Nursing Home Abuse
When you make the hard decision to put a loved one in a nursing home you expect the care they receive to be the very best. You want sound mind that your loved one is being take care of in the same manner as if they were in your home. However, gross violations occur every single day. The Kansas City nursing abuse attorneys at the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm can help you and your family.
What types of nursing home cases to we handle?
- Bed Sores, pressure sores
- Wandering and Elopement
- Verbal abuse
- Medication Errors
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Physical Restraint
- Sexual Abuse
Are nursing abuse cases common?
Yes. Nursing home negligence is an ongoing and serious problem in the United States. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one and twenty nursing home patients are abused or neglected. Also, the National Center reported that 57% of nurse’s aides working in long-term care facilities have admitted to witnessing someone being neglected or abused.
Nursing homes are businesses and they are run like a business. Nursing homes are constantly cutting costs and staff to improve the bottom line. While doing this they are packing the residents in to improve the facility’s profitability. Nursing home neglect may be a product of the ownership cutting costs to improve the bottom line.
Detecting Abuse & Neglect
How do I know if my loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home?
Sometimes it is very difficult to determine if your loved one is being properly watched, cared for and supervised. It is not enough to go to the facilities because they may be covering up their neglect. Common signs of neglect or abuse include:
- Weight loss
- Bed sores
- Torn or bloody clothing
- Broken bones
- Changing to heavy medications because of alleged behavior
- Caretaker does not have answers to why certain changes are happening in your loved one.
- Sudden agitation
There is also non-physical abuse such as financial exploitation. Caregivers may take advantage of the elderly or weakened financially by:
- Misusing the elder’s checks, accounts, or credit cards
- Stealing their identity
- Forging Signatures
- Making up phony charities for a your loved one to give compensation to
You should not have to worry about your loved one in a nursing home. Nursing homes were designed to help your loved one when they cannot help themselves anymore. If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at The Krause & Kinsman Law Firm. We will thoroughly investigate your claim, hire expert witnesses and aggressively hold the care facility accountable. Contact the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm for your free case evaluation.