Geneva Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
Hold Nursing Homes Accountable through Compensation Claims
Moving your loved one into a nursing home environment may happen quickly in a crisis, or slowly, after all the options are carefully weighed. In either case, you have to trust the staff at the nursing home to care for someone near and dear to your heart.
What happens when the staff fails to give the care that you were expecting? If you are concerned or worried that your loved one may be experiencing nursing home negligence, contact Daniel O’Brien, LLC. Nursing home negligence cases can be tricky and full of federal and state regulations that can become confusing to someone unfamiliar with this area of the law.
Fortunately, our Geneva nursing home negligence lawyer has the experience to get your loved one the care and compensation they deserve.
How To Identify Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, nursing home negligence does happen. In fact, it happens in even the more expensive nursing homes, even with the most well-intentioned staff. The truth is that nursing homes are often very understaffed and too busy to give quality and individualized care to every person, every time.
Nursing home negligence can manifest differently and may not always look dangerous on the surface. The most severe instances of abuse within a nursing home can lead to life-threatening injuries and even wrongful death. Other forms of neglect, while harmful to the patient, are not as easy to detect.
Common signs that may indicate your loved one is being abused or neglected include:
- Unexplained bruises and fractures
- Frequent slip and fall accidents
- Missing or incorrect medication
- Emotional withdraw
- Requests to alter legal documents
If you notice any of these signs or have any other reason to believe that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact our personal injury firm right away. We have the knowledge and resources to help you investigate your case and pursue the compensation that your loved one deserves.
Laws Protecting Nursing Home Patients
The most important thing for you to know is that a nursing home cannot treat a patient in any way they want to. There are both federal and state laws that apply to all long-term care facilities regarding how they treat their patients.
The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 establishes the basic standards of care for nursing home patients and declares their fundamental rights.
Under this Act, nursing home residents have the right to:
- Be free from abuse, neglect, and mistreatment
- Be granted privacy
- Be treated with dignity and respect
- Manage one’s own finances
- Have one’s own physician and pharmacy
- Refuse particular treatments
- Be free from restraints
- Speak freely about poor care
- Have visitors
- Use one’s own clothing and possessions
- Be informed of nursing home procedures and policies
The Impact of Filing a Nursing Home Lawsuit
If the rights of you or your loved one have been violated by a nursing home, you can file a claim to make things right and obtain compensation for damages. Your case could provide help for others as well.
Most nursing home negligence cases are an opportunity for policy change at a local or state level. Not only will your loved one be provided with better care after your case, but other seniors in your community can benefit from policy changes for safety that the nursing home makes to assure that the negligent behavior doesn’t happen again.
How O’Brien Law, LLC Can Help
We are honored to walk beside your family during this time, and we take our role seriously.
We work hard to assure that your loved one gets the outcome they deserve and that seniors living at that nursing home benefit from the changes as well.
Let’s make a change for the better. Contact our Geneva nursing home negligence attorney to get started with a free consultation.