The nursing homes in the state of Arizona have both a legal and ethical obligation to care for the residents living in their facilities. This care should be at such a high level that the residents at the nursing home should maintain the highest degree of physical and mental well-being possible. Working to prevent injuries and accidents should be one of the main concerns for nursing home staff, but this is not always the case.
If you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact an experienced Arizona nursing home abuse lawyer at our law firm today.
Legal Help for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Victims
Did you suffer abuse or neglect while in a nursing home facility? Do you believe a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect? It is time to seek experienced legal help to seek justice.
In the state of Arizona, you can pursue criminal and civil legal action against liable parties. At Miller Kory Rowe LLP, our law firm has helped many clients in Phoenix, Tucson, and throughout Arizona pursue justice for their civil claims. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a nursing home, we want to help you. We may be able to help you:
- Build your case
- File your claim
- Litigate in court, if necessary
If our law firm accepts your case, we will not charge you any fees until we win your case. Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation today.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Nursing home abuse and neglect refers to the mistreatment, exploitation, neglect, or harm of a vulnerable nursing home resident. This mistreatment typically results in injury, pain, suffering, or, in some instances, death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 16,000 nursing homes operating at any given time. These facilities house nearly 3 million Americans. Each year, there are around 35,000 cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect. Many of the nursing homes where this abuse and neglect takes place advertise that they offer top-notch care, but in fact, provide minimal supervision and care for their residents.
While there are many government regulations dictating the type of care residents in these facilities should receive, abuse and neglect are still quite common. The Arizona nursing home abuse lawyers at Miller Kory Rowe LLP believe the only way to shine a light on cases of nursing home abuse and neglect is through aggressive litigation.
Surprising Statistics About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
While most people think nursing home abuse and neglect cases are rare, the fact is they are a lot more common than you think. The following are some surprising facts and statistics regarding nursing home abuse and neglect:
- According to the World Health Organization, the rate of elder abuse in institutions such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities is high. Over 30% of staff have reported having abused their elderly patients in the past year.
- Over 30% of U.S. nursing homes have experienced some form of abuse or neglect.
- 90% of all elder abuse perpetrators are someone the person knows like a staff member or another resident.
- Each year, over 5,000 deaths are attributed to nursing home abuse or neglect.
- Only 20% of all nursing home abuse and neglect cases are reported.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should look for these common warning signs:
1. Poor Personal Hygiene
If you start to notice that your loved one is not showering or brushing his or her teeth, you may have a case of nursing home neglect on your hands. Many nursing home residents need help with daily hygiene-related tasks. It is important to take note and take action when they are not receiving this help.
2. The Nursing Home Is Filthy
The state of Arizona has very strict guidelines for nursing homes to follow regarding the cleanliness of their facility. If you notice that the nursing home or your loved one’s room has not been maintained, you should take action right away. Allowing residents to live in unsanitary surroundings can lead to a variety of illnesses.
3. Persistent Bed Sores
Bedsores are generally caused by seniors not getting the care they need. When a person is immobile due to injury, they will need the help of nursing home staff members to get out of bed. If this help is not given, then bedsores will usually start to form. Neglecting to act in a situation like this can lead to a senior getting an infection and possibly dying as a result.
Proving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Court
To win a judgment in a case like this, your legal team will have to prove that the nursing home in question abused or neglected a resident. It will also need to show proof these actions led to the injuries in question.
A lawsuit against a nursing home may be based on many types of abuse and neglect. Some types of abuse and neglect will be obvious even to a lay person, such as allowing the presence of bed sores, failure to feed or provide water, or sexual abuse. Some abuse and neglect may not be obvious without investigation, such as:
The Nursing Home Was Guilty of Negligent Hiring
A nursing home has an obligation to its residents to hire qualified employees to take care of their daily needs. Employees will need to pass a variety of background checks and must have no history of abuse or violence to be hired in these types of facilities. If a nursing home fails to do this type of research before hiring an employee, then it could be held liable should this employee abuse or neglect one of the residents.
An Understaffed Nursing Home Can Be Problematic
When a nursing home does not have an adequate number of staff members, residents may suffer from neglect. An understaffed nursing home will also create more work for the staff that is present. This will usually lead to higher stress levels, which in turn can cause the workers to have a lack of compassion for the residents in the nursing home. A nursing home can be found liable if injuries or deaths are caused by understaffing issues.
Inadequate or Improper Training
If the employees of a nursing home have not been properly trained to deal with disabled seniors, they may inadvertently injure a resident. If your loved one suffered an injury due to inadequate or improper training, call an Arizona nursing home abuse attorney at Miller Kory Rowe LLP for help. Our team will listen to the details of your potential nursing home abuse or neglect case and help you understand your best legal options.
The last thing you want to do in cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect is to procrastinate. Waiting too long can lead to the statute of limitations in your case running out.
Schedule a Consultation With an Arizona Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Our Firm
The Miller Kory Rowe LLP team has spent decades fighting for the rights of nursing home residents. If you suspect or know a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please call our Phoenix office at (602) 737-0342 or contact us online. Our attorneys offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. With offices in Phoenix and Tucson, our firm is uniquely positioned to serve clients throughout Arizona. Contact our firm today!