June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day promoting an understanding of neglect and abuse that some of the most vulnerable citizens of the world suffer from daily. Sadly, five million elders in the U.S.
are victims of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation each year—and this number includes only those reported. The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) outlines... read more?
ATTENTION: The presence of bedsores is often indicative of a nursing home’s neglect both in causing and failing to prevent such ulcers.
As advocates for the elderly and their families, The Ruth Law Team has many years of experience handling hundreds of cases resulting from the negligence and resulting patient abuse that occurs in many nursing homes. You can learn more about how to recognize... read more?
The purpose of a care facility—assisted living, nursing home, hospital, etc—is to provide the level of help necessary for a person either to rehabilitate from an injury or surgery, or simply to reside safely on a day-to-day basis. Because these residents are all either physically and/or mentally unable to fully care for themselves, they’re especially vulnerable to accidental and... read more?
As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of people entering nursing homes and assisted living facilities is expected to increase drastically. Families look to these facilities to care for their loved ones, who can no longer adequately care for themselves. One increasing practice, unbeknownst to many people, is the use of Arbitration Agreements by nursing homes and assisted living... read more?
The following information includes actions you can take to help prevent and combat elder abuse in your own community: 1. Look for unusual behavior from caregivers
Dominating behavior, refusal to let others into the room or home, or lack of attention toward the person requiring care are signs something could be wrong. Be weary when the patient is reluctant to answer questions about his or... read more?
Yes, you can sue a nursing home for negligence in the case of a fall if proper precautions were not taken. Not all falls that occur in a nursing home are a result of neglect. An experienced nursing home negligence attorney needs to carefully review the medical records for documentation of known stability concerns and conditions.
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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 nursing home... read more?
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... read more?
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... read more?
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.
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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.
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Nursing home abuse and neglect is a specific type of personal injury case that may include various recoverable damages. These can include: Medical costsPhysical therapyCost of home care or care at another facilityCounseling servicesPain and sufferingand more In some cases of severe or ongoing abuse or neglect - especially leading to significant injury or death - you may be eligible to seek... read more?
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.
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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... read more?
Prepare a list of facilities and investigate.The resources available on the internet have made this processes a lot easier than in the past. Medicare provides many resources a nursing home comparison tool, http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/a guide to choosing a nursing home, http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/Include/DataSection/Questions/SearchCriteriaNEW.aspA nursing home checklist, ... read more?