Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Missouri Nursing Home Negligence Law Firm
Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are often at their most vulnerable stage in life. People are generally admitted to nursing care facilities because they are unable to care for themselves, and they more than likely need help with activities of daily living. Entrusting our loved ones to a Missouri nursing care facility can be a tough decision. That is why it is truly unfortunate when these facilities do not live up to the promises they make when we decide to place a loved one in their care. It's even worse to discover that your loved one has been the victim of neglect or has not received proper care.
Nursing home abuse and negligence can happen often, and it shouldn’t. If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse in any form at a nursing home, we know exactly what to do. The attorneys at Holder Susan Slusher, LLC have the knowledge and proven experience to properly investigate your case and help get the care your loved one deserves. See how our experienced and passionate attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve.
Our Attorneys Combat Nursing Care Abuse in Missouri
Negligence isn't the only behavior that can lead to improper care at a nursing home. Nursing home abuse is also very common and occurs every day at different nursing care facilities around Missouri. Abuse isn't limited to violent behavior that causes physical harm. Victims of abuse may also experience significant emotional distress when residing in a nursing care facility. These victims often feel that they have no voice or no one standing up for them.
The experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at our law firm take pride in standing up for the victims of abuse and neglect at nursing homes. Let us use our extensive knowledge and resources to aggressively fight for you or your loved one. We will stand in your corner and be the voice that champions any abuse or neglect that you have endured.
What Classifies as Nursing Home Abuse?
It is important to be able to identify the different types of scenarios in which abuse can occur in a nursing home. There are multiple ways in which this can happen, and every way can cause great harm to the victim. While most people imagine the abuse to be physical, like a punch or slap, it can happen in other forms that might not be so noticeable at first.
The other forms of abuse can cause great mental and emotional harm to the victim. Verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse can be inflicted onto a victim and cause a lot of damage. Other ways of abuse include humiliation, sexual contact, and financial exploitation. These forms of abuse can be common in a nursing home, and are all dangerous crimes that need to be addressed.
Causes of Nursing Home AbuseUnfortunately, many times the reasoning for nursing home abuse is unknown. It can occur without a reason at all. Many cases however do occur due to a power trip with an individual working at the nursing home, and feel like they have the ability to mistreat and abuse a resident.
This abuse can also occur for many other reasons such as a dispute between a resident and staff member. It can also happen due to stress from understaffing, poor management, and unsecured premises. Many of those who are abused at a nursing home are often abused by an employee who is stressed out, which causes them to lash out unjustly and unnecessarily.
Nursing Home Residents Have a Right To Statutory Protection
In Missouri, nursing home abuse, neglect, or exploitation can be charged as a criminal offense, and in most cases, civil action can be taken against the responsible parties. There are both federal and state laws that protect nursing home residents against abuse, neglect and exploitation. These laws protect residents from such heinous acts as: physical abuse, deprivation of food, water or medical care, and financial exploitation.
The federal government has enacted several statutes for protecting residents in nursing and care facilities. Some of the statutes include, Title XX of the Social Security Act, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Older Americans Act and the Nursing Home Reform Act. Many of these federal statutes compel states to fund and provide additional measures that help protect vulnerable nursing care residents. For example, Missouri has established the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), which investigates abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable individuals 60 and older and people with disabilities between 18 and 59. The Department of Health and Senior Services also provides Adult Protective Services (APS).
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At Holder Susan Slusher, we pride ourselves on fighting tirelessly for the justice you and your loved ones deserve. Legal victories are not given, they are earned. Our team of attorneys are experienced, dedicated, and passionate, and are dedicated to helping you with your legal case every step of the way. We offer legal advice and make sure you are educated through the entire process as to what your options are and what we do to help.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation at a nursing care facility, there may be a specific state statute designed to protect your rights. Contact our experienced attorneys today to discuss initiating an investigation with your state's adult protective services and, possibly, a civil lawsuit. We offer a free case review and there is no obligation. Call us at 573-499-1700 or contact us online.