Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Attorneys in Ontario
Defending Those in the Inland Empire Who Can’t Defend Themselves
When we entrust our loved ones to a nursing home or elder care facility, our goal is to keep them safe and ensure that they are well cared for in ways we cannot provide. We never anticipate that they will suffer from abuse or neglect at the hands of their caretakers. Sadly, many elderly adults do.
With decades of experience and an impressive record of results, the attorneys of McCune Law Group are a respected choice for legal counsel in cases of nursing home abuse and neglect.
What Are The Types of Nursing Home & Elder Abuse?
Understanding the different types of nursing home abuse is essential to recognizing the problem in your life. This is especially true if you have a loved one in a nursing home facility or another type of care facility. According to Nursing Home Abuse Justice, roughly 85% of assisted living facilities reported at least one case of abuse or neglect. Physical injuries tend to come to mind when one thinks of elder abuse in nursing homes. However, nursing home abuse can include other forms of abuse that may not always be physical. Other forms of abuse include:
- Sexual Assault
- Emotional Harm
- Financial Abuse
- Improper Nutrition
- Medication Errors
While some of these types of nursing home abuse may not leave physical marks, they are just as harmful. Some can severely affect the quality of your loved one’s life. Keeping a close eye on your loved one in a nursing home or care facility is the best way to help with their safety.
What Are the Most Common Nursing Home Warning Signs?
As our loved one’s age, it can become difficult to provide the care they need, especially while caring for your own family as well. Making the decision to enlist for the help of a nursing home is never easy, but you go to great lengths to ensure you choose the very best. When you entrust your loved one to a nursing facility, you rightly expect your loved ones are receiving proper care. Unfortunately, in many care facilities, that is not the case. Abuse or neglect are becoming more commonplace in nursing homes due to poor staffing and funding, yet spotting the signs is not always easy. There are a few red flags to look for when you suspect your loved ones are being subjected to abuse:
- Depression or anxiety
- Avoiding certain staff
- Visible bruising or lacerations
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to nursing home or elder abuse, contact our team of attorneys today for a free consultation!
Our team represents nursing home residents and their families in cases involving:
- Caregiver neglect — Caregiver neglect can occur in several ways and either be intentional or a side-effect of understaffing. Regardless of the reason, negligent nursing home staff should be held accountable.
- Consumer scams — As individuals get older, they become increasingly vulnerable to scams and Ponzi schemes that swindle them out of their hard-earned money and property.
- Dehydration — Lack of fluids can lead to illnesses like the flu, kidney malfunction and more.
- Elder abuse — This includes emotional, financial, physical and sexual abuse of residents.
- Falls — Elderly people are more prone to severe injuries and typically require long-term rehabilitation when they fall.
- Financial abuse – This occurs when a trusted caregiver takes advantage of or exploits the patient to achieve unlawful financial gain.
- Improper nutrition — If you have noticed a significant difference in your elderly loved one’s eating habits or physical well-being, take immediate action to protect his or her health.
- Medication errors — These mistakes often occur when the staff is undertrained or in a hurry. Half of all fatal medication errors occur in victims over the age of 60 because elderly people typically take the most prescription medications.
- Nursing home injuries — Common injuries range from fractured hips to bedsores.
- Nursing home restraints — Restraints such as bars or safety vests attached to wheelchairs should only be used for safety purposes.
- Pressure sores — Inappropriate treatment can lead to bedsores, especially when a caregiver neglects to move an elderly person on a frequent basis.
- Reckless neglect — Elderly residents are not always able to communicate when they have been the victim of reckless neglect, and it is important to contact an attorney if you have any suspicions.
- Wandering off — Elderly people with Alzheimer’s or those who suffer from diminished cognitive abilities should not be allowed to leave the building unsupervised.
- Wrongful death — You can take action to seek justice and protect other elderly people by contacting McCune Law Group.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Some warning signs may be easier or harder to spot than others, but warning signs of elder abuse can include physical marks such as bruises or pressure marks, emotional distress such as anxiety or unusual behavior, and signs of neglect that can include bedsores or poor hygiene.
There are many factors that can cause nursing home or elder abuse to occur. Some reasons include lack of proper training along with psychological, social, and economic factors can contribute to the occurrence of abuse or neglect.
If you suspect that abuse is ongoing and decide to call for help, be ready to disclose information about the victim. This will include the name, address, contact information, and reasons why you are concerned.
How To Start a Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Case:
If you or a loved one has fallen victim of nursing home and elder abuse and are ready to receive help, follow these simple steps to begin your path to recovery and potential compensation:
- Fill out our form with your information
- Set up your free consultation
- Meet with our Nursing Home & Elder Abuse team
- Discuss your potential case
- Discuss your next steps
Protecting Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves
At McCune Law Group, our dedicated attorneys are committed to safeguarding the elderly population from nursing home and elder abuse. We understand the vulnerability that comes with aging and the importance of ensuring the well-being and dignity of our older clients. With a deep understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding elder abuse, our attorneys work tirelessly to hold negligent nursing homes and individuals accountable for their actions. Through meticulous investigation and extensive legal expertise, we pursue justice for victims and their families, seeking compensation for any physical, emotional, or financial harm suffered. Our compassionate approach coupled with strong advocacy allows us to provide the support and representation necessary to protect the rights of the elderly and promote their safety and welfare.
Protecting the elderly from abuse is a real concern and McCune Law Group is prepared to aggressively pursue compensation in civil court if your loved one has been a victim. To learn more about your rights, call (909) 345-8110 or contact us to arrange a free initial consultation.
Holding Careless Nursing Homes & Caregivers in the Ontario and Inland Empire Area Responsible!
The nursing home neglect attorneys of McCune Law Group are fully committed to seeking justice for the injured and their families in Ontario and throughout the Inland Empire. Those who take advantage of senior citizens in their care deserve to be held responsible for their actions. The practice of abuse and neglect must be stopped and filing a civil claim against the individual and the facility is one way that justice can be served.