Caring for aging relatives and loved ones is difficult. For many people, a time comes when his or her loved one can no longer live alone, but they do not have the resources to provide the necessary care themselves. This often leads people to seek help from a nursing home or other facility that specializes in caring for the elderly.
Many of these facilities offer a great solution by providing relief for families and an appropriate balance of care and independence for the aging population. Sometimes, however, these facilities can harm residents—whether intentionally or through carelessness, a lack of training, or insufficient resources.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in this way, a Somerset nursing home abuse lawyer can help make your situation right. Call today to speak with a compassionate personal injury attorney about your case.
Nursing home abuse is not always obvious and can be difficult to prove. It is rare for a third party to observe abuse directly, and often, the victim may be incapable of communicating what has happened to him or her.
Therefore, it is important to be able to recognize signs that abuse may have occurred, including:
If you notice any of these signs, the facility may or may not help rectify them. A Somerset lawyer with experience handling elder abuse claims can investigate to determine whether abuse occurred, assist in rectifying the situation, and seek fair compensation for injuries.
Simply avoiding physical abuse, however, is not enough. There is a vast landscape of state and federal law meant to protect elders’ rights in long-term care facilities. Every case is different, and different laws may apply to different facilities depending on where they are located, whether they receive federal funding, and other factors. However, examples of regulations that may apply include:
A knowledgeable Somerset nursing home abuse attorney can help you understand which laws apply to your loved one’s facility, investigate whether applicable laws have been violated, and help you understand what your options are in response to any violations.
The elderly deserve respect and should be able to live out their final years in peace and comfort.
If you or a loved one have been injured or abused during a stay at a care facility, you deserve to have the situation made right. A Somerset nursing home abuse lawyer at Marcus & Mack can help you get the compensation and treatment to which you are entitled.
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