Prescott Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer | Phillips Law Group
If you believe your loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home, contact an experienced attorney is a step you should consider. He or she may be able to file a claim against the nursing home for physical, financial and emotional damages.
The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have been helping personal injury victims in Arizona recover from the negligence of others for over 27 years ”“ we have obtained over $1 billion on behalf of our clients. Managing attorney Timothy Tonkin is certified by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization in injury and wrongful death litigation.
Contact a Prescott nursing home abuse attorney at the Phillips Law Group today for a free consultation. We charge no upfront fees and you are not obligated to let us represent you, even after your complimentary consultation. We do not get paid unless we help you recover fair compensation for your claim.
Am I Eligible to File a Nursing Home Abuse Claim?
The answer to this question depends on your specific situation. Our attorneys are prepared to review what happened and how negligence may have been involved.
Negligence means more than simple carelessness or mistakes. We must prove the abuser violated a duty of reasonable care owed to your loved one and link this directly to your loved one’s injuries.
Building a nursing home abuse case is a complex task that requires a detailed investigation. The dedicated legal team at Phillips Law Group, consisting of licensed attorneys, paralegals, investigators and other support staff, is prepared to get to work on your behalf, if you have a case and hire our firm.
There are several steps that may be included in the investigation, such as gathering medical records, reviewing the background of the abuser and facility records for past instances of abuse, and consulting experts to help prove negligence and the value of your loved one’s damages.
Our Prescott nursing home abuse lawyers are ready to review your situation in a free consultation. Call for answers to your legal questions.
Rights of Nursing Home Residents in Arizona
Nursing home residents in Arizona are protected by federal and state laws that grant them numerous rights related to their care and treatment.
For example, federal law says long-term care facility residents have the right to live free from abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Residents also have the right to:
- Be treated with dignity and respect
- Take part their medical treatment
- Privacy in their communication and visits with family members
State law reiterates many of the same rights. Arizona’s Office of Long Term Care Licensure has a list of rights for Arizona nursing home residents, including the right to:
- A full explanation of all facility fees and services available
- A clean, safe and comfortable living environment
- Reasonable security for personal property
- Manage their own financial affairs
- Keep personal and health records private
- Apply for Medicaid or Medicare and receive help in doing so
- Refuse to receive medical treatment
- Participate in community, social and religious activities
Residents also have the right to have a relative or legal representative exercise these rights on the resident’s behalf if he or she is unable to do so.
Our Prescott nursing home abuse lawyers at Phillips Law Group have detailed knowledge of these rights and how they are often violated by staff members and others.
Call 1-800-706-3000 for a confidential, free consultation. You may be eligible to pursue compensation.
Who Can Be Held Accountable for Abuse or Neglect?
Nursing home abuse and neglect are perpetrated by various individuals at facilities and even outsiders:
- Staff members ”“ This often includes people who directly care for residents, such as doctors, nurses, assistants, nutritionists and dieticians.
- Company owners ”“ Owners of these facilities may have liability because they were responsible for hiring administrators and others to run the facility.
- Third parties ”“ This may include contractors, medical device makers or individuals visiting other residents.
Some examples of negligence by these individuals/entities can include:
- Understaffing the facility, which can result in severe neglect of residents physical and psychological needs
- Inadequate security, which could allow people who are not supposed to be in the facility to come in and abuse residents
- Failure to monitor staff members who care for residents
- Negligent hiring, resulting in staff members being unqualified or inexperienced
- Failure to meet residents’ nutritional needs
If you have a valid case, our team of trusted legal professionals is prepared to launch a thorough investigation to uncover negligence and determine who may be responsible.
Signs of Abuse or Neglect to Look Out For
There are many forms of nursing home abuse or neglect. Residents are often too afraid to speak up or they may be unable to verbally communicate what is going on.
However, there are some common signs of abuse and neglect that you may want to look out for, because you may be the only one who can put a stop to it.
Below, review the main types of abuse and neglect and signs to watch for:
Not all forms of neglect may be easily detected. Some of the more common signs to look out for are:
- Poor hygiene ”“ Filthy clothing and dirty bedsheets may be a sign of neglect.
- Malnutrition ”“ Loss of weight, dry skin and repeated infections can be signs of malnutrition.
- Dehydration ”“ Excessive thirst, dry skin and canker sores can be some signs of a dehydrated individual.
- Overmedication ”“ Too much medication can lead to prolonged sleeping, anti-social activity, hallucinations and seizures.
- Bedsores/pressure sores ”“ Red and/or discolored skin, blisters or open wounds usually means the victim has not been moved or turned for extended periods of time.
This can include any form of malicious contact including hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, shoving, slamming or biting. This activity can result in:
- Broken bones
This is when non-consensual sexual contact occurs between the resident and someone else. Some signs may include:
- Injuries to the pelvic area
- Bruising on the arms, legs, breasts or genital area
- Difficulty walking and/or sitting
- Sexually-transmitted diseases
- Torn underwear
- Unexplained bleeding
- Panic attacks
A common example of this could be a caretaker constantly yelling and bullying the resident. Although the signs may not always be obvious, some common characteristics of victims may include:
- Body rocking
- Thumb sucking
- Social withdrawal
- Lack of appetite
Nursing home residents can be taken advantage of financially. Sometimes caretakers do this by stealing a resident’s checkbook, debit card or credit card. Some residents may even be intimidated to sign over power of attorney to an abuser.
