Upon discovering that your loved one was subjected to maltreatment in their nursing home, you may be curious to learn more about your legal options. An Enterprise nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm can help you hold the nursing home accountable for your loved one’s abuse.
A lawyer from our team can help you pursue compensation for various expenses related to your loved one’s living conditions. Financial recovery could include reimbursement for the cost of moving to a new facility, your loved one’s medical bills, and pain and suffering.
To explore working with a lawyer, dial Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333. Your first case review is performed at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your family.
Understanding the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Some nursing home residents are cognitively unable to advocate for themselves. If your loved one is living with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or another mental impairment, it is up to you to speak up if you notice something awry.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), nursing home abuse can take multiple forms.
Some types and signs of nursing home abuse include:
Nursing home caretakers are prohibited from beating, choking, or unnecessarily restraining elderly residents. Some indicators of physical abuse may include bruises, cuts, or scratches. Additionally, if you notice a sudden change in your loved one’s demeanor, this could be a sign of physical abuse as well.
Your loved one may have suffered emotional abuse at their living facility. If your loved one displays apprehension around a certain caretaker or begins exhibiting signs of depression, they could be the victim of psychological maltreatment.
Your loved one may have been sexually abused either by another resident or a caretaker. Signs of sexual abuse may include blood in your loved one’s underwear, bruising around the breasts or genital area, or fear of being left alone with a specific person.
If your loved one was sexually abused, Bernstein & Poisson can help you take action against the perpetrator. We may also be able to hold the nursing home’s administration accountable for their lack of oversight.
Neglect is another type of nursing home abuse. Signs of neglect include soiled bedsheets, smells of urine or feces, or bedsores.
Speak with a Lawyer if You Suspect Elder Abuse
Your loved one may have been abused in scenarios not outlined above. Our legal team encourages you to take swift action if you believe that your loved one is being mistreated. To explore working with an Enterprise nursing home abuse lawyer, call us today at (702) 633-3333.
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Enterprise, call (702) 997-6999
How Our Legal Team Can Help You Recover Compensation
You may have many questions about working with an attorney. Some of those questions may involve how legal representation can ultimately benefit your interests. Our client-centered firm is committed to your loved one’s well-being.
We can provide assistance by:
Gathering Evidence of Your Loved One’s Maltreatment
Each personal injury case is only as strong as the evidence that supports it. To bolster your case, we will first investigate your loved one’s living conditions. This may include visiting the facility in question, interviewing residents, and taking pictures of your loved one’s residence. We will also research the nursing home’s records for any other allegations of abuse or neglect.
Our findings could help you secure financial recovery.
Calculating the Cost of Your Damages
You may have questions regarding the cost of your loved one’s abuse-related damages.
Our legal team can help you recover compensation for both economic and noneconomic losses, including:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Your loved one’s healthcare expenses
- The cost of moving to a new nursing home
- The cost of mental health counseling and physical therapy (if needed)
Our firm may be able to help you recover expenses not included here.
Negotiating a Settlement
To recover compensation on your behalf, your lawyer will first file a claim with the nursing home’s insurance company. If your lawyer is able to resolve your case this way, then you would not need to go to court. If not, then your lawyer can handle all of the obligations associated with filing a lawsuit.
Litigating Your Case
If your case makes it to court, your lawyer will handle all litigation-related proceedings on your behalf.
This could include:
- Handling your personal injury case’s paperwork
- Gathering and reviewing evidence
- Cross-examining witnesses
- Speaking with the other party’s legal counsel
Your lawyer will also explore how Nevada’s nursing home abuse statute of limitations—also known as NRS § 41A.097(2)—affects your case.
Working on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
Legal representation has a reputation for being unaffordable. Bernstein & Poisson believes that everyone should have access to legal representation if they want it. So, we work on a contingency-fee-basis. Our clients do not have to worry about retainers or upfront fees. They do not even have to worry about hourly rates.
You only owe us for our help if we win your case. If successful, we take our fees out of the money we get for you. You can reach out to our Nevada law firm today to learn more.
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Measures That Could Help Your Case
While your lawyer will handle your case’s obligations, there are some considerations that could benefit your situation.
You may want to consider employing the following measures:
Documenting Suspected Instances of Abuse
If you notice anything out of the ordinary about your loved one’s demeanor, living conditions, or physical appearance, write it down. You should include the dates of your observations, any relevant details, and whether the nursing home took action.
Leaving Insurance Communications to Your Lawyer
The nursing home’s insurance company may offer you a settlement to get you to drop the case. This money may not fully compensate you for your loved one’s suffering. Your lawyer can determine whether any prospective settlement offers are fair and act accordingly. Our team will not settle your case without your permission.
Removing Your Loved One from the Facility
If you believe that your loved one’s life is in danger, you may want to consider removing them from the facility. You may be able to include the cost of in-home nursing, assistive devices, and other care-related costs in your claim.
An Enterprise Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Advocate for Your Loved One
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused in their nursing home, Bernstein & Poisson can take on your case. Our founders, Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson, have more than six decades of experience with injury law.
We are determined to serve both you and your family’s legal interests. To speak with a member of our team, dial (702) 633-3333.