Located on the southern part of the Olympic Peninsula where the Wishkah and Chehalis Rivers converge, Aberdeen historically played a big role in Washington’s fishing and logging industries. A port city with Olympic National Park to the north, Aberdeen is an attractive spot for anybody with an affinity for nature.
Many pick the city as one where they’d like to retire because of its peaceful scenery and proximity to Seattle. Just over 12 percent of the population is older than 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and some retirees settle into one of the nursing home facilities in the area. People looking for a nursing facility for themselves or a loved one can contact the Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) in Grays Harbor County at 360-532-0520, or can use Medicare.gov’s online database. Make sure you or your loved one is ready for a nursing home facility before you leave.
While there are plenty of respectable nursing homes in the area, even good nursing facilities might be negligent. And if that negligence, or abuse by staff, leads to serious injuries, then the facility or staff responsible can be liable for any damages.
Victims of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Can File a Lawsuit
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes and long-term care facilities is alarmingly common. In an industry interview, 44 percent of residents admitted to having been abused, and 95 percent said they had been neglected or witnessed another resident being neglected, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).
If your loved one suffered harm as a result of neglect or abuse, he or she is legally entitled to pursue compensation for damages. You’ll need to show that the facility or one of the staff members failed to uphold their duty of care to your loved one and that negligence, or abuse, is what caused your loved one’s harm. Any civil liability case you file is separate and distinct from any criminal charges to which the abuser may be subject.
You’ll need to have evidence to support your claim. Photos of bruises or other physical trauma, the resident’s medical records (which may indicate an unexplained decline in health, or weight loss that is hard to identify), medical expert testimonies, and witness information can be helpful in substantiating your case. The best way to determine eligibility to recover damages is to speak to an attorney who can review your circumstances.
If you discovered that your loved one has been the victim of abuse and neglect in an Aberdeen nursing home, our lawyers at Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC stand ready to help. We have been helping victims secure settlements for negligence claims for more than 30 years. Our firm is located in Olympia, but Ron can come meet you in Aberdeen after a phone consultation. Call our firm at 844-920-2438 to speak with a lawyer who handles nursing home abuse and neglect claims.