When an individual or a person’s family seeks help from a nursing
home facility, that patient and family expect that the facility and the
health care professionals within the facility will provide adequate and
safe living conditions day in and day out. For many families, nursing
home facilities are viewed as safe havens for family members who are unable
to live alone safely.
Unfortunately, in many cases, elderly and disabled persons suffer serious
injuries or develop harmful medical conditions due to negligent healthcare
individuals employed at such facilities. In fact, a study published by
the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee
states that nearly 30% of all nursing home facilities in the United States
were cited for abuse from 1999 to 2001.
If you or someone you love was abused or neglected while residing in a
get in touch with a San Jose nursing home abuse attorney at Habbas & Associates
right away! We can examine your case and determine which strategies can
help you pursue the compensation you deserve!
Types of Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Home Facilities.
When nursing homes are understaffed or underfinanced, various types of
neglect can occur. Additionally, if facilities do not adhere to ethical
standards or safety protocols, elderly or disable persons may suffer abuse.
Sadly, because many patients within these centers do not function at infallible
mental or physical capacities, it is easier for careless or negligent
healthcare professionals to take advantage of the elderly or disabled.
A list of the most common forms of abuse and neglect within nursing homes
can be found below:
1. Sexual Abuse
- A patient is forced to engage in sexual activities
- A patient is forced to act in a provocative manner or undress
- A patient is forced to endure inappropriate physical contact
2. Physical Abuse
- A patient is hit
- A patient is pushed or shoved
- A patient is given the inappropriate medication or dosage
3. Mental / Emotional Abuse
- A patient is humiliated
- A patient is intimidated by an employee
- A patient’s needs are ignored
- A patient is isolated from other patients or persons
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If one of your elderly or disabled family members lives in a nursing home,
it is important to monitor their physical, emotional, and health conditions
on a normal basis.
If you detect any of the following signs of abuse or neglect, contact experienced
legal representation right away:
- Unexplained markings / injuries
- Restraint marks on the body
- Withdrawal from communication or socialization
- Sudden weight loss
- Lack of hygiene maintenance
Habbas & Associates Can Protect Your Future and Your Rights
If someone you love has become the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect,
it is crucial you seek experienced legal advocacy as soon as possible.
At Habbas & Associates, our San Jose nursing home abuse lawyers are
committed to protecting the rights of those treated unfairly by healthcare
professionals. Because we believe every victim deserves the right to retain
experienced legal counsel, we handle every case on a contingency fee basis,
so our clients never have to pay a single penny unless we win their case.
Do not wait to get the experienced legal attention you need.
Call Habbas & Associates, or
fill out a free consultation form online. We are backed by more than 175 years of combined experience!