What’s the difference between nursing home neglect and abuse?
Generally, nursing home neglect is the failure to meet a patient’s needs or provide appropriate care. Nursing home abuse in Oklahoma is defined in a way that rises to a higher level, which is when a nursing home staff member (or members) takes steps that actually harm a patient. There are four basic types of nursing home neglect:
The nursing home is required to provide food, water, and a safe, clean environment for each resident. If this doesn’t happen, it’s neglecting a resident’s basic needs.
The patient doesn’t receive adequate assistance in order to have clean laundry, bathe, brush their teeth, or complete other personal cleanliness habits.
Emotional or social
The patient is ignored or treated harshly or with a lack of empathy or understanding of their basic needs and feelings.
It’s the role of a nursing home to provide medical attention, prevention, and medication for bed sores, infections, cuts, complications from diabetes, cognitive diseases, and mobility issues. Failure to provide proper attention to these needs is medical neglect.
- Use of physical force
- Inappropriate use of restraints
- Ridicule or humiliation
- Stealing money or bank account numbers
- Any range of other behavior
A resident in a nursing home could experience physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. If you suspect that’s happening, you should contact one of our nursing home abuse lawyers in Oklahoma City right away.
Working with McIntyre Law
Based in Oklahoma, nursing home abuse attorneys from McIntyre Law have a keen understanding of both how to spot nursing home neglect or abuse and how to navigate the system to correct it and hold the appropriate people responsible. Don’t wait until a loved one becomes seriously ill — or even dies — before you call us to help stop the abuse. McIntyre Law has a team of top nursing home abuse lawyers in Oklahoma City who know the ins and outs of the elder care system and are dedicated to giving you the best legal representation possible. We’ll work fast to ensure that your loved one is treated with care and respect.
When you entrust your spouse, parent, or grandparent’s care to a nursing home, you should be able to expect that they’ll be treated properly and get the specific care they need. Most people don’t go into it thinking they’ll need to deal with issues of neglect or abuse, or that they might need a lawyer. But it happens. If your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, contact us today for more information about how we can help.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a contingency fee basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any settlement or award from the lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your nursing home abuse lawsuit, you don’t pay. We only get paid if you do.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?
It can be hard to spot nursing home abuse or neglect. This is for a number of reasons. One could be that staff members are on their best behavior when visitors are present. However, it could also be because nursing home residents are less verbal or are suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia, which would make it hard for them to report to a relative what’s happening to them.
At McIntyre Law, we have the top nursing home abuse attorneys in Oklahoma. They’re specially trained to find evidence that goes beyond the patient’s physical appearance. If you see any of the following signs in a loved one, it’s important to call us immediately. It could be the difference between life and death.
- Unexplained bruises and cuts
- Heavy administration of medication or drugs
- Extreme or rapid weight loss or gain
- Drastic changes in personality
- Unexpected illness or death
- Bedsores or pressure sores
- Broken hip or other bones from a fall or assault
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Inappropriate use of physical restraints
- Drug overdose or injury from incorrect medication (or dosage)
- Physical, emotional and psychological abuse
- Exposure from wandering off the grounds due to a lack of supervision
If you arrive to visit your loved one and you’re denied visitation (during regular visiting hours), or if the staff won’t allow you to be alone with your loved one, these could be signs that they have something to hide.
Meet our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
At McIntyre Law, we understand the indignities of elder abuse. That’s why we’re committed to giving you the best legal representation possible and won’t rest until you get justice.
I think my loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse. What should I do now?
If you suspect that abuse is taking place, or if anything seems out of the ordinary, there are steps you can take to ensure that appropriate care is being provided.
- First, raise these issues to the nursing home’s management. They’re required by Oklahoma law to address your concerns, and they must have a written policy explaining this.
- If you’re unsatisfied by the management’s response, or if you don’t see improvement by the next visit, you can contact the National Adult Protective Services Association to file a report. This is the time to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
- Or you could call the National Center on Elder Abuse at (855) 500-3537 for additional guidance.
- Lasly, if you believe that your loved one, or any nursing home resident, is experiencing a serious and immediate threat of harm, don’t hesitate to call 911 or your local emergency number for immediate assistance.