Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Every year, there are horror reports about nursing homes neglecting or abusing our loved ones. Friedman Law Offices, P.C., L.L.O. is dedicated to compensating victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Nebraska. You can contact us online or at 888.419.6876.
Nursing home neglect and abuse often occurs for a number of reasons including: poorly qualified and inadequately trained staff; staff with a history of violence; inadequate numbers of staff; and the reluctance of residents to report abuse out of embarrassment or fear. Unless an outside physician or the resident notifies someone about the possibility of abuse or neglect, family members and friends must be vigilant in looking for signs of neglect or abuse. There are certain signs to look for in nursing home abuse and neglect including bed sores, broken bones, unexplained injuries, malnutrition, dehydration or an unexpected death.
There are a number of government agencies that oversee nursing homes. They have their own enforcement procedures. In Nebraska, under negligence law, to prove neglect or abuse against a nursing home, you must prove three things: (1) that the nursing home breached a duty of care owed to the injured person; (2) that the person's injury was caused by either the actions or inactions in carrying out this duty; (3) that the nursing home action or inaction caused the injury. There are other possible theories of recovery for injuries or death caused by a nursing home.
The Federal government passed legislation that protects the rights of nursing home residents. This legislation, usually called the Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights, includes provisions to protect your loved ones from abuse and neglect. These rights include:
- The right to freedom from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect;
- The right to freedom from physical restraints;
- The right to privacy;
- The right to accommodation of medical, physical, psychological, and social needs;
- The right to participate in resident and family groups;
- The right to be treated with dignity;
- The right to exercise self-determination;
- The right to communicate freely;
- The right to participate in the review of one's care plan, and to be fully informed in advance about any changes in care, treatment, or change of status in the facility;
- The right to voice grievances without discrimination or reprisal;
There are certain exceptions depending on the physical and mental status of the residents but these rights are generally available to all residents.
If you or a loved have been injured due to the neglect or abuse of a nursing home, contact Friedman Law Offices, P.C., L.L.O., Nebraska nursing home abuse lawyers. Our office is located in Lincoln, but we successfully advocated for clients throughout the state of Nebraska. You can contact us online or at 888.419.6876 for an immediate evaluation of your case. There is no cost for an initial consultation.