Scottsdale Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
When you take an elderly loved one to a nursing home to live, you have no choice but to trust they will provide the care your loved one needs. Unfortunately, many nursing homes neglect or abuse residents, cause severe injuries and lower quality of life.
At Phillips Law Group, we understand how devastating nursing home neglect and abuse can be. Families whose loved ones were victimized can contact us for a free consultation to determine if the abusers can be held liable and if compensation may be available. Our firm has represented injury victims for 27 years, recovering more than $750 million in compensation.
There is no risk in contacting our Scottsdale nursing home abuse attorneys because there is no obligation to take legal action. If you have a case and we represent you, we will not charge legal fees unless recover compensation.
We are ready to receive your call: 1-800-706-3000.
Who is Liable for My Loved One’s Injuries and Damages?
One of the factors our attorneys consider when determining if you have a case is liability. Some of the parties who could potentially be held liable may include:
- Facility owners whether they are individuals, families or corporate entities
- Employees as they are often the abusers, including nurses, nursing assistants, nutritionists, administrators and others
- Third parties such as vendors, medical equipment providers and contractors
These individuals or entities can potentially be held liable for abuse. They could also be at fault for neglect, as nursing home residents are entitled to have some basic needs met, such as:
- Medical care
- Proper hygiene
There are many reasons why residents are not properly cared for, including:
- Poor training
- Errors with medications
- Failing to monitor residents appropriately
- Failing to identify medical issues
- Poor security on the premises
These could all be examples of negligence that caused injury to a nursing home resident. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have many years of experience proving negligence in personal injury claims.
Call us any time to set up your free consultation. 1-800-706-3000
Types of Nursing Homes
The level of care that must be provided to residents depends on the type of facility:
- Adult Boarding Facilities – These are often in a residential areas and are run by families, individuals or businesses.
- Residential Care Facilities – These places usually have a limit of 20 residents who can receive personal care 24 hours a day. Medical and nursing care are generally not provided.
- Intermediate Care Facilities – These places typically have about 15 residents and do not have skilled nursing care 24 hours a day.
- Skilled Nursing Facilities – These facilities are staffed by professional nurses and therapists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What Are My Loved One’s Rights?
State and federal law provide for numerous rights for nursing home residents and those in other types of care facilities. This includes the right to:
- Appropriate medical care and to be involved in their treatment plan
- Manage their own money and assets
- Privacy with their belongings and in communicating with family
- Decide what activities they want to participate in
- Be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of health issues
- To be informed of fees, medical records and rules and regulations at the facility
If these or any other rights were violated, and your loved one suffered damages, you may have a claim against the facility or individuals responsible for neglect or abuse.
Contact Phillips Law Group at 1-800-706-3000.
What Qualifies as Nursing Home Abuse?
There can be several different forms of nursing home abuse, including:
This occurs when a resident’s needs are ignored, often because a facility is understaffed or staff members failed to check on a resident for a prolonged period of time.
Some examples of neglect include:
- Malnutrition, which can lead to significant weight loss, repeated infections and dry skin
- Dehydration, resulting in excessive thirst, canker sores and dry skin
- Overmedication, which can cause too much sleep, seizures, hallucinations and social withdrawal
- Bed/pressure sores, which look like blisters
There are numerous examples of physical abuse suffered by nursing home residents, including hitting, kicking, slapping, punching, shoving or biting. This can result in injuries like:
- Broken bones
This is non-consensual sexual contact between the resident and someone else. Some of the signs of sexual abuse include:
- Difficulty walking and/or sitting
- Panic attacks
- Attempts/thoughts of suicide
- Feeling agitated
- Injuries to the pelvic area
A common example is a staff member repeatedly yelling at a resident. Nursing home residents could also be threatened, socially isolated, bullied or made fun of. Some of the telltale signs of emotional abuse could be:
- Rapid weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Lack of enthusiasm
- Social withdrawal
This is when someone steals a resident’s money or makes use of their financial assets through coercion or without the resident’s knowledge. Signs of this may include unusual withdrawals from bank accounts, unusual purchases, or missing personal items.
Our Scottsdale nursing home abuse lawyers protect the rights of residents who suffered abuse.
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse
Numerous health care professionals are mandated reporters of nursing home abuse, including doctors, nurses, psychologists, dentists, social workers, and interns (Arizona Revised Statutes § 46-451).
Loved ones of the abused individual can also report abuse to the following authorities:
- Local Police
- Department of Health
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Adult Protective Services
- Arizona Attorney General
In emergencies, call 9-1-1 so the right people can be dispatched to the scene.
Set up a Free Consultation with a Scottsdale Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
In nearly three decades, Phillips Law Group has provided legal representation to 155,000 consumer clients. We have a proven record of success – we have obtained more than $750 million in injury compensation.
We know how complex nursing home abuse cases can be and are prepared to manage the process on your behalf. We want you to have the time to focus on caring for your loved one.
The consultation with our Scottsdale nursing home abuse lawyers comes free of charge. At Phillips Law Group, our lawyers are not paid unless our clients are paid first.