Washington Elder/Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Every year, tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused in their own homes, in relatives homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care. You may suspect that an elderly person you know is being harmed physically or emotionally by a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, or being preyed upon financially.

As people age and become elderly, they may become more and more physically frail, experience a decrease in their ability to see and hear, and become less able to stand up for themselves if being bullied mentally or physically.

In the state of Washington, there are more than 20,000 nursing home residents. Despite the many programs in place to help prevent nursing home abuse, it remains a severe problem. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that more than half of America's nursing homes are understaffed. This, coupled with numerous other factors, can lead to elder/nursing home abuse, which occurs in around 30% of all nursing homes across America.

Elder/nursing home abuse presents itself in many different forms, ranging from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse to malnutrition, financial exploitation, and pure neglect. If you have made the difficult decision to place a family member in a nursing home, you and your family member shouldn't have to suffer through any type of neglect or abuse at the hands of a caregiver or even other residents.

Visible injuries are the type that will be noticed right away. Some examples include broken bones, cuts, scars, and bed sores. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to report it immediately. Ask the resident about the injury, then the attending nurse and assistant, the staff supervisor, and the attending physician.

Signs of neglect include insufficient food and water, insufficient bathing opportunities, failure to change the resident's undergarments in a timely manner, failure to supply personal hygiene products, and failure to assist in the basic functions for the resident.

If you suspect that someone you love has been abused or mistreated in a Washington state nursing home, you should contact a Washington elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney.

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of abuse at the hands of another nursing home resident, you should also contact a Washington civil lawyer or attorney if you are seeking damages outside of the facility.

A Washington elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will offer a free nursing home abuse consultation where they will evaluate your case, explain your legal rights, and assess any damages they feel you are entitled to as a result of any abuse or neglect caused by a Washington nursing home. An elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will also be knowledgeable about any pertinent laws, so they will be well-equipped to argue your case in a court of law and win it.

If you are ready to contact a Washington elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney, visit the American Bar Association website. Access to the site, and the lawyer locator, through which you can find a qualified elder/nursing home abuse lawyer, is always free.


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