those who are lazy, disgruntled, or simply predators)
As premier elder abuse attorneys, The Ruth Law Team is committed to discovering how abuse and/or neglect occurred so we can prove a pattern of harm and try to get compensation for you and your elderly loved one.
What Happens Next?
Discovering that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect can be overwhelming. Whether you’re working to find new and better accommodations for a senior or family member with a disability or you’re dealing with funeral arrangements, you might not have the time and energy to think about finding a qualified attorney to help you fight for justice, especially if you’ve never worked with a law firm before.
When you partner with The Ruth Law Team, you won’t have to worry about anything. We provide the comprehensive legal services you need. We’ll help to deal with medical facilities and insurance providers so that you can focus on important family matters. Our simple, 3-step process is designed to reduce stress and give you peace of mind.
Whether your loved one suffers a fall, bedsores, infections, malnutrition, or other symptoms of abuse and neglect, the first step toward building a case is to collect documentation. This may include things like medical records and worker logs, as well as witness statements for anyone who may have observed the ill treatment your loved one suffered. We may also need to obtain the insurance policy for the facility in question.
Once we have documentation to support claims of abuse or neglect, the next step is to conduct a thorough investigation. This might include questioning medical and management staff at the facility, seeking further evidence, and contacting expert witnesses to attest to the fact that treatment failed to meet reasonable standards for care.
Building a strong case puts our team in a good position to negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. Our talented team always seeks the best possible outcome, even if we have to go to court to get it.
As your nursing home neglect attorneys, The Ruth Law Team will use our considerable skill, experience, and resources to build a strong case for you and your elderly loved one. You don’t have to fight corporate-owned nursing home facilities alone. Work with us, and we’ll do our best to get the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney
There’s no real way to describe the anger, sadness, frustration, or feelings of guilt that can overwhelm you when an elderly loved one suffers from nursing home abuse or neglect. Fighting medical facilities, corporate conglomerates, and/or insurance providers can be incredibly intimidating, even when you know you’re in the right.
The knowledgeable and experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at The Ruth Law Team are ready to fight for you. We know you have a lot on your plate. Trust us to do what we do best. We’ll build a strong case and utilize our considerable resources to try to get the settlement that you and your family deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nursing Home and Assisted Living Abuse
When your loved one suffers from nursing home abuse, you’re going to need help from The Ruth Law Team to face the responsible parties and fight for justice. We understand that you may have questions and concerns about the process. We’re here to address them 24/7, starting with a few that we encounter most often.
If your loved one has been injured in a facility, yes. Most nursing homes and other care facilities owned by corporations will do all they can to stop you from proving abuse and neglect so that they can avoid paying compensation. They’ll use their extensive resources, teams of lawyers, and insurance providers to delay and deny your claims until you give up. You need experienced attorneys like the professionals at The Ruth Law Team. We know their tactics and have successfully recovered damages in cases like yours before.
You don’t have to worry about whether you can afford our comprehensive legal services. At The Ruth Law Team, we know you have a lot to deal with, and we go out of our way to make your life easier, starting with working on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing out of pocket. We don’t get paid until and unless we secure a settlement on your behalf. In other words, if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
There are two things you should do if you suspect your elderly loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect. First, contact the authorities to report the abuse and consider whether you need to remove your senior family member from the facility.
Second, contact the qualified attorneys at The Ruth Law Team. An experienced elder abuse and nursing home falls lawyer can help you to determine whether you have a case, as well as which steps to take. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start building your case and seeking compensation.
It’s hard to tell whether a case will go to trial or not. At The Ruth Law Team, we always try to build a case that’s strong enough that we can negotiate a fast and fair settlement out of court. However, we also prepare to go to trial, just in case the nursing home or insurance provider is unwilling to negotiate.
The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience in successfully settling assisted living and nursing home cases like yours. While we can often settle out of court, we are always ready to take your case to trial if necessary to fight for fair compensation.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a specific type of personal injury case that may include various recoverable damages. These can include:
- Medical costs
- Physical therapy
- Cost of home care or care at another facility
- Counseling services
- Pain and suffering
- and more
In some cases of severe or ongoing abuse or neglect -- especially leading to significant injury or death -- you may be eligible to seek punitive damages. Experienced elder abuse and nursing home bedsores attorneys can help you to determine which damages to seek in your particular case.
In the state of Florida, you have two years to file a case from the date you discovered --or the date you should have known -- that the abuse or neglect occurred. The same statute of limitations applies in both Georgia and Minnesota, as well.
The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience in negotiating settlements in cases like yours. We always try to get you fair compensation and make your life easier along the way. Not only are we available to address your questions and concerns 24/7, but we’ll come to you and your elderly loved one wherever you are – at home, at work, in the hospital, or elsewhere. We know that dealing with elder abuse can be overwhelming, which is why we work hard to minimize your burden, starting with working through contingency fees. Our team is passionate about seeking justice, and we’re ready to use our skills and resources to help you seek the compensation you or your loved ones are due.
Abuse, Neglect, and Nursing Home Falls Attorneys
For over 40 years, the expert attorneys at The Ruth Law Team have worked hard to secure fair compensation in cases like yours. When you need an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer to fight for justice on behalf of your family, we’ll stick with you from beginning to end, providing compassionate guidance, support, and comprehensive legal services.
Our talented team of legal professionals includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
With extensive knowledge, experience, and resources, we’re ready to go up against corporate nursing homes and insurance giants that may try to give you the run-around. Let our talented attorneys battle for you, so you can focus on the important task of finding a new care facility or personally caring for your elderly loved one.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
The qualified and compassionate attorneys at The Ruth Law Team are ready to help you fight for compensation when your elderly loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect.
We’re available 24/7 to address all of your questions or concerns. Call us today at 727-327-3222, contact us online, or reach out through the live chat feature on our website to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.Florida Georgia Minnesota