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Helping Families Seek Justice for Elder Abuse in Oklahoma City

When you place your loved one in a nursing home, you trust that the facility will provide the care and attention they need. Unfortunately, many nursing homes and long-term care facilities fail to meet this basic expectation. In some cases, nursing home staff members even abuse or neglect the residents in their care.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, it is important to take immediate action. At Martin Jean & Jackson, our Oklahoma City nursing home abuse lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we have a proven track record of success in even the most complex cases. Our team is prepared to fight for you and your loved one.

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing home abuse is a form of elder abuse that occurs in long-term care facilities. It can take many different forms, all of which are harmful to the victim. In some cases, nursing home abuse is intentional, while in others, it is the result of negligence.

The most common types of nursing home abuse include:

  • Physical abuse: This occurs when a nursing home staff member intentionally causes physical harm to a resident. It can involve hitting, slapping, pushing, shoving, or otherwise physically harming the resident. Physical abuse can also involve the inappropriate use of restraints.
  • Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse occurs when a nursing home staff member intentionally causes emotional or psychological harm to a resident. This can involve yelling, screaming, belittling, or otherwise verbally abusing the resident. It can also involve isolating the resident from others, ignoring the resident, or otherwise causing emotional distress.
  • Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse occurs when a nursing home staff member engages in any form of non-consensual sexual activity with a resident. This can involve rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, or any other form of sexual contact.
  • Neglect: Neglect occurs when a nursing home staff member fails to provide the care and attention a resident needs. This can involve failing to provide food, water, or medication, failing to help the resident with personal hygiene, failing to provide necessary medical care, and more.
  • Financial abuse: Financial abuse occurs when a nursing home staff member or another individual takes advantage of a resident for financial gain. This can involve stealing money or personal property, forging the resident’s signature, coercing the resident into changing their will or estate plan, and more.

It is important to note that nursing home abuse can be both intentional and unintentional. In some cases, nursing home staff members intentionally harm residents. In other cases, they do not mean to cause harm, but their actions (or inaction) still result in harm to the resident. Either way, nursing home abuse is unacceptable and can be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

What is Nursing Home Negligence?

Nursing home negligence is a form of nursing home abuse that occurs when a nursing home staff member fails to provide the care and attention a resident needs. This can involve failing to provide food, water, or medication, failing to help the resident with personal hygiene, failing to provide necessary medical care, and more.

Like nursing home abuse, nursing home negligence can be both intentional and unintentional. In some cases, nursing home staff members intentionally neglect residents. In other cases, they do not mean to cause harm, but their actions (or inaction) still result in harm to the resident. Either way, nursing home negligence is unacceptable and can be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

What are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect, especially if your loved one is unable to communicate with you. However, several signs may indicate that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home.

The most common signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones
  • Signs of physical restraint, such as marks on the wrists or ankles
  • Signs of sexual abuse, such as torn or bloody underwear
  • Changes in behavior, such as becoming withdrawn or depressed
  • Changes in personality, such as becoming more irritable or anxious
  • Changes in sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Changes in appetite, such as refusing to eat or eating significantly less than usual
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Unexplained financial transactions

What Compensation is Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims?

If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, they may be entitled to compensation for their resulting injuries and losses. The specific types and amount of compensation that may be available will depend on the unique circumstances of the case.

In general, nursing home abuse victims may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Medication costs
  • Medical equipment costs
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional anguish
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Disability and reduced quality of life
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost income and benefits
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Other economic and non-economic damages

In some cases, nursing home abuse victims may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate the victim for their injuries and losses. Instead, they are intended to punish the wrongdoer and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

How Our Oklahoma City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, it is important to take immediate action. You should report your concerns to the nursing home’s management and, if necessary, to the appropriate authorities. You should also consider contacting an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Oklahoma City to discuss your legal rights and options.

At Martin Jean & Jackson, we can help you by:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation into the nursing home and its staff members
  • Gathering all available evidence, including medical records, photographs, videos, and more
  • Consulting with medical experts and other professionals to help us understand the full extent of your loved one’s injuries and losses
  • Calculating the full value of your loved one’s damages
  • Filing all necessary paperwork and handling all legal aspects of your case
  • Negotiating with the nursing home’s insurance company to seek a fair settlement on your loved one’s behalf
  • Preparing your case for trial, if necessary
  • Providing you with regular updates on the progress of your case
  • Answering your questions and addressing your concerns in a timely manner

Our team is committed to helping you and your loved one seek justice. We will fight tirelessly to hold the nursing home accountable for its actions and to recover the maximum compensation your loved one is owed. While we strive to resolve every case through settlement, we are always prepared to take a case to trial if necessary.

Call (405) 221-9699 or contact us online today to request a free, confidential consultation.

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