When you are trying to deal with the sudden and wrongful death of a loved one, it is time to contact the lawyers at Ron Meyer & Associates PLLC, in Olympia, WA. Our attorneys will go to work immediately to help you get started on your way to recovering from a devastating and life-altering event that affects your entire family.
Understanding Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases
Caring for aging parents at home is not always an option for adult children. People depend upon nursing homes and elder care facilities to give proper treatment to their loved ones. When caretakers at nursing homes and long-term care facilities fail to do so, results can be disastrous for patients. Your elderly loved ones may become abused, injured, starved or given the wrong medications, all of which cause harm, pain and suffering.
Nursing home neglect or abuse is a situation that requires prompt attention by experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. Elder care facilities and caretakers are regulated by the government to help make nursing home care beneficial and helpful. When care is substandard or poor, patients suffer needlessly. They may be injured, abused or even die from bad treatment in a nursing home. Our trial attorneys are highly skilled in this area of personal injury law, and we have helped hundreds of clients get fair compensation for medical bills and other economic losses caused by nursing home neglect or abuse.
Securing Your Loved One’s Safety and Protection in Olympia, WA
If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 to report the problem and have your loved one removed from the nursing home as soon as possible.
This might be the case if you suspect physical or sexual abuse or any other acts that might cause imminent harm. If immediate danger is not present, do not call 911. Instead, contact the police by calling the nearest police station.
Reporting the Abuse or Neglect to the Nursing Home Director
Bring your concerns to the attention of the nursing home staff. If it’s a single individual or a small group of individuals who are behaving badly, the nursing home may be able to address it and put a stop to it. This may be more difficult if it’s an institutional problem or there is a large group of individuals abusing or neglecting nursing home residents.
But even if the nursing home is able to terminate the perpetrator and otherwise remedy the situation, still report the abuse or neglect to an appropriate state agency. In Washington State, families can call the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services at anytime to file a complaint. Families can also report suspected elder abuse to the Adult Protective Services (APS).
Speak with an attorney about the channels through which you can report the abuse and seek justice for your loved one.
Our Approach to Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases
Filing a Lawsuit Against the Nursing Home in Olympia, WA
After you have taken the actions necessary to report the abuse to the appropriate agencies and secure your loved one’s immediate safety, you may consider taking legal action against the nursing home.
For example, you may pursue compensation for medical bills your loved one incurred to treat injuries related to physical abuse. Similarly, any costs associated with mental health treatment to address harm related to emotional abuse may be recoverable. Pain and suffering and other damages might also be recoverable if you pursue legal action against the nursing home.
To prove abuse or neglect at a nursing home you need to establish three things.
- Factual evidence that the abuse took place
- The abuse caused your loved one harm
- Your loved one suffered damages as a result of the harm
If your loved one died because of nursing home abuse or neglect, you may pursue a wrongful death claim.
Did you Acquire Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus / MRSA / Staph Infection in a Nursing Home?
Staph infections, which often occur when Staphylococcus bacteria come into contact with small cuts in the skin, are a significant concern for affected individuals. Some forms of staph infection are relatively mild, but in the majority of circumstances, a staph infection can cause serious medical consequences which require immediate attention. Some forms of MRSA Staph infections are a common concern for nursing home patients, who may have intravenous surgical lines and incision sites which are susceptible to infection.
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How Ron Meyers & Associates Can Help with Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases
Attorneys Ron Meyers, Matthew G. Johnson, and Tim Friedman are dedicated advocates for injured people. They are skilled at gaining compensation for injured persons when neglect is a factor, as it is in vulnerable adult abuse cases. Substandard care, inadequate staffing, and poor maintenance of facilities contribute to many of the serious problems facing elderly patients. A slip and fall accident, physical, mental, or emotional abuse, and poorly trained caretakers can create a deadly outcome for patients. Ron Meyers & Associates can also help advise you on:
- how to choose a nursing home for your loved one,
- signs of nursing home abuse or neglect,
- questions to ask an attorney about nursing home abuse or neglect,
- is my loved one ready for a nursing home?
We also have information on:
- failure to seek consultation with a specialist,
- failure to chart, monitor, assess and report changes of condition,
- medication errors,
- failure to treat pain,
- improper nutrition or hydration,
- weight loss,
- nursing home residents’ rights,
- financial abuse of seniors,
- services offered by nursing homes
Ron Meyers & Associates works on cases outside of the Olympia area. We are willing to travel to cities that are farther away, such as Aberdeen and Hoquiam, and any closer city such as nearby Chehalis, Yelm, and Centralia.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Our attorneys work with clients from initial evaluations and investigations through the final resolution of their personal injury case. We are aggressive and dedicated to getting you and your family the maximum compensation allowed by law. Begin today by calling the Olympia, WA, law office of Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC. We serve Western Washington clients and are always available to them to answer questions and provide case updates.
If you have even the slightest thought that your loved ones are being mistreated in a nursing home or are not receiving adequate care, put our lawyers on the case to get results quickly. We know what to do and are ready to aggressively help you get maximum compensation from offenders who cause injury to others. Call us now, at (360) 459-5600, to arrange for your initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases
Nursing home abuse and neglect refer to any mistreatment or harm inflicted upon residents of nursing homes or elder care facilities. It can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, as well as neglect resulting in inadequate care, medication errors, or failure to address residents’ needs.
Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can vary but may include unexplained injuries, bruises, weight loss, sudden changes in behavior or mood, poor hygiene, bedsores, unexplained financial transactions, or a lack of attention from staff. Any suspicious or concerning behavior should be taken seriously and investigated further.
If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect in Olympia WA, there are several steps you can take:
- Ensure your loved one’s immediate safety by removing them from the facility if there is immediate danger.
- Report the situation to the nursing home staff and document your concerns.
- Contact appropriate state agencies such as the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services or Adult Protective Services to file a complaint.
- Speak with an attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect cases to understand your legal options and seek justice for your loved one.
Attorneys experienced in nursing home abuse and neglect cases can provide crucial support by:
- Investigating the incident, collecting evidence, and building a strong case.
- Assisting in reporting the abuse to appropriate authorities and ensuring your loved one’s safety.
- Pursuing legal action against the nursing home to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
- Offering guidance on navigating the legal process, including filing a lawsuit and representing your interests in negotiations or court proceedings.
In a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit, recoverable damages may include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other economic losses resulting from the abuse or neglect. In cases of wrongful death, additional damages may be pursued through a wrongful death claim.
Choosing the right nursing home involves thorough research and evaluation. Consider factors such as the facility’s reputation, staff qualifications, cleanliness, safety measures, resident-to-staff ratio, available services, and resident feedback. It can also be helpful to consult with an attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases for guidance on selecting a facility that prioritizes resident well-being.
The statute of limitations for filing a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit in Washington can vary depending on the circumstances and the type of claim. It is crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to understand the specific time limits that apply to your case and ensure you take appropriate legal action within the required timeframe.
Yes, if your loved one passed away due to nursing home abuse or neglect in Washington, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. This claim seeks compensation for the damages suffered by the deceased and their surviving family members. Our attorneys are experienced in wrongful death cases and can guide you through the legal process to help seek justice for your loved one.
If the nursing home denies allegations of abuse or neglect, it is important to gather evidence and build a strong case to support your claims. An experienced attorney can assist in conducting investigations, gathering witness statements, obtaining medical records, and employing other strategies to substantiate your allegations and challenge the nursing home’s denial.