A Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer Can Help You
Attorney Scott F. Voorhees in Santa Fe, NM, understands that loss and suffering related to nursing home negligence are far-reaching. As your nursing home negligence lawyer, he will handle every aspect of the legal process so you and your loved one can focus on healing. After 30 years of representing victims of nursing home neglect and mistreatment, he is familiar with the tactics nursing homes use to fight these types of cases. He will be diligent in his pursuit of damages for your loved one’s pain and suffering. Contact Voorhees Law Firm online today or call (505) 820-3302 to discuss your case in detail with Mr. Voorhees.
Types of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home negligence and mistreatment is a unique type of personal injury that can take a variety of forms. Your loved one may suffer physical or emotional neglect or mistreatment. A nursing home employee may also exploit your loved one for financial reasons. Some examples of these types of mistreatment and neglect include:
Physical mistreatment such as hitting or kicking, burns, excessively forceful restraint, and sexual abuse.
Emotional mistreatment such as verbal abuse and isolation.
Failure to provide your loved one with necessities such as food and water, proper attire and hygiene, and medications.
Cashing checks on your loved one’s behalf without permission, forging your loved one’s signature, or coercing your loved one into signing financial or legal documents.
Signs of Neglect or Mistreatment
It can be difficult to detect mistreatment or neglect, as physical signs may not be visible. Bruises are not always indicative of mistreatment, especially if your loved one is unsteady on his or her feet.
Signs of physical or emotional mistreatment or neglect may include:
Bruises, cuts, scratches, or burns.
Sprains, fractures, or broken bones.
Injuries near the breasts or genitals.
Changes in mood or behavior, including agitation and unresponsiveness.
Weight loss and malnutrition.
Untreated bed sores.
Lack of treatment for existing or new health problems.
Signs of financial exploitation can include:
Changes to his or her bank accounts or bank practices.
Additional names added to the signature cards on the account(s).
Changes to a will or other legal documents.
If you suspect your loved one is being mistreated, you should first notify the police. Next, you should reach out to an attorney who handles elder abuse cases.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Elder abuse is unfortunately quite common. Meanwhile, you can be certain that the facility is insured, and that a team of adjusters and attorneys is ready to do everything within their power to make your claim look false or grossly exaggerated. However, when you enlist the help of an attorney versed in personal injury law, you can concentrate on healing knowing that your attorney is gathering evidence and building a case that proves the true extent of damages and loss. Staff and administration may both be held liable for your loved one’s injuries.
Schedule Your Consultation
Mr. Voorhees is a compassionate attorney who will review the facts of your case and provide you with the best legal guidance and representation. If you suspect or have discovered your loved one has been the victim of neglect or mistreatment in a nursing home, contact our law firm online or call (505) 820-3302 to schedule a consultation.