An important part of the legal work performed by attorneys at the Olympia, WA, law firm of Ron Meyers & Associates PLLC is helping clients with nursing home neglect cases. Taking care of elderly loved ones is heartbreaking if those patients are abused or neglected by caretakers, or if they receive sub-standard care. Nursing homes that run for profit are subject to strict government regulations to provide adequate care to residents, and to prevent abuse situations. When problems arise, it is time to call in our Olympia nursing home neglect lawyers to get justice for you and your loved ones.
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How Ron Meyers & Associates Can Help
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 elder 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,
- questions to ask an attorney about nursing home abuse,
- 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.
Securing Your Elderly Loved One’s Safety
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 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.
Filing a Lawsuit Against the Nursing Home
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 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, you may pursue a wrongful death claim.
Here in Washington we have seen the devastating effects of the novel coronavirus and its high risk to vulnerable adults in nursing homes. The vulnerable nature of the patients and the communal aspects of the facilities make nursing homes particularly susceptible to outbreaks, which is why it is up to the nursing home’s management to keep their residents safe. We are here to hold the institution accountable when they fail to take the proper precautions and endanger their staff and vulnerable adult residents.
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.
Nursing Home Neglect
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 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.
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 are serving 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.