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Nursing Home Abuse

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According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, somewhere between one and two million elderly individuals ages 65 and over suffer some type of abuse. Elder abuse may be financial, physical, sexual, emotional or verbal.  The consequences of elder abuse are serious; the Senior Journal indicates that a senior who is the victim of any type of abuse is three times as likely to die within three years as a non-abused senior.

Much of the abuse of elderly individuals takes place in nursing homes, which are supposed to provide care and support for people during their golden years. This is a tragic and unacceptable situation. Nursing homes that engage in any type of abuse or neglect must be held accountable and made to pay for what they have done. If you or a loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse, the dedicated Denver personal injury lawyers at Levine Law want to help you take action.

Consequences of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can happen to any nursing home resident. It often occurs as a result of overstaffed nursing homes, insufficient background checks, and stressed nursing home staff.  Nursing home staff may:

  • fail to provide proper care to seniors
  • provide incorrect dosages of medication,
  • medicate a senior unnecessarily to make the senior’s behavior easier to manage, or
  • actively engage in intentional abuse.

The consequences of abuse depend upon the type of abuse that occurs. Some examples of injuries or damage that abused nursing home residents can suffer include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bed sores/pressure sores
  • Broken bones or bruises, whether intentionally inflicted or obtained from falling due to improper supervision and care
  • Burns
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Depression due to physical or emotional abuse or neglect
  • Heat stroke/heat exhaustion
  • Exacerbation of medical conditions if medication is not properly administered
  • Complications from unnecessary antipsychotic drugs
  • Overdoses of medication

Financial abuse can strip elderly individuals of their possessions and financial security while physical, verbal, or emotional abuse can cause other injuries.

What to Do When Nursing Home Abuse Occurs

If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, a Denver injury lawyer can help you to hold the nursing home and the abusive staff member legally responsible for any injuries that occurred. You will need to prove that neglect or intentional abuse occurred, and the lawyers at Levine Law can help you gather the evidence you need.

Adults who work their whole life deserve to be well-taken care of in their golden years, making nursing home abuse a particularly egregious type of wrongdoing. At Levine Law, we take our role as advocates for nursing home abuse victims seriously, and we will fight vigorously to obtain the maximum compensation available under the law. Contact our Denver nursing home abuse lawyers online or at (303) 333–8000 to learn more about how we can help you.

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