Another form of financial fraud is when the resident’s health care provider is billed for unusual services or medications. Caretakers may try to gain access to a controlled prescription for their own benefit.
Some common signs of financial abuse include:
- Missing personal items
- Unusual purchases
- Unexplained cash withdrawals
- Unusual treatments or medications listed on medical bills
Who Can I Notify About Abuse?
If you feel that your loved one is in a life-threatening situation, we suggest calling 9-1-1 immediately to report the issue.
Under Arizona law (A.R.S. Â§ 46-454), health care professionals are required to report any signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect. This applies to physicians, nurses, assistants, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), psychologists, psychiatrists, hospital interns, home health providers and many others.
If it is not a life-threating situation, you can call the Arizona Adult Protective Services hotline.
After reporting the abuse, there are some other steps you can take to document the situation. The evidence you collect may help your attorney in building a case:
- Take pictures or record video of any visible signs of neglect, suspicious injuries, activities or behaviors.
- Keep a journal to record the date of any odd or suspicious activity by the staff or your loved one.
- Document any important conversations with the staff members who may be responsible for the care of your loved one.
Contact a Prescott Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
For nearly three decades, Phillips Law Group has given a legal voice to over 155,000 consumer clients in the Arizona area.
We offer a free review of your case and you are not obligated to hire us to represent you. There are no upfront or hidden fees because we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we help you obtain compensation for your elderly loved one’s damages.
Free Case Evaluation
Your message has been sent
Thank you for your message, we will get back to you soon.
- Auto Accidents
- Business Litigation
- Class Action Lawsuits
- Defective Drug
- Defective Products
- Employee Rights
- Employment Law
- Firm News
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Slip and Fall
- Social Security Disability
- Workers' Compensation
- Wrongful Death
I just wanted to thank Phillips law Group and Vanessa Rodriguez for all the help that she did for my daughter’s case. She was involved in her first accident and she needed the help to deal with these adjusters. Thank you again.
Jasmine helped me so so much I want to thank her ! And also Aaron , i was always scared after an accident , knowing I would have to deal with lawyers but not here . Luckily I’ve only been in 3 accidents but this time it was fast and easy . And i received all the treatments I needed to help me recover ! Thank you Jasmine and Aaron!
Phillips Law Group has a proven track record of success. Juan Roque, in particular, is integral to that. He works with integrity, compassion, and an undefeated optimism that makes him a valuable asset.
I would like to thank Vanessa Rodriguez for helping me with my case because I was in total shock about the accident. She had listened to all my concerns and had answered every question I had . She was great !!!
I would have no hesitation at all recommending Phillips Law Group. In particular, Juan Roque has impressed me with his professionalism, his integrity and his heart for the community!
Sophia H is a pleasure to work with! Thanks for all you do.
Two family members were in a bad wreck a couple of years ago, and as a result called Phillips Law to represent them. Montana Thompson was the attorney assigned to the case with the help of Nemo Farr as legal assistant. Mr. Thompson litigated a very generous settlement for both my stepdaughter and her son. Because my grandson is a minor, I decided to act as conservator for him to ensure the settlement was safe and secure. Montana helped with that process, but it was Nemo who went way above and beyond the call in finding a financial institution to use for the restricted account. There were some glitches in that process but Nemo helped navigate them with a calm expertise which belies his age. I would consider them both great representatives of the level of commitment to their clients and assets to their firm.
I have been with Phillips Law Group for a little over a year and I have learned what teamwork and family in a workplace looks like. There is always someone around to lend a helping hand, which is something I appreciate and cherish. I feel a sense of joy coming to work every day because of my co-workers as well as being able to help people in what can be a scary and stressful situation. I currently work as a Litigation Legal Assistant with an amazing team. When I started here, I was not very knowledgeable in personal injury. I was lucky to have been placed with an amazing team who was willing to take time to teach and pass on some great skills that have been a huge aid in helping me be successful in my position. I would recommend working here at Phillips Law Group, because they care about their employees and there is so much room for growth.
Working at Phillips Law Group has been great the 1st few years in I noticed how well organized and run this Firm was from Intake to Settlement the Client has the expertise of a staff member uniquely qualified for the particular stage of each Clients claim and all other Law firms try to emulate what we do here but none quite get it right because they lack one major component “Compassion”. We are a FAMILY not just a group of people/employees. We care deeply about each other and our clients’ we are considerate, compassionate and make sure that all our Clients’ needs are met from beginning to end. That’s because we treat our clients just like we treat each other. Nothing like walking through the office and saying Hello to fellow employees who always seem to be smiling. 16yrs in and it only seems to be getting better.
PLG is the best! Highly recommend. Love that they do so much to help the community.