McAlester Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
You might assume that nursing home abuse is a rare occurrence that only happens in lower quality assisted living centers, but a Fact Sheet published by the Center for Justice & Democracy disproves this theory. In a study, researchers found that large for-profit nursing homes cause more harm to patients, typically due to understaffing. Whether it’s you or a loved one who suffers from mistreatment at these facilities, the losses can be considerable.
It may come as some relief to know that you may have rights under Oklahoma nursing home abuse laws. It’s possible to hold an assisted living center, administrators, and staff accountable, our team at Levinson Law, P.C. can help recover compensation for your losses. Please contact our office to set up a no-cost case evaluation with a McAlester nursing home abuse lawyer who can explain your options. You may also find it useful to review some background information on spotting the signs and tips on what to do.
Injuries That May Indicate Nursing Home Abuse
There are multiple forms of mistreatment at assisted living centers, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and financial exploitation. In addition, some misconduct may amount to nursing home neglect, which is general carelessness in operating the facility.
It’s often the job of family and friends to spot the signs of abuse in an assisted living facility, since a resident may be unable or unwilling to complain about mistreatment. Therefore, you should watch for various forms of harm, including:
- Bruises, cuts, abrasions, and other signs of physical trauma;
- The presence of ligature marks at the wrists and ankles, which may indicate that the nursing home unlawfully used physical restraints;
- Sexually transmitted diseases and injuries to and around the genitals;
- Emotional trauma, in which the resident may appear withdrawn, fearful, angry, or depressed;
- Bedsores, indicating that the person has remained bedridden for an extended time; and,
- Inability to pay bills, overdrawn accounts, and changes to estate planning documents.
What to do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
Your first priority when you suspect mistreatment is to contact Levinson Law, P.C. for legal assistance. We can help you get the resident to safety and notify the proper authorities in Oklahoma. From there, we will develop a strategy to get monetary damages through a nursing home abuse claim. After investigating the details, we’ll request fair compensation from the facility. If the responsible parties refuse to pay a reasonable amount for your losses, we’ll file a lawsuit in court. Our goal is to seek all monetary damages allowed by law, including:
- Expenses for medical care to treat the resident’s injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and,
- Punitive damages in cases involving extreme levels of abuse.
Trust a McAlester Nursing Home Abuse Attorney to Protect Your Interests
If you or a loved one suffered harm because of mistreatment at an assisted living facility, please contact Levinson Law, P.C. right away to schedule your free consultation. One of our nursing home abuse lawyers can advise you on your legal rights and remedies after reviewing your specific circumstances.