Have you or a loved one experienced negligence or abuse in an Indianapolis nursing home? Call (317) 225-5400 for a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys.
Estimates of the prevalence of nursing home negligence vary widely. While some studies have suggested that approximately one in 10 nursing home residents may experience some form of abuse or neglect during their lifetime, others put the rate of neglect as high as 95 percent.
Regardless of which figure is correct, we know that the rate of nursing home negligence is far higher than it should be. We also know that the prevalence of nursing home neglect is severely underreported due to both (i) the embarrassment, uncertainty, and intimidation of residents who have experienced neglect, and (ii) the efforts of nursing home administrators and staff to obfuscate improper conduct. If you are concerned about neglect or abuse in an Indianapolis nursing home, you are not alone, and it is important that you speak with our Indianapolis Nursing Home abuse lawyers promptly.
At Caress Worland Law Group, our Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys provide experienced and compassionate legal representation for nursing home residents who have experienced neglect and abuse. Founding attorney Tim Caress has more than 20 years of experience representing victims and their families, and our firm has successfully represented clients in multiple cases against nursing homes in the greater Indianapolis area. Unfortunately, in cases of neglect and abuse, nursing home residents’ situations tend to get worse before they get better. Because of this, if you have any concerns about the level of care you or a loved one has received in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free initial consultation.
Many people are confused about the meaning of the term “nursing home negligence.” In Indiana, nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide their residents with the support and care they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Any practice, action, or failure to act that falls short of meeting this obligation can potentially support a claim for nursing home negligence. This includes the actions of caregivers, administrators, professional staff members, janitorial staff, and other employees.
In many cases, seniors and their families will have claims against their nursing homes based upon negligent hiring and supervisory practices. Before entrusting a caregiver with the wellbeing an aging individual who is unable to fully provide for himself or herself; and before entrusting other personnel with access to residents’ rooms, medications, and personal belongings; nursing homes must ensure that these individuals are appropriately qualified to work in the nursing home setting. This means that they must have adequate training regarding senior care, they must be able to identify when medical intervention may be necessary, and they must not have a background which suggests that they present a risk to residents’ physical or financial security.
Sadly, nursing homes too often place financial considerations above their residents’ safety and wellbeing. They hire inexperienced caregivers without confirming their credentials, and they choose not to spend money on background checks for their employees. As a result, they are willfully ignorant to the risks their senior residents face on a daily basis. And when something goes wrong, they can – and should – be held fully accountable.
Failure to Seek Medical Care
Inadequate Access to Nutrition, Hydration, and Hygiene
Inadequate Supervision and Monitoring of Residents
Medication Issues and Errors
Physical, Sexual, and Financial Abuse
Use of Defective Equipment
Use of Physical and Chemical Restraints
Due to the variety of types of nursing home negligence, the symptoms and warning signs of improper care are quite extensive as well. While the following are among the most common effects of nursing home negligence, once again, if you have any concerns, you should speak with our Indianapolis nursing home abuse lawyers as soon as possible:
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Bed sores (pressure ulcers)
- Falls and fractures
- Over-medication or unused medications
- Poor personal hygiene
- Septic shock
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Unexpected or unexplained death
- Weight gain or loss
Due to this risk, it is important that you seek legal advice before giving any indication that you intend to take legal action against the nursing home. Our attorneys can address this concern, and we can help ensure that you are not at risk for further harm from neglect or abuse.
For more information about taking a stand against nursing home negligence or abuse, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation. You can reach out to us 24/7. So call (317) 225-5400 or tell our dedicated Indianapolis nursing home abuse attorneys about your situation online now.