Chicago and Dallas/Ft. Worth Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
When you bring your elderly loved one to a nursing home, you expect they will receive the care and attention they need and deserve. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in the United States, with an estimated 5 million elders abused every year. In fact, it is believed that one in 10 seniors over the age of 60 have been abused, either physically, mentally, emotionally, sexually, or financially.
Nursing home neglect and abuse cases are often expensive because the cost of gathering and reviewing medical records and data is high. Because of this, many lawyers will not accept these types of cases. At Toro Law, we believe in representing clients of all different backgrounds on a wide range of cases. If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected while under the care of a nursing home, or other long-term memory care facility, please give us a call at Toro Law today. The elderly have become the fastest growing segment of the population, with more and more people relying on long-term care facilities than ever before.
Understanding Nursing Home Abuse
Due to the nature of these crimes, nursing home abuse claims often involve serious injury or wrongful death. According to nursing home regulations, nursing home abuse includes the following:
- Failure to aid with personal hygiene
- Failure to provide food, clothing, and shelter
- Failure to provide adequate medical care
- Failure to prevent malnutrition
- Failure to prevent dehydration
- Failure to prevent slips, trips, or falls
A nursing home resident that has developed the following may be the victim of nursing home abuse:
- Bedsores: Bedsores are also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers.
- Broken bones: Nursing home residents often suffer broken bones because of unnecessary restraint and inappropriate actions on the part of caregivers.
- Slips, trips, and falls: Nursing home negligence leading to falls is common, usually occurring from improper restraint, lack of supervision, or slips and falls from substances on the floor.
- Medication errors: Medication errors include wrong dosages, wrong medications, and failure to dispense medications.
- Starvation and dehydration: Residents are at risk of becoming dehydrated or starving when they are not properly cared for. In some extreme cases, a resident could die because of not getting adequate food and water.
If your elderly loved one has suffered an injury or died because of the actions of a healthcare provider, you should seek counsel from a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling these types of cases. Contact experienced nursing home abuse attorney Moises Briseño and Associates at Toro Law immediately to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. At Toro Law, our attorneys speak fluent English and Spanish and are prepared to fight for your rights today.