Under ideal circumstances, your elderly loved ones would be able to live their lives without fear of mistreatment or abuse. Unfortunately, there are several parties that are more than willing to take advantage of someone who doesn’t understand their circumstances or who can’t defend themselves.
Nursing homes are supposed to keep your loved ones safe from harm. If you suspect that your loved one’s nursing home is actively violating your loved one’s right to safety and comfort, you can take legal action. 1Law’s nursing home abuse lawyers in Provo, UT, are prepared to help you file a civil case against the offending institution.
Nursing home staff can use a variety of means to take advantage of their residents. The most common forms of nursing home abuse include physical, financial, sexual, and emotional mistreatment.
Physical abuse describes the act of using excessive harm or excessive negligence, including medical malpractice, to physically injure an elder. This form of abuse has significant overlap with sexual abuse. That said, sexual abuse involves non-consensual – or in some cases, even consensual but unaware – acts of intimacy or intercourse with an elder.
Financial abuse sees a nursing home staff overcharge an elder for their care or otherwise misuse their funds. Finally, emotional abuse – the hardest of these abuses to detect – can see a staff deliberately isolate and/or torment a resident with the purpose of compromising their sense of self-worth.
Nursing homes and their staff must provide your loved one with reasonable care and treatment. A facility that fails to do so can be accused of violating the duty of care that it owes to its residents. So long as you can prove that an institution has violated its duty of care, you can advocate for your loved ones in civil court.
Should you want to take a case of nursing home abuse to court, you must file a nursing home abuse complaint. You can do so with the help of Provo, UT, nursing home abuse attorneys. Specifically, our team can investigate a nursing home for evidence of abuse and help you bring together the data you need to present your loved one’s losses in full detail.
That said, explaining the need to go to court to a loved one can be a challenge. Fortunately, we’re prepared to do this work on your behalf. We can work together to keep your elderly loved ones in the know while respecting their autonomy.
There are several benefits to filing a nursing home abuse complaint. You can protect your loved ones from further harm while also mitigating any losses or harm they’ve endured.
At the same time, these complaints allow you to better control the narrative of abuse that your loved one has endured. If a civil court opts to move your case forward, you have two options. You can negotiate for your loved one’s financial support in out-of-court negotiations. Alternatively, you can pursue a more traditional abuse trial.
It’s up to you to determine which of these means better suits your loved one’s best interests. If you begin with negotiations, for example, Provo nursing home abuse lawyers can still maneuver you into a trial should the need arise. Similarly, we can reopen negotiations even while a trial is ongoing. This way, we can ensure that the civil process serves you as efficiently as possible.
When you bring a complaint addressing nursing home abuse to a civil court, you fight for your loved one’s right to receive compensation for their losses. While your loved ones may not understand the extent of their losses, you can work with our team to assign an economic value to the treatment they endured.
More specifically, your loved one can request that their financial support include compensation for:
We can elaborate on the value of non-economic losses, like pain and suffering, during a case consultation. Moreover, we can ensure that your complaint makes it onto the desk of a county clerk within Utah’s personal injury statute of limitations. This way, your loved ones can have a better chance of winning the financial support they need to recover.
Your elderly loved ones deserve to be treated with respect, particularly if they need assistance in their day-to-day lives. Nursing home abuse does more than flagrantly misuse the trust you and your loved ones put into these facilities. It also endangers your loved ones’ well-being.
1Law is prepared to help you take legal action against the institutions that do your elderly loved ones harm. You can reach out to a nursing home abuse lawyer in Provo today to begin the process of filing a suit against an offending institution. Contact us through our website or over the phone to learn more about how we can handle your case.