Mintz Law Firm
Denver Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Lawyers
When you place an elderly family member in a nursing home, you’re putting a large amount of trust in the establishment and its staff to care for and respect them. We like to believe that nursing homes are facilities where our loved ones will be treated with dignity, care, love, and respect. When that trust is broken in the form of elder abuse—which occurs when a resident suffers harm or neglect—it can lead to serious illness, severe injury, psychological damage, and even death.
Thousands of elderly Americans suffer from neglect and abuse in nursing homes each year. Even care facilities that don’t intend harm can indirectly cause injury through careless or negligent behaviors such as understaffed facilities or improperly trained personnel. When nursing homes put profits over people and fail to ensure that residents are receiving the level of care they deserve, it’s important that you take immediate action to prosecute those who are responsible for their injuries.
What Causes Elder Home Abuse and Neglect?
There are several factors that can lead to nursing home abuse and neglect, though it depends on the individual nursing home and the caliber of its care staff and facility management. Some of the most frequent types of elder abuse come in the form of:
Defined as non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, sexual abuse is a form of mistreatment that frequently goes unreported and under-investigated. Any form of sexual contact with a person who is unable to give consent is also considered sexual abuse. This exploitation may come in the form of physical touching or inappropriate verbal harassment. Likewise, it may occur between a staff member and resident or when staff ignores mistreatment between residents.
As a person ages, they become more prone to slipping and falling. As a result, federal and state regulations require nursing facilities to constantly evaluate a senior’s risk level for falling and to provide adequate precautions and protections.
It’s important that you and your loved one ask the nursing home management staff about their fall prevention practices. Aging may not be avertable, but it can be managed, and environmental factors that increase the risk of nursing home falls can be addressed. If your elderly loved one suffers a fall, they may be a victim of neglect. Perhaps their risk of falling wasn’t properly assessed or protective measures weren’t taken.
One of the most common forms of elder abuse is medication errors, which encompasses any mistake in the prescribing, dispensing, or administering of a drug. This type of abuse is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, having surpassed Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Medication errors are often the result of ineffective prescribing, sloppy handwriting, misleading packaging, incorrect dispensing, and issues with manufacturing. Though these kinds of mistakes can happen in any healthcare setting—from hospitals and surgery centers to medical offices and pharmacies—they’re especially prevalent in nursing homes.
Pressure sores can be a major problem in nursing facilities. These wounds can cost thousands of dollars to treat and can even increase a resident’s risk of death. For these reasons, federal regulations mandate that nursing homes regularly assess patients for pressure sore risks and implement preventive care plans to mitigate these hazards. Failure to do so may be grounds for a negligence claim.
Contact the Expert Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Lawyers at Mintz Law Firm
Our elderly population deserves the best care and treatment during their golden years, but it’s often difficult for residents to speak out and stand up for their rights. Whether your loved one has been injured as the result of sexual abuse, medication errors, or dangerous conditions, we’re here to give them a voice and fight for their rights. Our Denver nursing home abuse lawyers may be able to thoroughly investigate the incident and provide evidence to prove that another party was responsible so that your loved one can be compensated for their losses.
With over 150 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Mintz Law Firm understand the ins and outs of Colorado nursing home negligence and abuse law and will help you achieve the best results possible based on the circumstances of the case. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the compassion to empathize with those suffering from harm done by others and will work tirelessly to protect your rights. For a free consultation, call (303) 462-2999 or complete our online contact form today.