For many families, it becomes necessary to move an elderly loved one into a nursing home so that the person can receive the medical care and personal assistance he or she needs. We trust nursing facilities to take care of our elderly loved ones when their needs require trained professionals.
Although most nursing homes in Del City responsibly and respectfully care for our loved ones in their golden years, some facilities and nursing home staff take advantage of the vulnerability of those in their care. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, let our Del City nursing home abuse lawyers at the Cain Law Office help you fight for the justice and compensation your loved one deserves.
No one should suffer the pain of elder abuse or the indignity of neglect. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our skilled nursing home abuse lawyers.
Why Choose Our Del City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers?
If your loved one has been hurt in a nursing home in Del City, you should speak with a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. At the Cain Law Office, our nursing home abuse attorneys can provide your family with the experienced, skilled legal assistance you need to hold those at fault accountable and pursue financial compensation on your loved one’s behalf.
When you choose our firm to represent your loved one and your family, you can depend on our Del City nursing home abuse attorneys to:
- Listen to your story and provide a free initial case evaluation to go over the details of your claim
- Immediately take action to protect your loved one from any further dangers
- Connect you with medical providers if your loved one needs treatment and care
- Work with experts to show how your loved one’s nursing facility was negligent and how the resulting injuries will affect your loved one’s life moving forward
- Provide top-notch legal representation at no cost to your family unless and until we secure compensation for you
- Promptly respond to and return all your calls and emails so you know your family and your case are important to us
For over 25 years, our compassionate attorneys at the Cain Law Office have stood up for the rights and interests of the victims of nursing home abuse and their families. Let us fight for you now. Get started with a free consultation.
What to Do If You Suspect Your Loved One Is Being Neglected or Abused
If you believe your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, report the elder abuse and get your loved one the protection they need.
- If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 for emergency assistance to protect your loved one from a dangerous situation.
- You should also report suspicions about elder abuse or neglect being inflicted by nursing home staff to the facility’s management. You should make an immediate verbal report and follow up in writing, requesting a written response.
- You should also contact Adult Protective Services to report elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home. You can do this by calling the Statewide Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.
- Document your assessment of your loved one’s condition and why you believe he or she is being abused or neglected, including any incidents you personally saw or heard, or complaints you heard from your loved one, other nursing home staff, or other residents at the facility.
- Contact a nursing home abuse attorney who can help you remove your loved one from the facility and begin thoroughly investigating your case to determine who should be held responsible.
How to Report Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
You can report suspected elder abuse or neglect directly to the state, especially if you believe the nursing facility’s management is complicit in the abuse or neglect. In Del City, you can do this by calling the Department of Human Services in Oklahoma County at (405) 522-2743 or emailing OKLA.C.APS.Hotline@OKDHS.org.
You can also call the Statewide Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.
Demanding Justice Through a Nursing Home Abuse Claim
If your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, your family may be able to secure compensation for your loved one’s damages and injuries, including:
- Medical care to treat physical and emotional injuries inflicted by the abuse or neglect
- Personal financial losses your loved one has experienced due to financial abuse
- Costs of moving your loved one to a new facility
- Pain and suffering
- Other expenses arising from the harm your loved one has suffered
An attorney from our firm will thoroughly review with you the types of compensation your family member might be eligible for, based on the details of the case.
Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can come in many different forms, including:
- Physical abuse – Physical abuse against an elderly person involves inflicting physical pain or injury, whether as a form of discipline, to get the victim’s attention, or in rare cases as a part of the abuser’s sadistic behavior.
- Neglect – Neglect of an elderly person occurs when nursing facility staff fail to provide food, shelter, clothing, hygiene, health care, or protection. Neglect can be active, in willfully failing to provide caretaking function, or passive, when nursing facilities and staff lack appropriate training or resources or fail to have proper procedures.
- Emotional/mental abuse – This kind of abuse is usually inflicted through scolding, threatening, humiliating, harassing, or criticizing a nursing home resident, or leaving a resident out of activities.
- Sexual abuse – This involves any form of non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, or forcing an elderly person to disrobe or watching them disrobe, or coercing them into sexual behavior. Many elder victims of sexual abuse suffer from dementia or other cognitive or communication issues, rendering them incapable of consenting to any form of sexual contact or behavior.
- Financial abuse – This includes stealing, concealing, or misusing money, property or other assets of an elderly person, or unfairly persuading or coercing them to change wills or trusts or beneficiary designations on insurance policies or other financial instruments to benefit the abuser, or appoint the abuser with authority over the victim’s person and finances.
Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect
Physical and emotional/mental symptoms of elder abuse can include:
- Physical injuries such as cuts, bruises, sprains, and other soft-tissue injuries, fractures, bite marks, or burns
- Pressure ulcers or other bed sores or wounds
- Untreated illnesses
- Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
- Torn, bloodied, or soiled clothing or bedding
- Broken personal property
- Lack of hygiene
- Restraint marks around wrists, arms, chests, or ankles
- New and unexplained lack of energy or confusion, which may be a sign of sedation used as a form of restraint
- Sudden changes in alertness
- Withdrawal from activities
- Increased lack of communication
- Sudden changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Fear or anxiety in the presence of certain nursing home staff members or residents
- Clinical depression or cognitive decline
Some signs of elder abuse, such as emotional abuse, can be harder to detect. It’s important to track any possible signs of abuse you see, even if they’re subtle, such as the withdrawal from activities.
Talk to a Del City Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Now
If you suspect your loved one has been abused in a nursing home facility, your family deserves answers and justice. Let an experienced attorney help you protect your loved one and demand the financial recovery your loved one needs and deserves. Contact the Cain Law Office today to schedule a free consultation with our Del City nursing home abuse attorneys.