Denver Attorneys for Cases of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When your family decides that it is best for an aging loved one to move into a nursing home, you do not expect to have to worry about instances of staff misconduct. Most people assume that caregivers, administrators and other nursing home employees are there because they are passionate about helping people during their later stages in life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Intentional and unintentional forms of misconduct are both common; and, tragically, an alarming number of nursing home staff members choose to mistreat the residents in their care.
If you or a family member has been mistreated or abused by nursing home staff, our attorneys can hold the nursing home accountable for your losses. Nursing homes have a legal obligation to protect their residents, and this extends to the selection and supervision of their employees. Whether your nursing home failed to give due consideration to an incident in a staff member’s previous employment or failed to adequately protect against the risk of staff misconduct, we can use the law to make sure you and your loved ones receive the care and compensation you deserve.
Examples of Staff Misconduct in Nursing Homes
In a nursing home, staff misconduct can take many different forms. As a general rule, staff members should always act with residents’ best interests in mind. If a staff member’s conduct seems questionable, or if you witness clear evidence of neglect or abuse, you should take action promptly in order to prevent any further harm.
Some of the most common examples of staff misconduct in nursing homes include:
- Neglecting residents’ basic needs
- Over-medicating residents or withholding residents’ medications
- Physical abuse of residents (including pushing, grabbing and slapping)
- Preventing residents from contacting friends and family
- Sexual abuse, including harassment, inappropriate touching and sexual assault
- Theft, attempting to exercise undue influence, and other forms of financial fraud
- Withholding access to hygienic needs or medical care
- Yelling or swearing at residents, insulting residents, and other forms of emotional abuse
Effects of Nursing Home Staff Misconduct
The effects of nursing home staff misconduct can be severe; and, in many cases, they can be life-long. Residents who have been mistreated and abused will often suffer from dangerous and chronic medical conditions, and they can experience severe emotional trauma. At Levine Law, we have decades of experience representing nursing home residents and families who have experienced situations very similar to yours. We understand the devastation that neglect and abuse can cause, and we believe strongly in fighting to protect seniors’ legal rights.
If you or a family member has experienced any of the following, we urge you to contact us promptly for a free consultation:
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Emotional withdrawal
- Hygienic issues
- Medication errors
- Physical injuries
- Other unexplained physical or psychological symptoms
Speak with a Denver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Levine Law
To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. You can call 303-333-8000 to speak with a member of our staff directly or send us your contact information and we will be in touch as soon as possible.