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Negligence in Nursing Homes & Other Long-Term Care Facilities
Nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and other assisted living centers must care for residents’ basic needs. This includes not only their physical needs, but also their mental, social, and psychological needs as well. When caregivers fail to provide for these needs, leading to physical injuries or psychological harm, they can be held accountable.
At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., our Kansas City nursing home neglect lawyers are here to help you and your family during this difficult time. We believe that negligent care facilities and staff members should be held responsible for the immense harm they cause when they fail to provide an acceptable level of care. Our team can help you seek justice, along with the full, fair compensation you are owed.
For a free and confidential consultation, call (816) 597-4556 or contact us online using our secure request form.
What Is Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing home neglect is a form of nursing home abuse in which facilities, staff members, and caregivers fail to provide for residents’ basic needs. The main difference between nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect is intent; abuse typically indicates some degree of intent, whereas neglect can occur with or without intent. In other words, negligence does not have to be intentional to constitute nursing home neglect.
Examples of Nursing Home Neglect
Like nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect can take many forms. It can be physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or even social in nature.
Some examples of nursing home neglect include:
- Failing to give residents adequate food and/or water
- Failing to seek medical attention on behalf of residents
- Failing to treat residents’ injuries, illnesses, or infections
- Leaving a resident alone for an extended period of time
- Isolating residents or keeping them from engaging in social activities
- Failing to clean residents on a daily basis
- Failing to regularly change residents’ clothing or bedding
- Abandoning residents or kicking them out of nursing homes
- Failing to provide a clean, safe environment for residents
- Preventing residents from seeing friends or family members
These and other types of nursing home neglect can have devastating consequences, including serious bodily injury, severe illness, and even death.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
There are several warning signs that indicate a nursing home or similar long-term care facility is failing to provide for residents’ needs.
Some of the warning signs of nursing home neglect include:
- New or worsened mobility issues
- Poor personal hygiene
- New or worsened mental health conditions
- Unexplained injuries
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Soiled or dirty bedding or clothing
- Changes in mood or behavior
If you notice any warning signs of nursing home neglect, act immediately. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911; otherwise, you can report suspected neglect to the appropriate authorities. You should also reach out to an experienced nursing home neglect attorney, like those at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., who can help protect your rights and advise you on your next steps.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is never acceptable, yet it occurs frequently in nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout the United States.
There are many reasons for this, including but not limited to:
- Personnel issues, such as understaffing or inadequate training
- Negligent hiring, including hiring untrained or inexperienced staff
- Improper nursing home/facility management
- Unsupervised care, including lack of staff supervision
- Intentional misconduct by staff
At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., we believe that those responsible for nursing home neglect should be held accountable, regardless of the cause. Our Kansas City nursing home neglect attorneys have extensive experience representing victims and their families in these types of cases, and we are prepared to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
How a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Can Help
You should not have to suffer the consequences of nursing home neglect on your own. If you or someone you care about was harmed by inadequate treatment or care in a long-term care facility, reach out to the team at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. for dedicated legal representation.
Our firm can assist you with all aspects of your case, including but not limited to:
- Determining who is liable for your damages
- Gathering important evidence for your claim
- Obtaining expert testimony from industry specialists
- Handling all necessary paperwork and meeting applicable deadlines
- Communicating with the nursing home and opposing counsel
- Aggressively negotiating for a fair settlement
- Preparing your case for litigation and trial (if necessary)
- Presenting a clear picture of your losses to the judge and/or jury
- Advocating tirelessly for you throughout the legal process
We understand that this is an incredibly difficult and emotional time for you and your family. Let our firm provide the personal attention and one-on-one support you need.
There are no legal fees for you unless/until we win your case. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict for you, you do not pay. Get in touch with us today to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
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