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. And it's even worse to discover that your loved one has been the victim of neglect or has not received proper care.
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.
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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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.