Nursing Home Negligence OVERVIEW

Too often, elderly or disabled residents of long-term care facilities are not getting the attention they require and sometimes have to compete with dozens of other residents for the attention of too few staff. As a result, often residents that require assistance with daily activities such as feeding, bathing, toileting, and walking are not receiving adequate care. Such neglect can lead to disastrous consequences like debilitating falls, the development of immobilizing ulcers, malnutrition, and sometimes death.

The first step in pursuing a nursing home abuse or neglect case is to consult a qualified attorney who is experienced in handling nursing home cases. At Tourkow, Crell, Rosenblatt & Johnston, LLP, it will not cost you anything to consult with an attorney to discuss the merits of your nursing home abuse or neglect claim. Stanley Rosenblatt will review the merits of the case. If we determine that you have a valid claim, we will usually represent you on a contingent fee basis. You pay nothing unless we recover money for you, and our fee is a percentage of that recovery.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are common signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect?

Physical Abuse:

  • Broken bones
  • Injuries from falls
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Bed Sores, bruises or blisters
  • Dehydration or malnourishment
  • Medication overdose
  • Finding unconscious
  • Extreme cases include assault, battery, rape or forced restraint

Emotional Abuse:

  • Frequent Crying
  • Humiliation
  • Threats
  • Bullying
  • Attempts to frighten the resident
  • Agitations, withdrawal, or fear

Neglect:

  • Complaints of being ignored, consistently overlooked, and/or isolated
  • Withholding food, water, and/or medication
  • Failure to change bedding or take care of basic hygiene needs
Are there legal ramifications for act of abuse or neglect in a nursing home?

A victim of nursing home abuse is entitled to hire a private attorney in order to file a civil lawsuit for the violation of any of their rights. Subsequently, nursing home abuse or neglect can result in an investigation and fine by an adult protective services agency. If a lawsuit is filed, a victim can recover damages for the injuries.  Occasionally, the local prosecuting attorney can bring a criminal prosecution to punish intentional misconduct. 

What should I do if I suspect that my loved one is being abused or neglected in an Indiana nursing home?

If you believe that your loved one may be a victim, it is important to confront the situation right away. With the help of an attorney at Tourkow, Crell, Rosenblatt and Johnston, you and your loved one may be able to pursue legal recourse. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact Stanley L. Rosenblatt to explore your legal options.

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