Fighting to Protect the Elderly Nationwide
Since 1997, Smith Clinesmith LLP has served as an advocate for seniors and elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the United States. When caregivers fail to provide an acceptable standard of care to those in their charge, our firm is ready to hold them accountable.
Nursing home abuse and neglect are horrifying realities in the U.S., but that does not mean victims and their loved ones should simply put up with mistreatment. With our powerful and experienced legal team on your side, you can fight for justice and seek fair financial recovery on behalf of your elderly loved one.
Smith Clinesmith LLP proudly represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Texas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and across the nation. We focus our practice entirely on nursing home abuse cases, which allows us to pour all of our time, energy, and resources into advocating for victims and fighting for better nursing home practices.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys know the law, and we know how to hold negligent and abusive caregivers and nursing home staff accountable.
If you believe your elderly loved one may be the victim of abuse or neglect, contact us now to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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It is important that loved ones and family members know the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Often, nursing home residents and elderly individuals are unable or unwilling to speak up for themselves.
They may have difficulty articulating the abuse or may be fearful about mentioning it to anyone. Knowing the signs allows you to serve as an advocate for your loved one’s health, safety, and well-being.
Elderly victims of nursing home abuse and neglect often show the following signs:
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or swelling
- Broken bones and other fall-related injuries
- Bedsores and/or pressure ulcers
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Unexplained and unusual changes in mood or behavior
- Signs of agitation, fear, anger, withdrawal, or distress
- Medication errors, including overdose
- Complaints regarding the level of care received
- Withdrawals from bank accounts
- Changes to wills, trusts, or powers of attorney
Always take your loved one’s complaints seriously and never brush off their injuries, no matter how minor or insignificant they may seem.
Visit your loved one frequently and observe the general attitude of the nursing home residents and staff, as well as the overall cleanliness of the facility and your loved one’s personal hygiene.
All residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care residences have certain rights.
According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, federal and state laws afford nursing home residents the following rights (among others):
- Freedom from discrimination
- Freedom from abuse (verbal, physical, etc.)
- Freedom to make complaints
- Freedom to notify family and/or legal representative of mistreatment
If you believe your rights or the rights of your loved one have been violated, it is critical that you speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. You deserve justice, and the Smith Clinesmith LLP can help.
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Nursing home abuse and neglect take several forms. Because of this, and because the signs of abuse and neglect often dovetail with the signs of aging and diminishing health, it can be difficult to detect when abuse or neglect are occurring. However, if you suspect that your loved one is suffering any type of abuse or neglect from a caregiver or nursing home staff, contact our legal team as soon as possible. We handle all types of nursing home abuse and neglect cases, including those involving physical abuse, verbal abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and general neglect.
Our attorneys can help you understand what type of compensation you and/or your loved one may be entitled to receive. In nursing home abuse and neglect cases, financial recovery typically compensates the victim for medical care costs, pain and suffering, and other related losses. When the victim dies as a result of negligent or wrongful conduct, the family may be able to recover wrongful death damages, including compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and more.