Nursing homes and nursing facilities should provide a safe, supportive environment for senior citizens, with qualified staff members, nurses, and aids administering quality care.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect can occur, leaving residents at risk and vulnerable. Obtaining legal counsel is a way to right the wrongs of abuse and neglect.
If you or a loved one has experienced abuse in a St. Louis area care facility, you may qualify for compensation through legal action. Contact an experienced attorney from TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation case consultation and formal legal advice.
You can also use our chatbot to receive a free case evaluation to find out if you qualify for a lawsuit right away.
By taking legal action and bringing scrutiny to malicious behavior of abusive staff, you may be help reduce future harm to other nursing home residents.
TorHoerman Law operates on a contingency fee basis for all clients, so there are no upfront costs if you do choose to file a lawsuit.
Some studies find that almost 27% of all nursing home residents experience some type of abuse. Because of the diminished mental capacity of many residents, it is difficult to know exactly how often nursing home abuse occurs.
If you believe that you may qualify to file a nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence lawsuit, contact the attorneys at TorHoerman Law to discuss your legal options right away. TorHoerman Law offers a free and confidential consultation to all potential clients and will provide guidance to any person seeking advice on nursing home abuse cases in general.
Nursing home abuse is not always easy to detect. Staff can threaten or intimidate residents into not speaking out, and not all signs are obvious. If there is any suspected abuse occurring at a facility, contact authorities immediately. While each case is unique, there are common signs of abuse to look for:
Reports of non-consensual sexual contact or sexual assault, injuries to the anus or genitalia, unexplained injuries or bleeding are all signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home.
If a loved one is showing any signs of abuse, you should contact the police right away.
Poor personal hygiene, signs of malnourishment, unattended medical needs, and skin ulcers or bed sores are all warning signs of nursing home neglect. Be sure to address any of these signs with staff members.
Nursing home neglect cases are extremely serious: if you suspect abuse and an assisted living facility fails to provide adequate care, contact authorities as soon as possible. Neglect victims are often wary to speak out about the issues going on in a nursing facility.
Lack of proper medical attention and adequate care, unclean clothing or bedding, and unclean living conditions are all signs of a nursing home abandonment.
Medical malpractice or errors, such as staff forgetting to give residents medication, can also be an example of nursing home neglect or abandonment. Again, address these issues with a nursing home staff member right away and keep records of all conversations you have.
Unpaid bills, missing personal property, sudden changes in living arrangements, and unexplained financial changes or asset depletion are all signs that an elderly person is being taken advantage of by nursing home employees, nursing facility management, or another party.
An investigative report conducted by the U.S Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services linked two deaths at the Florissant senior care facility to staff negligence. A nursing home resident died after bleeding to death in 2017. In 2016, a resident was found dead in a bathtub after being left unsupervised for eight hours.
The Missouri Dept. of Health and Human Services issued the Creve Coeur nursing home citations after three nursing home residents with dementia were found outside in freezing temperatures. State inspectors reported that Autumn View staff put residents in imminent danger.
The North County nursing home was accused of mishandling a tube feeding that led to a resident’s wrongful death. The Associated Press reported that an inspection found the resident was fed through a tube in half the time period prescribed and that a nurse failed to adequately monitor the feeding.
All St Louis area nursing homes have to meet mandatory state standards. These regulations determine if senior care facilities are providing safe, high-quality care for all residents. State regulatory teams inspect nursing homes to evaluate facilities and their staff, procedures, equipment, finances, and policies.
Navigating legal issues after a traumatic incident such as nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence can be difficult. Choosing an experienced personal injury attorney to protect you, a family member, or a loved one's legal rights can be an extra, unneeded stress.Hiring a personal injury lawyer is a major decision, so you should go into it fully informed. Making an informed decision on legal representation is paramount. When hiring a lawyer, you should be able to focus on you and your loved one’s well-being while the legal team works hard on your case.
A nursing home abuse lawyer will be able to act on your behalf, doing the following:
We're not like other personal injury attorneys: TorHoerman Law has achieved more than $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements for a variety of cases. Our past results and proven track record afford us recognition as some of the best personal injury lawyers in Southern Illinois.We have some of the best attorneys in the state staffed on our team. A number of our attorneys have been named Top Lawyers in Illinois and Top 100 Lawyers in the state of Illinois; prestigious awards given through nominations by their peers in the industry. Our personal injury attorneys are deeply experienced with both Missouri and Illinois laws. THL's focus is based solely on providing competent legal services, building an attorney client relationship, and to make sure negligent parties are held accountable. We will work hard to recover compensation for the serious injuries you or your family members have suffered. Consider contacting TorHoerman Law for a free consultation during your search for a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney.
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Bernhard, Blythe. “Creve Coeur Nursing Home Cited for Neglect after Three Residents Found Outside in Freezing Temperatures.” STLtoday.com, 14 Apr. 2018, www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/creve-coeur-nursing-home-cited-for-neglect-after-three-residents-found-outside-in-freezing-temperatures/article_f172879d-d746-5c6c-9486-de5f68b3dce9.html.
“Elder Abuse Prevention.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 June 2017,www.cdc.gov/Features/ElderAbuse/.
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Press, The Associated. “Report: Missouri Nursing Home Resident Died from Overfeeding.” The Seattle Times, The Seattle Times Company, 21 Sept. 2017,www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/report-missouri-nursing-home-resident-died-from-overfeeding/
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