Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Southeast WA
If you’re hesitating to contact a nursing home neglect lawyer Southeast WA trusts because you’re unsure of whether your loved one is being neglected, please schedule a confidential, risk-free consultation now. Speaking with the team at Telaré Law will not obligate you to take any legal action, but it will allow you a better sense of what your loved one’s situation is, what your rights are, and what you need to do next to make an informed decision about your circumstances.
Neglecting Vulnerable Adults
The decision to place an aging parent or other loved one in a nursing home is a very difficult one. Even under the best circumstances, the choice is often accompanied by significant guilt and worry. How will your loved one cope? Will they be lonely? Is the nursing home safe?
Unfortunately, circumstances are often far from ideal, and the latter question becomes an important one. Nursing home abuse and neglect are significant problems in facilities in Washington and across the United States. Sadly, the problem is becoming more widespread as America’s baby boomers reach retirement age and the population skews older.
According to the Washington State Office of Attorney General, nursing home residents are classified as vulnerable adults, which means they are unable to provide for their own basic needs independently due to age, disease or disability.
The term carries legal implications for those who commit abuse or neglect, but it is also an important descriptor that reminds us of the difficult position nursing home patients are in. Despite their decades of age, experience and wisdom, they must usually rely on others to meet their most basic needs. Therefore, it is critical for the rest of us to hold nursing home staff to the highest levels of care and professionalism. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to speak with a Southeast WA nursing home neglect lawyer if you suspect that your loved one is suffering from mistreatment, even if you don’t know that mistreatment is happening “for sure.” By speaking with a knowledgeable attorney and exploring your options, you’ll be able to rest assured that you’re taking action if doing so is warranted or that your situation is actually less dire than you perceive it to be. Speaking with an attorney can help to uncover the truth, whatever that may be, and to clarify your loved one’s rights under the law.
Examples and Evidence of Nursing Home Neglect
Even in the absence of intentional abuse, neglect of vulnerable adults can lead to devastating consequences. If you notice any of the following in your loved one, it may be time to contact our firm:
- Poor hygiene
- Bed sores or other bodily sores
- Significant weight loss without an underlying diagnosis
- Sudden changes in behavior, like agitation, without an underlying diagnosis
- Reports that your loved one has wandered off the premises
- Unexplained injuries that could be consistent with falling
- An unkempt living space, including unchanged linens and unemptied bed pans
- Wearing the same outfit for days in a row
Taking Action and Protecting Your Loved One
What can you do if you suspect that your loved one is being neglected? There are a number of options. If the danger or harm is imminent, you can immediately call 911 and stay with your loved one to ensure they are taken to safety. If your loved one is not in immediate danger, you can contact our firm to discuss legal options, including filing a civil lawsuit against the at-fault facility for endangering or harming your loved one through neglect.
Nursing Home Myths
When you and your family cannot provide care for an aging parent or loved one, your only option may be placement in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. Placement in a home is hard on both you and the loved one needing care. There is some level of comfort in knowing that licensed nurses are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nursing homes also have certified nursing aides who provide the bulk of the care to the residents. Because of this structure, many people assume that their loved ones will receive the same level of care they received in a hospital. Unfortunately, this is far from the case in most facilities, and there may be times when you will need to consult a nursing home neglect lawyer in Southeast WA. Here are three nursing home myths you should know and when to contact an attorney for questions.
An Understaffed Facility Is Safe
If the staff members complain about an understaffed facility, this could lead to neglect in care. If your loved one has been wearing the same clothes or the bed linens are soiled each time you visit, this could be a sign of an understaffed facility. Staffing issues could increase falls and lead to bedsores because the residents are not repositioned regularly while in bed. Unexplained weight loss is also a sign of neglect and should be monitored, especially if your loved one needs help feeding themselves. Contact a nursing home neglect lawyer in Southeast, WA at Telare Law for an appointment if you observe any signs of abuse or neglect.
Sleeping All Day Is Okay
Suppose your loved one is placed in a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation, and they are fully alert when they are admitted, yet you find them asleep at odd hours each time you visit. In that case, this could be a sign of over-medication. When a resident is intentionally given too much medication, this is a sign of abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is over-medicated, contact Telare Law, a nursing home neglect lawyer in Southeast, WA for an appointment.
Nursing Homes Are Supposed to Smell Bad
Contrary to popular belief, a nursing home should not have an offensive odor on a regular basis. A constant odor could indicate that the facility is untidy or the residents are not regularly bathed. Unclean environments lead to infections and are a sign of neglect. If your loved one contracted an infection while living in a nursing home, contact an attorney at Telare Law to answer to review your case.
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Our attorneys are committed to helping injury victims throughout Southeast Washington, including nursing home residents and their families. To discuss your concerns during a confidential consultation, call us to speak with an experienced Southeast WA nursing home neglect lawyer today.