Nursing home abuse can shatter lives. When you or a loved one has been the target of any form of nursing home abuse, understanding your options for fighting back and holding an abuser or abusers accountable can be central to recovering and rebuilding your life.
At the Law Office of James H. Guest, we've helped countless victims of nursing home abuse and family members of abused victims seek the justice and compensation they deserve from careless nurses, orderlies, staff and nursing home facilities. We will handle all legal matters while you focus on what matters most: recovering and getting back to your life. You're in good hands when you work with our attorneys.
Nursing home abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual and/or financial in nature. Some examples include:
- Physical abuse like improperly restraining residents or hitting, kicking or pushing residents
- Emotional abuse, such yelling, insulting, threatening, humiliating or swearing at residents
- Sexual abuse like sexual assault or improper touching
- Financial abuse, such as stealing from residents
Here, it's important to note that:
- Nursing home abuse can be perpetrated by various parties, including nursing home staff, other residents or visitors to the home.
- There is a distinction between nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. While abuse involves intentionally inflicting harm, neglect typically involves failure to provide the necessary care or basic support. Despite this difference, however, nursing home abuse and neglect can both be the basis of personal injury claims.
- Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can include emotional withdrawal, anxiety, depression and sudden, dramatic weight loss (outside of a physical condition). Being familiar with these signs is important to knowing when to seek help for a loved one who may be the victim of nursing home abuse.
If you have been the target of nursing home abuse or if you suspect a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect:
- Seek immediate medical care if necessary - If the abuse has caused injuries or put the victim's health or life in danger, getting the proper medical treatments and care should be the top priority.
- Report the abuse - If the abuse was criminal in nature, file a report with police. In addition to making a police report, you can also report nursing home abuse to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The DCPHE report can be filed anonymously, and it will spark an investigation into the claim and facility. The results of that investigation could lead to fines, sanctions and/or facility closures.
- Contact a lawyer - An attorney can analyze the facts and evidence and inform you of your legal options for seeking recovery. A lawyer can also identify all liable parties and help you proceed with a claim.
While you and your loved ones focus on healing from the damage caused by nursing home abuse, you can count on the experienced legal team at the Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C., for:
- Personal, one-on-one attention from an experienced attorney from start to finish
- Comprehensive, high-quality legal representation
- Extensive litigation experience and a track record of success at trial
- Help seeking the compensation and justice you're entitled to
For more than 30 years, our focus has been on helping personal injury victims feel empowered, not frustrated, about their abuse claim. We do this by handling everything and making sure compensation for devastating injuries, psychological traumas and wrongful death are adequate and fair.
While compensation can never undo the damage caused by nursing home abuse and neglect, it can be central to helping victims get the care, help and support they need to heal in the aftermath. You don't have to take on this challenge alone. The Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C., in Denver can help.
Attending a free, no obligations case evaluation can be an important first step to protecting your rights and setting a nursing home abuse claim up for the best possible outcome. Call contact us online to schedule an appointment.
From office in Denver, we are proud to represent clients from across the state of Colorado in nursing home abuse and neglect claims. There is no fee for our services if there is no recovery in your case.