Kansas City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Neglect and Abuse of the Elderly
An elderly patient in a nursing home or assisted living facility should not only receive the medical care, nutrition and living assistance he or she needs, but should also be treated with respect and compassion. Unfortunately, this is not the case in nursing homes and facilities. Instances of negligence and maltreatment are more common than one would like to believe, with an estimated one in three nursing homes providing substandard care in some way.
When nursing home neglect and abuse occurs, this may lead to serious injuries or even the
wrongful death of an elderly loved one. The physical and emotional damages may seriously impact an elderly victim at a time when they should be treated only with the utmost care. At our firm, our
Kansas City injury lawyers know just how daunting it can be to deal with
personal injury claims of this kind. We are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to provide our clients with the high-quality and reliable legal assistance that they deserve.
Protecting Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in Missouri
At Wendt Goss, P.C. we handle nursing home negligence claims that involve all types of abuse or neglect, including:
- Physical abuse: The signs of physical elder abuse are more readily detectable, since the scars and bruising are external, rather than purely emotional damage. If you notice unexplainable bruising, scarring, and other injuries on your loved one and they are becoming increasingly more withdrawn, this may indicate abuse.
- Sexual abuse: Perhaps the most detestable kind of elder abuse is sexual abuse. Keep in open communication with your loved one to learn if this is going on, especially if you notice that depression and other emotional disorders are setting in.
- Emotional abuse: This type of abuse can be difficult to detect and prove, but it is abuse nonetheless. It can include yelling, mocking, verbal assault and intimidation.
- Financial abuse: Some elderly people, due to their vulnerable mental and emotional states, can become susceptible to financial abuse. If you believe that they are being coerced or manipulated for their money or inheritance, you can take legal action.
- Malnutrition: This is a specific type of physical abuse that involves either unsanitary meals or lack of substance altogether. A tell-tale sign of malnutrition is that they are rapidly losing weight and becoming weak.
- Negligent supervision: This falls under the category of neglect rather than direct abuse. Failure to properly check up on elders that are in the care of a caretaker or nursing home facility is negligent supervision.
- Bedsores: This is the result of poor sanitation. Bedsores are also called pressure sores and they are skin and tissue wounds that can result from laying in one position for too long or improper cleaning.
- Over or under-medication: Many elderly people require a strict diet and medication regimen. Failure to properly administer either could have life-threatening consequences.
Trusted Personal Injury Representation
At times, these cases may be related to intentional wrongdoing, as in the case of physical or sexual abuse, or may stem from negligent care, as in the case of dehydration or malnutrition. Your attorney from our firm can fully investigate the matter to determine exactly what is occurring and the right approach to seek justice. If you would like further information, contact a Kansas City nursing home abuse attorney from our firm.