What You Should Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
If you suspect or notice any of the signs of nursing home abuse, it is important that you know how best to proceed. If you fear your loved one is in eminent danger, you should notify the police and move your loved one to a safe place immediately. In these instances, you or someone you trust should remain with your loved one until other arrangements can be made.
In all cases of suspected nursing home abuse, the supervisor and management of the home should be notified. A report should also be filed with the state ombudsman. These parties have an obligation to protect nursing home residents’ rights by investigating all reports of mistreatment. Unfortunately, neither action nor justice can be guaranteed by simply filing a report. To make sure your loved one is protected and proper action for compensation is taken, you will need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney on your side.
Document The Abuse
Among the most effective ways to build a case against a nursing home is full documentation. Some ways to do this include:
- Keep a written record, including the date and time, of any signs of abuse or neglect
- Take photographs of physical signs of abuse
- Get the contact information of any potential witnesses
- Get copies of your loved one’s medical records
- Record the date and time of reports you file with the nursing home or with your state ombudsman
Remember that many nursing homes are run by corporations with powerful attorneys on their side. Even thorough documentation can be dismissed when you approach these companies without the help of an attorney. In order to ensure your loved one’s rights are protected, the help of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney will be necessary.
Protecting Victims Of Nursing Home Abuse
For more than two decades, The Hornbuckle Firm has been holding nursing homes accountable for their abusive and negligent actions. Our firm won a $39 million jury verdict against a nursing home in 1989. This was the first major verdict against a nursing home in the United States, and the first of many that have been secured for our clients since. We know the tactics that nursing homes use to quietly dismiss charges of abuse, and we know exactly what needs to be done to hold them accountable for these terrible injustices.
Even with ample documentation, nursing home litigation can be incredibly complex. With our experience, resources, and refusal to back down, we can take the actions necessary to protect your loved one and get your family justice.
If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please call (425) 679-0742 or contact The Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. The firm has litigated cases in Washington, Tennessee, and Texas. We accept cases from all states throughout the country.
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