Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
The lawyers at Wagner Hughes, LLC regularly investigate potential nursing home neglect lawsuits where families believe their loved one has been abused or neglected and has suffered injuries, or death as a result of inadequate care and other abuse at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Victims of nursing home abuse are frequently unable to prevent or report their own abuse given their physical and mental frailty. Many nursing home residents have diminished capacity, which prevents them from asking for help, while others may be afraid to report when they have been abused for fear of reprimand. Therefore, if you suspect your loved one has suffered neglect or abuse at a nursing home or other facility, it is important that you consult an experienced nursing home attorney to investigate your case. Attorney Kate Hughes worked as an attorney for the nursing homes for ten years before forming her own firm representing families and victims and knows what goes on behind the scenes at the nursing homes and their insurance companies. She can offer perspective and knowledge that other attorneys don’t have to the victims of nursing home abuse and their families.
Neglect and abuse occurs in many different forms and can be difficult to recognize. Typically, nursing home abuse cases fall into one of the following main categories:
- Pressure Ulcers (also called bed sores or decubitus ulcers)
- Falls and Drops, often resulting in broken bones and even head trauma
- Failure to diagnose and/or treat: This can include anything from sepsis, strokes, pneumonia or other life threatening conditions that, left untreated, can lead to serious illness or death
- Physical abuse, such as hitting, grabbing or mishandling the resident or using improper physical or chemical restraints to keep residents subdued
- Emotional and mental abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Financial Abuse, such as mishandling and theft of the resident’s funds and accounts
- Fraud, such as billing for services not received or up billing. This can also lead to a whistleblower or class action against the nursing home.
- Wrongful Death, which can be the result of any number of forms of abuse
If you notice that your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse, take immediate action. All cases at Wagner Hughes, LLC are investigated by experienced nursing home lawyers with over 15 years of experience and not “investigators” or other staff members. Give us a call at (404) 900-6979 and we will give you a free consultation by an experienced nursing home attorney.