Individuals in assisted living facilities should trust their healthcare providers to give them the highest level of care and help improve their quality of life wherever possible.
However, when these establishments fail to uphold their obligation to their residents, victims may have the right to compensation for their damages. Get help seeking the compensation you deserve when you contact Nursing Home Justice for a free consultation.
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Abuse in assisted living facilities continues to be a major cause for concern across the state of Colorado. An experienced attorney with an in-depth understanding of Colorado law is essential to your case. Nursing Home Justice doesn’t back down from large corporations and their insurance companies.
Attorney Mac Hester, leading Nursing Home Justice, has over 35 years of experience in compassionate legal advocacy. We’ll help victims of assisted living abuse regain their dignity and recover the compensation you need to get through these difficult times.
Abuse in assisted-living facilities is far more common than you might think. Residents in assisted-living facilities may be more capable of completing their daily living activities; however, that does not mean their caregivers should not uphold their duty of care.
Assisted living facility residents have been known to suffer the same types of the abuse and neglect that occur in nursing homes and other types of disabled care facilities.
Many people assume nursing homes and assisted living facilities are the same. However, they are slightly different. In nursing homes, patients are usually elderly or disabled and require care around the clock.
They may need assistance eating, drinking, moving around, bathing, and otherwise completing daily living tasks. In many cases, patients may have limited mobility. Nursing homes often care for patients on a long-term basis.
Assisted living facilities are not as medically focused as nursing homes may be. Residents live in apartment-style housing where they are provided 24-hour supervision, meals, recreational activities, and more.
There are different types of assisted living facilities, and they are not always just for the elderly.
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Abuse in assisted living facilities is quite similar to abuse endured in nursing home environments and includes:
When an individual engages in non-consensual sexual activity with residents living in an assisted living facility, this could be considered sexual abuse.
Verbal assault, degradation, intimidation, threats, harassment, and bullying are all examples of emotional or psychological abuse in Colorado assisted living facilities.
Kicking, hitting, punching, slapping, and inappropriate or excessive use of restraints are examples of physical abuse in Colorado assisted-living facilities.
When residents in assisted living facilities are taken advantage of financially, whether their money has been stolen or their financial power of attorney has been changed, they are subjected to financial abuse.
When assisted living facility residents are abused, they can suffer various injuries, illnesses, and consequences.
Some of these include:
There are many parties who could share liability for the abuse you or your loved one experienced in an assisted living facility. These facilities are often operated by larger companies known as parent companies.
The parent company is often more concerned with making profits and compensating shareholders than they are with taking proper care of patients.
This makes assisted living facilities a profit-driven system across every job responsibility within the facility.
With that in mind, some of the more common causes of assisted-living abuse include:
Assisted living facilities should provide an adequate background check on potential candidates to ensure caregivers with a history of abuse aren’t hired. When these facilities cut corners and don’t take the proper steps in hiring employees, they could put residents at risk of abuse.
Sometimes, understaffed assisted living facilities don’t have the personnel required to supervise caregivers. Staff could intimidate, hurt, or otherwise abuse residents without facing disciplinary action.
Due to the profit-driven parent companies, staff could work long hours with little pay. This stressful environment could cause staff to be violent toward their residents. Furthermore, low-paying positions might attract inexperienced workers that fail to care for patients properly.
In assisted living facility abuse cases, establishing fault is critical. There are multiple parties who could share liability for the abuse you or your loved one endured.
Some of the parties that could be held accountable include:
The compensation assisted living facility abuse victims have the right to recover is varied. You have the right to be made whole and compensated for every loss you endured.
When filing an injury claim, you could recover both economic and non-economic damages, such as:
If you lost a loved one due to abuse or neglect in an assisted living facility, you might have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party.
Here, you may have the opportunity to recover one or more of the following damages:
When you have suffered abuse in an assisted living facility, the evidence needed to prove your case must be convincing.
Some of the more powerful types of evidence could include:
Reporting abuse in assisted living facilities will often assist you to get justice. There are several ways to begin the process of reporting your suspicions.
If you have concerns that you or someone you love may be suffering from abuse in an assisted living facility, consider these warning signs of abuse:
Nursing Home Justice is prepared to help you following the abuse you endured in your nursing home facility. You should have received the utmost compassion and care from your healthcare providers.
Attorney Mac Hester, leading Nursing Home Justice, will help you by: