Cases of neglect and abuse in nursing homes are all too common in Yukon and throughout Oklahoma. Family members are shocked and angry when they see signs that indicate their vulnerable loved one has been mistreated by the very people who were supposed to be protecting them. When this happens, families must take action.
If you fear that your family member has been harmed in a nursing home facility, it is important that you speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer in Yukon, OK, as soon as possible. Contact the Cain Law Office today to set up a free consultation. We are prepared to move quickly to protect your elderly loved one and demand justice.
How Our Yukon Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help You
The first thing we will do is meet with you and your loved one to evaluate your case and go over your legal options. As we move forward with a nursing home abuse or neglect claim, our team will:
- Gather all available evidence, including photographs, eyewitness statements, and medical records
- Ensure the abuse or neglect has been reported to the proper authorities and that it is being investigated
- Manage all communication with the nursing home and the insurance company
- Perform a thorough assessment of the damages your loved one suffered
- Negotiate aggressively for a full and fair settlement
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
You should know that the actions you take to protect your loved one may also end up saving the lives of other residents in the home. Contact a compassionate nursing home abuse lawyer from the Cain Law Office today to discuss how we can help your family during this stressful time.
Nursing Home Abuse Cases We Investigate
Unfortunately, there are many different types of abuse that occur within nursing homes. The types of cases we investigate most often include:
- Physical abuse: Any intentional use of force against a nursing home resident that causes harm is considered physical abuse.
- Emotional abuse: This type of abuse is intended to inflict mental anguish, distress, or fear on a nursing home resident.
- Sexual abuse: Any unwanted touching or sexual contact is considered sexual abuse. When a resident does not have the capacity to provide consent but there is sexual touching anyway, this is also considered sexual abuse.
- Financial abuse: Nursing home staff members who steal a resident’s belongings, trick a resident into signing blank checks, or use other tactics to manipulate a resident into giving staff money or property can be held liable for financial abuse.
- Neglect: Unlike nursing home abuse, neglect may be unintentional, but it still causes great harm to residents. Neglect occurs when nursing home staff members are careless and do not provide the proper care for the elderly residents.
When Is a Nursing Home Liable for Elder Abuse and Neglect?
Under most circumstances, nursing home staff or the owner of the property can be held liable for elder abuse and neglect. This includes when:
- The nursing home is negligent with new hires: Nursing home owners and management are responsible for ensuring that they are only hiring experienced and qualified caregivers for their residents. When these facilities do not perform background checks to ensure they are only hiring quality staff members, they can be held liable for the harm that results.
- The nursing home is understaffed: Nursing homes are notoriously understaffed. When there are not enough staff members to properly care for the residents, serious abuse and neglect can occur. The nursing home can be held liable for not ensuring there were enough people to properly care for residents at a facility.
- The nursing home provides inadequate training: Even when nursing homes are vigilant in their hiring practices and ensure that they only employ quality staff members, they must still properly train their staff. Improper training can lead to physical abuse, residents wandering off of the property, and other dangerous situations. When nursing homes fail in this duty, they can be held liable for abuse and neglect.
- Nursing home staff make medication errors: Many nursing home residents take medication for a certain condition or illness. Nursing home staff members must be able to properly administer this medication and ensure residents are receiving the medication they need. The nursing home can be held liable when a medication error results in harm to a resident.
Do not hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss nursing home negligence. Our Yukon nursing home abuse lawyers can review your case for free and explain all your legal options.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
There are many different signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. The most common of these include:
- Unexplained injuries, such as broken bones or sprains
- Scars or bruises
- Indications of restraint, such as marks on an elder’s wrists or ankles
- Nursing home staff that forbids an elder from being alone with visitors
- Personal items, such as eyeglasses, that are broken without an explanation
- Behavioral changes in the resident, including withdrawing from social situations, rocking, and sucking their thumb
- Unexplained STDs and injuries to the genital area
- Dirty hair, fingernails, or body odor that indicates the resident has not received proper hygiene
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained financial changes, such as withdrawals from a bank account
If you see signs of abuse or neglect, report it to the nursing home management immediately and demand answers. Document the abuse with photos and get the names of any residents who may have witnessed what happened. Then speak to a nursing home abuse attorney in Yukon.
Talk to a Yukon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Now
If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, call our lawyers in Yukon today. At the Cain Law Office, we have the necessary experience to hold nursing homes accountable for their actions and to demand the full compensation your family deserves. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.