Nursing Home Abuse

In the fast paced environment in which we live, there is little time to handle all aspects of life and unfortunately, some of us don’t have the time to take care of our elderly family members. This is the reason as to why many people rely on nursing homes and assisted living facilities to care for our loved ones while we are away. We are reassured to entrust our loved ones to the care of these facilities with the hopes that they are treated and respected in the manner in which we all wish to be cared for. Sadly enough, this is not always the case. Your loved one may not always be treated the way you imagine they should be.

It is estimated that a third of today’s nursing homes commit some form of abuse to their elderly patients. This happens to be very frightening and disheartening to hear especially if your family member or loved one is involved in such an incident. It is important to learn to recognize the signs of abuse if you suspect foul play by your loved ones nursing or assisted living facility.

Nursing home abuse can take many forms, from physical injuries such as bruises or broken bones to even neglect of a loved one such as ignoring the patient’s hygiene or the feeding of a patient. Some nursing home patients are even verbally abused, resulting in emotional and behavioral conditions. Many of these patients live in fear of retaliation or embarrassment, choosing to keep quiet if they are involved in abuse, rather than speaking up. The fact of the matter is that nursing home abuse happens more often than one might expect and it is important to see the signs of abuse that may be exhibited before an episode is taken too far.

If you notice that your loved one or family member shows evidence of nursing home abuse it is crucial that immediate action is taken to ensure the livelihood of your loved one. The law offices of Ketover and Associates is considerate of the patients who have been involved in cases of nursing home abuse and has successfully represented these victims for many years. With our years of experience we can help you discern the many signs of abuse and neglect. We can help you receive the compensation that your loved ones deserve. Ketover and Associates will guide you through your case and provide assistance for you and your family every step of the way until justice is properly served.

Elderly Neglect:

Most nursing home abuse comes in the form of elderly neglect. It is the failure to adhere to the obligations which must be met when tending to an elderly patient or senior citizen. A large percentage of nursing home abuse cases involve neglect.

The occurrence of neglect happens when a care provider fails to provide common life necessities that are required to live, such as food, shelter, water, proper safety measures, clothing, medication, etc. Other factors contribute and are viewed as signs of neglect, such as the absence of hygiene of a patient or failure to provide specific necessities of a patient (diet or medication needed to sustain their life or providing the care of a qualified physician when assistance is needed). Signs of neglect such as bedsores, malnutrition, excessive weight loss, dehydration, untreated health condition, improper living conditions are all signals that proper care is being ignored.

If you suspect that a family member or loved one is being neglected and that their health is being compromised, you should seek the help of a competent legal provider to assess the situation for you. Ketover and Associates has years of experience in reading the telltale signs of elderly neglect and can help your loved one receive the retribution they deserve. We have litigated cases of elderly neglect with a high rate of success and can assist your family with their case if you are seeking compensation they deserve.

Medication Mistreatment:

A common fact among the elderly is that the older you get the more likely you are exposed to a multitude of medications to properly remedy any of the conditions that you may be stricken with. As we age, the likelihood of contracting diseases such as heart disease and cancer becomes more prevalent and treatment of the elderly involves multiple medications being administered to stabilize a patient’s health.

It should be a top priority amongst nursing home staff to properly schedule and administer the appropriate medications to their patients; unfortunately, in some cases, this is not the issue. The fact of the matter is that some cases of nursing home neglect are the result of patients receiving wrong medications or even at times patients are being overmedicated. The outcome of such neglect can result in further disabilities or in the worst case scenario, death may ensue.

Wrong medication and overmedicating are frequent forms when it comes to nursing home abuse. Many drugs that are administered to patients in nursing homes require proper dosage and are meant to be taken in a consistent manner. Any form of misuse amongst these medications can have disturbing side effects and cause catastrophic harm to the patients who require these medications. Negligence on the behalf of a registered care provider places liability on the care facility in question which is why it is so important that many of these care providers are properly trained and qualified to administer these medications.

If you or a loved one suspects that a nursing home or assisted living provider is guilty of administering wrong medication or overmedicating a patient, it is extremely important to contact a qualified legal representative as you may be eligible for damages. Ketover and Associates has dealt with many legal cases pertaining to medical mistreatment for many years. We have the experience necessary for litigating legal cases of this nature and can help you seek justice.

Insurance Abuse:

Insurance abuse among the elderly is a form of financial exploitation that happens in numerous nursing homes and establishments across the world. Insurance abuse is the unjust use of an elderly person’s insurance, funds or assets to fuel the needs of another individual. Insurance abuse robs the patients of their medical benefits and finances, preventing the elderly from receiving the proper care and/or monetary transactions their insurance can provide to them. The person exploiting the elderly can be any individual working in the nursing home or even the institution itself. It can even be the person who is assigned the power of Attorney of the elderly individual in question.

Insurance abuse occurs frequently in the everyday world and although it happens in nursing homes, it may not be as prevalent as in other environments. The despicable scenario robs the seniors of their financial stability and pride. It is important to look for the signs of Insurance abuse whether it’s a change in bank accounts or disappearance of funds or services in the nursing home. If you suspect there is a case of insurance abuse in your loved ones nursing home, it would be to your benefit to seek a legal provider of services as to quell this type of situation before any issues become larger.

Ketover & Associates has extensive experience in dealing with insurance abuse claims. We know how to recognize the signs relating to such cases and are more than prepared to provide you with assistance in seeking retribution for your loved one.

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