Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
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.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse
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:
- Visible injuries (broken bones, cuts, unexplained scars)
- The patient reports being slapped, pushed, shaken or beaten
- Sexual assault
- Use of unnecessary physical restraints
- Use of sedation not authorized by a doctor
- Unexplained injuries
- The patient has not been allowed out of the room
Emotional abuse is as serious as any other maltreatment. Call a nursing home abuse lawyer if you notice any of these warning signs:
- Your family member or friend is upset or agitated
- The patient will not communicate
- You see new and unexpected behavior (such as rocking in place)
- The patient seems angry and strikes out at family, friends or other patients
- The victim wants to be left alone
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:
- allowing infections to go unchecked
- not preventing bed sores
- ignoring nutrition requirements
- failing to provide proper hygiene
- leaving open wound untreated
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.
Oklahoma Nursing Home Resident Rights
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):
- To be treated with dignity and respect
- Access to social services an activities
- The right to have privacy
- Ability to see and interact with visitors
- Capacity to refuse medication and treatments
- Allowed to be transferred to another facility
- To be informed about their medical condition and type of any medication that are taking
…. just to name a few.
Some common places that elder abuse and neglect can occur in often include:
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living complexes
- Long term care facilities
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.
What to Look for in s Nursing Home
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:
- check for any reviews online
- talk to other residents already at the facility
- observe the condition of the structures on the property
- look for signs of lawn maintenance and other regular upkeep
- check for handrails and easy wheelchair access
- does the heating and cooling work adequately?
- is the food healthy, nutritious and well cooked?
- what is the overall mood of the establishment?
- do the staff care about their residents?
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.
How To Contact Our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
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.
With offices in Oklahoma, we proudly provide legal counsel to many areas including Tulsa.
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.