Denver Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Lawyer
If you’ve been abused or have a loved one who was the victim of elder abuse, it’s important to have an elder abuse & nursing home abuse attorney who is compassionate, aggressive and understands the elder care system.
In the 2015-16 fiscal year, Denver police responded to 926 reports of elder abuse. Physical and financial elder abuse is all too common. Abuse may be perpetrated by a family member, a facility such as a nursing home, or an agency providing services in a private home or facility. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, it is estimated that over 3.2 million adults live in nursing homes and as many as 40% of adults will be in a nursing home at some point in their lifetime.
What to Do After Noticing Nursing Home & Elder Abuse
The most important step to take when you suspect a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse is to make sure you remove them from that dangerous situation.
- Contact the police
- Report the abuse
- Contact an attorney
Depending on the injury or type of abuse your loved one endured, there will be a statute of limitations, so you should not wait and risk not being able to take legal action. Abuse can be more than simply physical and does not have to result in cuts and bruises. Abuse can be emotional, psychological, sexual, and even involve neglect. The elderly are especially vulnerable to financial exploitation, ranging from theft to bank fraud.
What is Considered Nursing Home or Elder Abuse
- A failure to provide for basic needs such as food, personal care, or protection from falls.
- Physical abuse. This can be physical punishment, retaliation, over or under medicating, and physical harm from other patients.
- Psychological or emotional abuse. Humiliation, yelling, criticizing, manipulation or threatening.
- Cashing checks without permission, forging signatures, re-writing wills or powers of attorney.
It is mandatory in the state of Colorado to report elder abuse. Some types of abuse can be hard to detect and if the victim is cognitively impaired, there are additional challenges. The proper legal team will investigate to determine who is responsible for perpetrating the abuse, in addition to who is responsible for allowing it to happen.
Elderly victims are frequently too embarrassed or afraid to report abuse. Or, they may have a cognitive impairment which keeps them from being able to report it.
Signs of Elder Abuse:
- Frequent falls
- Unexplained bruises or skin tears
- Dental problems
- Head injuries
- Pressure sores (also called bed sores)
- Unexplained physical pain
- Weight loss
- Sleep disturbances
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Body odor or dirty clothes
Victims with dementia, may have unexplained behavioral outbursts or refuse medications or meals. Unexplained weight loss, isolating themselves, and refusing personal care are all ways that someone with dementia may be showing signs of abuse.
Elder abuse is devastating and can be deadly. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elders who experienced even modest abuse, had a risk of death three times that of elders who had not been abused.
State and federal laws oversee elder abuse. Jordan, Herington & Rowley is experienced in navigating the unique challenges in dealing with both the state and federal regulatory agencies responsible for facility oversight. The victim or the victim’s responsible party can make a complaint regarding nursing home neglect or abuse and seek compensatory damages for the pain and anguish, medical bills, and financial damage. The abuse must stop and the people or entity responsible needs to be held accountable for what they’ve done.
Jordan, Herington & Rowley has a track record of recovering damages for victims of elder abuse. Nursing homes and other elder care facilities and agencies can be secretive to try to deflect liability. Other patients may be too frightened or unable to come forward. Jordan, Herington & Rowley knows how to effectively navigate those roadblocks and uncover the truth. A Personal Injury attorney in Denver at Jordan, Herington & Rowley will aggressively pursue those responsible for failing to keep your loved one safe.