Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in St. Louis
If Your Loved One Is Being Neglected or Abused at Their Nursing Home, We Want to Help You Fight for Justice
When nursing homes fail to fulfill their promise of providing round-the-clock care for residents, we may see our elderly loved ones experience a rapid decline in health. Most nursing home residents are already frail. Facing neglect or abuse can irreparably damage their health and sometimes, sadly, cause wrongful death. When a company that is supposed to be responsible for a loved one’s health is instead the cause of illness or injury, you may feel betrayed and angry. Patients and families place a large amount of trust in these facilities, and for them to fail their fundamental purpose is inexcusable. Facility owners and managers who allow patients under their care to be mistreated must be held accountable for their failures.
From our St. Louis office, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is helping families fight back against nursing home abuse. Neglect is sadly far too common in these facilities and it leads to tragedy for many families each year. There is often no way to recover the health of an aging loved one. What you can do in this situation is file a lawsuit for nursing home abuse. By holding the owners and managers of a facility financially responsible for the harm they’ve caused, you can reach them in a language they understand.
No one deserves the pain and heartbreak caused by nursing home abuse, but if you have been affected, you can and should take legal action. Not only can you receive compensation to pay for adequate care, but you can also help other families avoid the same fate.
Contact our St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers today at (314) 701-7722 to learn more We offer free consultations to help you understand your options.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home patients are completely dependent on the facility and their caretakers, which makes them especially vulnerable to being taken advantage of. Though abuse may sometimes be the result of single bad actors, it is too often a systemic issue caused by low budgets, understaffing, and/or fraudulent schemes by ownership. Nursing home abuse can take the form of:
- Physical abuse by staff or residents
- Sexual abuse by staff or residents
- Psychological abuse by staff or residents
- Neglect of a patient’s needs
- Financial exploitation
Though each type of abuse may have different effects, the physical and psychological symptoms can slowly erode an abuse victim’s health. If they are being denied care, this can compound quickly into severe or even fatal incidents. The sooner an abuse victim can be removed from a bad situation, the better. However, facilities will often do all they can to conceal poor or dangerous living conditions. Sometimes a family does not learn about the problem until considerable damage has been done.
Signs & Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, abusers commonly discourage or prevent their victims from reporting the trouble, so families must be able to pick out the signs and breach the topic on their own. A caretaker who is aware of the problem is likely to try to explain away changes in the patient’s behavior or health. They may also understate the severity or cause of new injuries. Families must stay vigilant against such dishonesty to ensure their loved ones’ safety.
Mistreatment can affect victims in a variety of ways. Here are some common symptoms caused by nursing home abuse:
- Change in mental state—becoming depressed or confused
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Withdrawal from social situations and activities
- Mood changes—becoming agitated or violent
- Unexplained bruises, burns, scars, or other injuries
- Looks uncared for (unwashed hair, dirty clothes, etc.)
- Development of bedsores, infections, or other injuries
If you think your loved one is being abused, you have the right to ask for more information about their care and see records, treatment plans, and the like. It’s also in your best interests to consult a lawyer. Our team can help you investigate the nursing home in depth to see if there are prior complaints of abuse or other signs that have been concealed from you.
Getting Justice Against Abusive Nursing Homes
Whether their injuries are physical, mental, or a combination of both, any victim of nursing home abuse deserves a voice. Our team is dedicated to helping people speak out after they have been wronged. Caretakers who exploit their patients are violating trust on the deepest level. They, and the institutions that allow this behavior, must be brought to justice for their wrongdoings.
Our team can help you file a claim for nursing home abuse if a loved one has been mistreated while entrusted to someone else for care. Reach out to us today to begin your case.
Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm at (314) 701-7722 for a free consultation with our nursing home abuse attorneys. We’re passionate about helping St. Louis families find justice.