Nursing homes have a legal obligation to provide proper care to all their residents. When they do not act responsibly the elderly and disabled can suffer serious injuries that could have been prevented. Elder abuse and neglect is an all-too-frequent occurrence in adult care and skilled nursing facilities. We need to correct these injustices and protect the helpless victims of nursing home errors and abuse.
Representing Victims of Gross Nursing Home Neglect
At the law firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., based in Kansas City, Missouri, we provide practical advice and strong representation to victims of nursing home injury. Our attorneys have decades of experience seeking financial justice for victims injured due to: improperly trained staff, hiring of unqualified staff, improper supervision of patients, dereliction in duties, improper physical contact with patients, improper location of safety devices and faulty equipment. If your loved one was hurt as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, we can help.
Nursing homes are highly regulated. Knowledge of these regulations and where to find information about state inspections and violations are key to the successful pursuit of these claims. We know where to find the information in Missouri, Kansas and elsewhere. Frequently, the nursing home that has failed you or your loved one, has failed others in the past.
Facilities that fail to protect residents can be sued for negligence and compelled to compensate victims and their families. The four most common types of abuse are: physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.
Types of Cases We Handle
Most cases involving bed sores (decubitus ulcers) stem from neglect on the part of nursing home staff. In general, a resident develops sores on his or her skin after prolonged periods of lying or sitting in the same position. This is a preventable condition.
Elderly people can fall easily. Joints, bones, muscles and neural networks simply break down over time. This requires the nursing home to properly evaluate a resident for a fall risk.
While some nursing home accidents simply can’t be prevented, many falls occur as a result of negligence on the part of the nursing home – particularly when the home knew a resident was at risk.
Sexual Abuse in nursing homes usually takes place because the resident is not able to communicate due to a medical condition or is intimidated by the abuser. However, staff members are not the only ones who can be the abusers. Residents with psychiatric disorders or criminal histories may sexually abuse other residents.
Nursing homes and medical facilities can be held liable for their failure to monitor employees and protect residents under their care.
Real Guidance, Strong Discovery
At the law firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., we provide practical advice and strong representation to victims of nursing home injury. If your loved one was hurt as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, we can help. Our attorneys have handled countless nursing home cases, including those related to:
- Elderly persons whose bed sores became infected
- Residents who developed bed sores along with others in the same facility
- Inadequate staffing
- Improper wound care
- Failure to turn patients
- Nursing and assisted living facilities that asserted the resident did not complain or ask for help
We can help you if
- Notice was given to a facility about a previous fall or other fall risk
- Your family member was not supposed to stand up or walk on his or her own
- Your family member takes medication or has another issue that causes weakness
- Your family member was left on the floor or otherwise neglected following a fall
- There is a pattern of falls at your loved one’s facility
- Your case involves improper risk assessment or procedures related to falls
- Inadequate staffing
- You believe your family member was physically or sexually assaulted or otherwise deliberately mistreated
Nursing home negligence cases rely heavily on records, forms and other factors that require extensive discovery and, often, medical expertise. Nursing homes are also heavily regulated, and you need an attorney who is familiar with nursing home regulations and has access to records demonstrating prior regulatory violations. Nursing homes and their insurance companies know this, and they may block your efforts to investigate a fall or another type of incident. That is why you need a knowledgeable, experienced attorney on your side.
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Falls and other injuries in nursing homes are problematic and worrisome. Contact the law firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C., to discuss your concerns. We offer a free confidential consultation.