NURSING HOME ABUSE ATTORNEYS
Sweet James has a strong reputation for defending the rights of senior citizens and protecting them from neglect and abuse. Too many facilities and caretakers either allow or turn a blind eye to the mistreatment of our elderly family members. We can help end nursing home abuse and recover the compensation needed to move your loved one to a safe and comfortable facility. If you suspect that a family member or friend is a victim of nursing home abuse, call our nursing home abuse attorneys today.
HOW TO IDENTIFY NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Nursing homes can perpetrate elder abuse or neglect in many ways. Abuse is defined as intentionally inflicting emotional or physical harm. Neglect involves the failure of caregivers to provide adequate care. When nursing homes fail to provide adequate staffing, surveillance, and training, residents can suffer from bedsores, falls, malnutrition, and dehydration. See the following examples of physical abuse and neglect:
Failing to provide proper dental care
Failing to offer and/or help residents exercise
Failing to regularly change residents’ linens
Ignoring residents with limited mobility and/or failing to offer activities
Failing to practice proper wound care
Failing to assist residents with proper hygiene
Failing to assist residents to use the restroom
Failing to hydrate residents adequately
Turning off a call light and taking no action upon the resident’s request
HOW COMMON IS NURSING HOME ABUSE?
More than 40 percent of people over the age of 65 live in nursing homes. Although it may be hard to believe, research shows that 1 in 10 of these homes has violated federal standards and harmed residents. The actual number of abuse and neglect incidents is even higher—for every case reported to authorities, approximately five more are left unreported.
IS MY LOVED ONE AT RISK?
According to the US Department of Justice, the trauma of nursing home abuse can result in premature death, the deterioration of physical and psychological health, the destruction of social and familial ties, devastating financial loss, and more. Senior citizens can be mistreated in multiple settings (homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities) by family members, friends and neighbors, professionals, and even strangers. The following factors increase the risk for elder abuse and neglect:
Greater limitations in physical functioning
Presence of cognitive impairment
Behavioral symptoms including physical aggressiveness
By learning the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, you’ll be able to identify subtle signs and intervene early.
Staff prevents visitors from seeing a resident.
Staff refuses to leave visitors alone with a resident.
Tension exists between caregivers and a resident.
Staff makes rude or humiliating comments to a resident.
Physical Signs of Abuse
Broken hearing aids
Injuries to mouth, genitals, or anus
Uncharacteristic withdrawal or anxiety
Sudden changes in personality
Depression, sadness, or frequent crying
Signs of Neglect
Bedsores, pressure sores, and ulcers
Malnutrition and extreme hunger
Extreme weight loss
Occurrence of falls
Uncharacteristic withdrawal or anxiety
If you have noticed any of the warning signs above, please contact us immediately.
WHY DO NURSING HOMES HARM THEIR RESIDENTS?
Often, nursing homes fail to adequately perform background checks on employees that perpetrate elder abuse. One reason for this is understaffing. As nursing homes need more staff to sufficiently perform background checks, for-profit homes sacrifice patient safety to increase their profits. For this reason, for-profit nursing homes have an average of 47 percent more deficiencies than non-profit nursing homes.
Nursing homes that violate health and safety standards need to take responsibility for their actions that harm America’s most frail individuals. Holding negligent nursing homes accountable will improve their safety policies for future residents.
HOW DOES THE INSURANCE CLAIM PROCESS WORK?
You’re not in good hands, and they’re not looking out for you – insurance companies are looking out for themselves.
An insurance adjuster has no incentive to treat you fairly. Their “job well done” is spending as little as possible to settle your insurance claim. There are many tactics adjusters will use, but their motivation is universal – to deny, delay, and devalue your claim. This behavior by insurance companies places a serious financial burden on their policyholders.
These are some of the largest and most powerful companies in the world. They use their resources to increase profits. You need a Sweet James nursing home abuse attorney looking out for you. Studies done by insurance companies show that personal injury victims with attorneys get 40% more money than those without attorneys.
We’ve built our firm on the values embraced by Main Street – not Wall Street. At Sweet James, our goals and yours are perfectly aligned. Our success is based on your success. It is in our interest to get you the best results possible.
With our nursing home abuse lawyers in your corner, you can rest assured that your insurance claim is in the hands of professionals. Let us take care of the details so that you and your loved one can get back to the more important things in life.
HOW DO NURSING HOME CONTINGENCY FEES WORK?
Contingency fees are used most often in personal injury lawsuits or worker’s compensation cases where money is being claimed. According to the American Bar Association, a client pays contingency fees to a nursing home abuse attorney only if the attorney handles the case successfully.
In a contingent fee arrangement, the nursing home abuse attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage of the amount of money finally paid to the client. If you win the case, the nursing home abuse attorney’s fees come out of the money awarded to you. If you lose, neither you nor the nursing home abuse attorney will get any money and you will not be required to pay your attorney for the work they do on the case.
Sweet James nursing home abuse lawyers only get paid if you win.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A NURSING HOME ABUSE CLAIM?
It’s important to remember that state laws impose a time limit on your nursing home abuse claim. Victims must use the appropriate timetable to seek compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, therapy, physical pain, and emotional suffering called the “statute of limitations.” This limit can be as brief as 180 days, or as long as two years.
The advice and guidance of Sweet James nursing home abuse attorneys can help.
WHAT TO DO AFTER NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT IS FOUND?
Nursing home abuse can cause serious injuries, mental problems, and loss of life. After nursing home abuse is detected, protect your loved one and preserve your claim for compensation:
Report nursing home abuse, every state has an Adult Services Protection agency.
If needed, remove your loved one from the facility.
Collect documentation and medical records.
Gather evidence, photos, and witness contact info.
Reach out to Sweet James nursing home abuse lawyers.
RESULTS YOU CAN TRUST
Personal injuries, accidents, and wrongful death are more than just insurance claims. For Sweet James and his experienced nursing home abuse attorneys, it is about making things right. Our aim is to do more than simply win your case; we have made it our mission to maximize your recovery. We want to give each of our clients peace of mind and a springboard to their future.
Visit our Results Page to hear from Actual Clients, read Actual Client Reviews, and see recent recoveries from over $500 million dollars we have recovered for victims.
Don’t let an insurance company stall or devalue your claim – contact a Sweet James nursing home abuse attorney immediately after identifying nursing home abuse.
WHY CHOOSE SWEET JAMES NURSING HOME ABUSE ATTORNEYS?
We expect to win every case! We take your injury personally, and we treat you and your family like our own.
Sweet James nursing home abuse attorneys know the games that insurance companies play and the tactics that are used against our clients. Before founding Sweet James, James defended insurance companies against injury claims. Knowing their playbook has made James an especially persuasive advocate in nursing home abuse lawsuits.
From start to finish, our strategy revolves around you. Developing a relationship with our clients to understand your loss and protect your interests is the cornerstone of our mission.
We know how to do it, and we are very, very good at our jobs. While our compassionate nursing home abuse attorneys focus on maximizing the amount of money you get from your claim, you and your loved one can focus on getting better.
HOW MUCH WILL MY NURSING HOME ABUSE CLAIM BE WORTH?
Nursing home abuse claims are complex. It is almost impossible for an untrained person to determine the real value of their claim. After a free, no-obligation consultation, our nursing home abuse attorneys will help you to immediately determine your next steps. Your loved one’s safety and health are a priority, and your family should not struggle to pay their medical bills while focusing on their wellness.
With a 98% success rate, Sweet James is confident that our nursing home abuse attorneys have the knowledge and skills needed to get you the results you are hoping for. Paying no fees unless we win your case, this is the nursing home abuse attorney you want fighting by your side.