Kansas City Elder Abuse Attorney
Elderly patients are often at the mercy of the caretakers who attend to them, and the nursing home has a legal obligation to provide a safe living environment. At Wendt Law Firm P.C., our experienced elder abuse attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case to determine if you have a claim against the nursing home or one of its employees, and then negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure you receive the full financial compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case.
Kansas City Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
An estimated one in three nursing homes provides substandard care and more than 500,000 adults over the age of 60 are abused or neglected every year. If an elderly loved one has suffered injuries as a result of negligence or intentional wrongdoing in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is imperative that you seek legal representation to ensure that their rights are protected and the responsible parties are held accountable. Among the causes of nursing home injuries are medication errors, negligent supervision, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. But our nursing home neglect lawyers have decades of experience helping our elders.
Common Nursing Home Abuses and Signs of Neglect
Pressure Sores (Decubitus Ulcers)
A bedsore, sometimes more commonly known as a pressure ulcer, is one of the most noticeable warning signs of possible nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Usually the result of being confined for a long period of time in bed, they develop due to friction, unrelieved pressure, and temperature. They can appear on any part of the body, but are most usually found around bony areas such as the elbow, knees or ankles. While they are easily prevented by keeping the patient from resting in one position for too long, they are sadly the leading iatrogenic cause of death.
Bedsores occur in four stages, starting with superficial reaction (hotter skin, odd texture and mild pain) in Stage I to the more severe Stage IV where the wound can begin to affect even the muscle and bone. There are ways of treating bedsores with varying healing times (if at all), but the very best way to address bedsores is through prevention. If your loved one has suffered from pressure ulcers due to the abuse or negligence of a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact us.
Bedsores are painful, and worse, can be indicative of other abusive or neglectful behavior on the part of the care facility in question. To ensure that you and your loved one are receiving the necessary amount of financial compensation, a knowledgeable attorney should be brought in at the onset of the case. At Wendt Law Firm P.C., we fully understand the ramifications of bedsores and other damages incurred from improper care. We are completely dedicated to giving the victims of such treatment the legal support they need to move forward in their case.
Dehydration and Malnutrition
Due to understaffed nursing homes and those running with inexperienced staffs in general, nursing home neglect is becoming more and more common. While many assume this is less severe than the physical or emotional abuse associated with nursing home abuse, in fact the effects of nursing home neglect can be just as brutal. One of the most common signs of neglectful treatment is dehydration and malnutrition.
As our loved ones grow older, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to stay nourished and receive all of their daily nutrients. Often, it takes an alert and persistent staff to ensure that they are eating and drinking enough to keep them at optimum health. Homes running on too low of a budget can also sometimes simply not afford enough food to properly feed all of their residents, or have to compromise with food of less quality. When anything of this nature fails to happen, your loved can begin to grow ill. They can suffer side effects such as lethargy, weakness, drastic weight loss and light-headedness. Health is increasingly important as they grow older and should never be put in jeopardy by a careless or negligent staff.
Slip and Falls
As our loved ones continue to grow older, their bodies continue to grow more frail and vulnerable. While in youth they might have been able to handle the rigors and stress of daily life, it becomes increasingly easy to injure themselves. With frail and brittle bones, even the simplest of falls can end in painful consequences – in severe consequences, even death.
When we place our loves on the care of a nursing home, we are trusting that they will always put the patient first, keeping a steady eye on them during the day to ensure that they are not putting themselves in precarious situations. There are, however, nursing homes that simply do not watch out for the wellbeing of their residents as we trust them to. When they begin to act negligent and careless, patients can begin to attempt to do things for themselves. Whether reaching for something or performing some other task that should be handled by the staff, they can slip or trip, and fall. These falls can occur while standing, while lying in a bed or while in a wheelchair. If they are not being cared for properly, they can even be left in this frightening position for extended periods of time, unable to stand or reach a call button.
Hiring a Kansas City Elder Neglect Attorney
Whatever your abuse may be, our injury attorneys will spend time understanding your case, investigating nursing homes and taking the best course of action for you and your family. Do not hesitate to contact Wendt Law Firm P.C. today if your loved one has suffered from a personal injury due to nursing home neglect or abuse.