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If you suspect that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. team right away. We are committed to protecting elderly individuals’ safety and rights, including the right to take legal action following mistreatment by nursing home staff, private caregivers, and long-term care facilities.
Led by founding attorney, Tom Wagstaff, our Lee’s Summit nursing home attorneys have decades of experience navigating this complex area of law. We understand the many nuances that go into proving liability, damages, and future losses. What’s more, we have the resources to effectively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is a catch-all term used to refer to various types of elder abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and exploitation. Additionally, elder abuse can occur in long-term care and assisted living facilities, but it can also occur at the hands of a private in-home caregiver, friend, or family member. In fact, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that nearly 60% of elder abuse and neglect occur at the hands of family members.
The different types of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Basic needs neglect
- Willful neglect
- Psychological (mental) abuse
- Emotional and social neglect
- Confinement and isolation
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Medical neglect
Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect, and identifying the liable party can be even more challenging. This is especially true when underlying factors—such as understaffing, inadequate training, unsupervised care, or negligent hiring—contribute to abuse and neglect.
It is important that you work with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., our experienced lawyers utilize their in-depth understanding of the law, decades in practice, and extensive resources to establish liability, prove damages, and pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
Choose a Compassionate Legal Team That Will Fight for You
At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., we know just how devastating it is to learn that your loved one has been mistreated by the very facility you entrusted with their care. Your loved one’s safety is our top concern, which is why we act quickly to help you put a stop to the abuse. Our attorneys can assist you in reporting suspected or known nursing home abuse to the appropriate authorities before beginning legal action aimed at holding the liable parties responsible.
With more than 25 years of legal experience, we have what it takes to aggressively protect your rights and the full, fair recovery you are owed. We genuinely care about the people we serve, which is why we take the time to get to know you, listen to your story, and learn how we can help your family seek justice.
Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Choosing to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility is difficult enough without having to worry about them becoming a victim of abuse or neglect. However, nursing home abuse and neglect are very common in the United States. As such, it is important that you know the signs of nursing home abuse so that you can take immediate action as soon as you suspect that something is wrong.
The signs of nursing home abuse vary depending on the type of abuse that is occurring.
Some of the most common signs of physical abuse include:
- Bruises, cuts, broken bones, and other unexplained injuries
- Marks on the wrists or ankles, which may indicate physical restraint
- Witnessing aggression or uses of excessive force by staff against residents
- Complaints of physical abuse by residents
Some of the most common signs of general neglect include:
- Medication errors
- Failure to provide medical care
- Soiled or dirty clothing
- Unchanged bedding
- Unsanitary conditions
- Untreated illnesses and infections
Some of the most common signs of emotional or mental abuse include:
- Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
- Increased aggression, irritability, crying, depression, anxiety, etc.
- Witnessing staff yelling at or belittling residents
- Residents appearing afraid of certain staff members
- Complaints by residents of mistreatment
Some of the most common signs of sexual abuse include:
- Injuries to the groin, genitals, upper thighs, or female breasts
- Torn, ripped, or bloodied clothing, especially undergarments
- Unexplained sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Changes in mood or behavior, including depression
Some of the most common signs of financial abuse include:
- Unusual withdrawals from bank accounts
- Unpaid bills or overdue statements
- Changes to a will, trust, or power of attorney
- Bounced checks or overdraft fees
Note that these are not the only signs that abuse or neglect are occurring. If you suspect that any type of nursing home abuse or neglect are taking place, alert the proper authorities right away. Then, call the Lee’s Summit nursing home abuse attorneys at the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr. for legal help.
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