Las Vegas Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer

Representing Nursing Home Abuse and Medical Malpractice Victims throughout Nevada

The decision to leave a loved one in the care of a nursing home is a difficult one, wrought with financial, emotional, and familial stress. Once the decision is made for a person to live in a nursing home, anything less than the best personal care and medical attention can be devastating. Substandard care that amounts to nursing home abuse and negligence may result in civil liability. It is important to act quickly to protect your rights and to remove an injured person from an abusive or negligent nursing home.

For more than 30 years, the Las Vegas elder abuse law firm of Robert M. Apple & Associates has been representing the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as other types of medical malpractice. Contact our office at (702) 646-0085 today to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated Las Vegas nursing home abuse attorneys.

What Is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a form of elder abuse, which can result in civil and criminal liability depending on the nature and severity of the abuse and neglect. According to the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, elder abuse is “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.”

By some estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or mistreated by someone whom they rely on for care, such as nursing home staff. As many as 2 percent to 10 percent of elderly Americans have experienced elder abuse, but only a fraction of the cases of elder abuse actually come to the attention of the appropriate authorities.

One of the most common types of elder abuse is neglect. Nursing homes are often overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded so the staff is unable to provide the appropriate and necessary standard of care. Moreover, nursing home abuse does not always consist of physical abuse or neglect. In many cases, it consists of financial abuse or neglecting to tend to a patient’s personal and emotional care.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Bed sores are one of the most common signs of nursing home negligence. In fact, one in ten nursing home residents suffer from a bed sore, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Though signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are not always visibly apparent, some other common signs of nursing home negligence include:

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Unsanitary and dirty living conditions
  • Soiled bed linens
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Open wounds
  • Sudden and unexplained changes in weight
  • Sudden and unexplained changes in mood or emotional health
  • Listlessness
  • Sudden and unusual financial transactions

Types of Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing homes and their staff have an obligation to provide the appropriate level of care to ensure the safety of their nursing home residents and patients. The failure to do so may be considered medical malpractice or violation of Nevada elder abuse laws. If the nursing home facility or a staff member is found liable for any resulting injuries – including emotional, physical, and financial injuries – the patient resident (or his or her family in the event of death) may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages.

Some common types of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  • Failure to turn patients to prevent bed sores
  • Failure to provide prompt and appropriate medical care
  • Failure to take reasonable precautions to prevent falls and injuries
  • Lack of proper nutrition and hydration
  • Lack of assistance with personal hygiene and bathroom functions
  • Failure to promptly answer call lights
  • Misappropriation of funds or misleading patient about financial decisions

Contact a Skilled Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney

The Las Vegas elder abuse law firm of Robert M. Apple & Associates understands just how emotionally and physically damaging nursing home abuse and neglect can be for a patient and his or her family. We are committed to not only protecting a client’s legal rights and interests, but to helping the client obtain the necessary medical treatment and find more suitable living arrangements, as well. We treat clients as people, not cases, and, as such, we provide each and every client with compassionate legal representation, exceptional client service, personal attention, knowledgeable and reasoned legal advice, and dedicated legal advocacy in a friendly and comfortable environment.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, contact the Las Vegas medical malpractice law firm of Robert M. Apple & Associates at (702) 646-0085 for a free, no-obligation consultation.