Springfield Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Was Your Elderly Loved One Abused or Neglected in Missouri?
When an elderly family member needs more care than you can provide, you may consider putting him or her in a nursing home facility. While nursing homes are supposed to be places of care and comfort where your loved one can get the professional assistance they need, sadly, this is not always the case. Some nursing homes are places of abuse and neglect.
If your loved one suffered neglect or abuse while living in a Missouri nursing home, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
What is Considered Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home negligence is any act that deprives your loved one of the care he or she needs. Ultimately, this withholding of care could cause your loved one serious harm. When this happens, you and your family should act to hold the nursing home accountable.
Common examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Withholding of medication
- Lack of care
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
The Springfield nursing home abuse lawyers at Strong Law, P.C. can help you understand your legal options. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm today.
How long do I have to file a personal injury case in Missouri?Every state has a time limit for how long you have to file a personal injury claim called the statute of limitations. In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is five years from the date the injury occurred or could have been reasonably discovered. If you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires then the defendant will most certainly file a motion to dismiss the case.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
Personal injury lawyers are legal experts dedicated to helping those who have been injured in an accident navigate the complex issues on their road to recovery. They specialize in tort law, protecting the rights of victims and ensuring they receive compensation for their suffering.
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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, spotting the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect is not always easy—especially if your loved one is reluctant to speak up. This is why you should know what to look for if you suspect that your family member has been mistreated or abused in a Missouri nursing home.
Some of the most common warning signs of elder abuse include:
- Poor Hygiene: Many elderly patients are physically incapable of taking care of their basic hygienic needs. As such, nurses and other staff are expected to assist them. This includes helping them brush their teeth, get dressed, clip nails, comb their hair, and more. When patients are neglected, you will notice their unkempt appearance, dirty clothing, and other noticeable deficiencies. This is often a result of lack of formally educated staff who might not understand proper health care. Routine dental care is particularly a serious issue in nursing homes throughout the country.
- Unsanitary Living Conditions: The facility itself must be kept clean and safe for residents. If the conditions of the facility are poor, it is likely the patients also are being neglected and not well cared for. Federal law requires nursing home facilities to provide and maintain and safe and sanitary environment, so if you notice these requirements are not being met, it is important to report it.
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