Like other communities nearby, Chehalis has a rich history of logging, but over the years has become host to many other industries. Many seniors also pick it as an ideal spot to retire. Its location in Washington provides scenic views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens. The city also offers several senior services, including transportation, recreation, and more. Those over 65 years old comprise 13.7 percent of the population in Chehalis.
Seniors and their families in Chehalis who are looking for a nursing home facility can use several resources to evaluate which may be best for them. The Area Agency on Aging that serves the area is the Lewis/Mason/Thurston Aging and Disability Resource Center. You can reach it at 888-702-4464. Those interested can also search Medicare.gov‘s database of nursing home facilities.
But some seniors are victims of abuse and neglect at these facilities. “Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, injury, loss of productivity, isolation, and despair,” states the World Health Organization. If your parent, sibling or spouse has suffered harm because of nursing home abuse or neglect, know that you have options.
Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Claim to Recover Damages
When your loved one suffers physical, emotional or psychological harm because of the abuse or neglect of nursing home staff or administration, you are within your rights to file a claim or lawsuit against the facility to seek compensation. You will need to speak to a lawyer about your rights and responsibilities and how best to go about pursuing damages.
Some of the damages you may be able to collect when you file a claim include the following.
- Examinations and diagnostics
- Medical and hospital bills related to the abuse
- Transportation costs to obtain medical care
- Mental health treatments and counseling services
- Medical aids, prescriptions and assistive devices
- Emotional and psychological damages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses, loss of love and support, and other relationship losses (wrongful death cases)
It’s difficult to provide a generic calculation of the potential value of a nursing home abuse or neglect claim because each case is unique. Your lawyer will be able to comb through your case, document the totality of the damages and give you an estimate of what your case is worth. In addition, a lawyer can help you understand dangerous forms of abuse like misusing power of attorney and assist you in finding a safer nursing home.
Our team at Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC has more than 30 years of experience helping victims of nursing home abuse and neglect hold care providers responsible for their actions. Our main priority is to help injured residents in Washington — including Chehalis – get the full and fair settlement awards they need when they’ve been hurt by negligence or willful harm. Call our office today at 844-920-2438 to schedule a free consultation.