Denver Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Nursing homes can provide extra support and care for aging loved ones and those with special needs. Tragically, though, not all nursing homes offer the attention and protective oversight families may expect. This can end up leading to nursing home abuse and neglect, which can have devastating physical and psychological effects on the most vulnerable members of our community.
At Dormer Harpring, our attorneys understand how devastating nursing home abuse can be – and how important it is to have effective legal advocacy through the recovery process. That is why we are dedicated to helping nursing home abuse survivors and the families of nursing home abuse victims recover so they can focus on healing and getting their lives back to normal.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can come in various forms and at the hands of various parties. For instance, this type of abuse can include verbal, physical, sexual, and/or financial abuse, committed by nursing home staff, other residents in the home, or possibly even visitors to the home (like other relatives).
If any of your loved ones is currently living in a nursing home, here are some of the most common red flags that (s)he may be the victim of nursing home abuse:
- New, unexplained physical injuries (such as bruises, lacerations, broken bones, etc.)
- Delays in reporting new injuries to the family and/or the resident’s physician
- Emotional withdrawal and isolation
- Increased anxiety, fear, or apprehension, especially around specific nursing home staff members and/or residents
- Other sudden behavioral changes (such as sucking on thumbs, bedwetting, or rocking back and forth.
Remember that the parties responsible for nursing home abuse or neglect often choose victims who will have a hard time telling their family or other caregivers what is happening to them.
Some of the common results of nursing home neglect can include (but are by no means limited to):
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Instances of elopement (i.e., leaving or wandering away from the nursing home)
- Increased infections (which can result from unsanitary conditions, for instance).
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, abrasions, or even broken bones.
Liability for Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect: Who’s at Fault?
When nursing home residents are the targets of any type of abuse or neglect, the responsible parties can include (but may not be limited to):
- Nursing home staff members, if they commit the abusive actions themselves or they fail to notice, prevent, or rectify other harmful situations
- Nursing homes and the companies that own them, if they hire unqualified staff, they fail to train staff, they fail to retain enough staff to care for residents, and/or their policies otherwise contribute to or promote any abuse against or neglect of their residents.
When abuse survivors and their families have the courage to stand up for their rights and pursue legal claims, survivors can be entitled to damages for their:
- Medical bills and future treatment needs
- Pain and mental suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at Dormer Harpring
If you or someone you love has been victimized by nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at Dormer Harpring for unique, carefully-tailored representation throughout the recovery process.
At Dormer Harpring, we are devoted to helping injured people and doing everything we can to help them get their lives back to normal.
Call (303) 747-4404 or email us via the contact form on this page to find out more about how we can help you. Our commitment to representing people from all walks of life means that we never charge for a consultation and that our legal fees are “contingent,” meaning they’re based only on the amount we recover.
From offices based in Denver, our attorneys provide exceptional representation to people throughout Denver County, Adams County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and the state of Colorado.