In a report recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics, it was noted that there are currently 1.4 million people that are living in nursing homes in the United States.
Unfortunately, while the nursing home business itself is more than a $3.4 BILLION dollar industry, over 88% of all nursing homes here in the US have staffing levels that are too low to provide an acceptable level of care to their residents - with there also being a reported 16% drop in the amount of time that nursing assistants give to their residents each day.
If you have evidence or believe that a family member or friend has been subjected to abusive treatment from their caretakers, contact our Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorney today. They may be entitled to compensation for the damages they have received - including any required medical treatments and pain and suffering.
At the law offices of The Edwards Law Firm we can help determine the merits of your claim and only get paid if our clients receive compensation from their claim.
To learn more about your options, simply fill out the "Free Case Evaluation" form located to the right, or call our offices today at 800-304-9246.
A nursing home resident can suffer both physically and emotionally, regardless of which kind of poor treatment or neglect that he or she is being subjected to. These types of abuse are generally classified into three separate groups:
Some signs of physical abuse can include:
Emotional abuse is as serious as any other maltreatment. Call a nursing home abuse lawyer if you notice any of these warning signs:
Medical abuse is also an important factor in such cases - especially when considering the often frail nature of nursing home residents. Common examples of negligence can often involve doctors, nurses and other staff members who fail to take care of existing health issues.
These issues can include:
It is a wise choice to call our Oklahoma personal injury lawyer if you observe dirty conditions in the home, if the clothing or the patient is unclean, or if you observe safety hazards such as malfunctioning beds.
It is VERY IMPORTANT for nursing home residents and victims to remember that THEY HAVE RIGHTS! They are 100% justified in expecting to live in a safe, secure environment.
A list of these rights can include (but are not limited to):
.... just to name a few.
Some common places that elder abuse and neglect can occur in often include:
Understandably, every facility is different, which is why it is important to perform a thorough investigation of any nursing home before sending a loved one to be care for at that location.
If you are the person that is responsible, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you personally would want to take residence in the facility that you are considering for your family member or loved one.
Some tips to consider are:
By at least considering and applying some of these tips, you can help to ensure that your family member or loved one is in a nursing home facility that is likely to be an enjoyable place for them to reside.
In many nursing home abuse cases, the patient or resident may feel ashamed and embarrassed at the fact that they are receiving such cruel treatment - they may also have been intimidated by the staff into remaining silent. Our nursing home attorneys give the helpless a voice.
Nursing home residents have rights and our nursing home abuse lawyers fight to protect those rights.
.... just to name a few.
We also work on a contingency-only basis. This means that we only charge you for our fees and services if we obtain a settlement or verdict for your case.
To find out more, please contact us on 1-800-304-9246 - a member from our intake team will answer your call and collect some of the details about your incident and then quickly refer you to one of our attorneys - it's that easy.
If you would like to start immediately, simply fill out the "Free Case Review" form at the top of this page - it's FREE.