Denver Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer

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Nursing Home Justice fights for those abused and neglected in Denver nursing homes or other disabled care facilities. We’ll find who’s responsible and assist in your medical and monetary recovery.

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01: About Nursing Home Justice

Relentlessly Pursuing Justice for Denver Nursing Home Abuse Victims

When the unspeakable happens, we’ll protect you.

No one ever expects trusted healthcare providers and caregivers to take advantage of, abuse, and neglect their patients. These nursing homes and disabled care facilities should be a place for those who cannot care for themselves to feel safe and recover.

During this challenging time in your life, you need compassion and support — not a law firm that’s only interested in settling your case as quickly as possible. At Nursing Home Justice, we are prepared to devote our time and energy to your case.

Our considerable experience in helping injury victims bring their abusers — and those responsible for facilitating their abuse — to justice empowers you to recover the compensation you deserve.

Attorney Mac Hester has a proven track record of success with over 35 years of experience and will guide you through every step of the claims process.

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02: Getting Started

Get Started On Your Journey for Justice & Compensation

Understanding the signs, types, and causes of abuse & neglect.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many different forms. Caregivers may physically, emotionally, or sexually abuse their patients or fail to provide them with their most basic needs.

Warning Signs of Abuse & Neglect

Although abusers try to cover up their misdeeds, many signs tell you if a loved one has been abused or neglected, including:

  • Unexpected weight loss or gain
  • Social isolation around family members and nursing home staff
  • Unexplained behavioral changes
  • A sudden deterioration of the patient’s health
  • Injuries that cannot be explained
  • Intentional isolation by staff members without good cause

If you have noticed any of these signs of neglect or abuse, reach out to a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer at Nursing Home Justice. Call (303) 775-8128 today to determine how to report your concerns.

Initiating a discussion with the nursing home facility, contacting the local Ombudsman, and reporting the abuse or neglect to the Colorado Department of Human Services may be your next steps. Our team is here to help you explore how to best approach your case.

Common Types of Abuse & Injuries

You may be surprised to learn that nursing home abuse and neglect are two different things. While neglect can be unintentional, abuse is often intentional. The types of injuries you or your loved one suffered can vary based on the kind of abuse they endured.

Types of Abuse

Nursing home abuse can take many forms, some of which include:

  • Visitation restrictions
  • Physical assault
  • Emotional and psychological abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical and chemical restraints
  • Obstruction of facility medical treatment or care
  • Medicare fraud
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Financial abuse
  • Intentionally not providing patients with necessary medical care
  • Intimidation and threats

Injuries from Abuse

Patients can suffer many different types of injuries and symptoms as a result of nursing home abuse. Some of these include:

  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Hip injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Genital bruising
  • Depression
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Common Forms of Neglect & Injuries

In cases of abuse, the abuser is often acting deliberately. Neglect involves a failure to provide necessary care. Denver nursing home and disabled care staff members who lack required training or are engaging in other negligent behaviors can be held accountable for nursing home neglect.

Types of Neglect

Nursing home neglect, like abuse, can take many forms. Some examples of nursing home neglect could include:

  • Lack of necessary prescription medication
  • Failure to provide patients with proper hygiene and skincare
  • Failure to prevent assault by other residents
  • Failure to provide adequate liquids or foods
  • Lack of resident monitoring
  • Failure to feed patients properly
  • Failure to notify healthcare providers of resident changes in medical condition
  • Lack of fall risk protection
  • Failure to notify family members of resident changes in medical condition
  • Failure to adhere to physician’s directions
  • Failure to implement infectious disease controls
  • Failure to treat nursing home residents with respect and dignity

Injuries & Consequences of Neglect

Nursing home neglect can have devastating consequences, including the following:

  • Elopement (also known as wandering off)
  • General health declines
  • Malnutrition
  • Sepsis
  • Dehydration
  • Infections
  • Bedsores — pressure ulcers
  • Fall injuries caused by failure to provide fall risk protection
  • Dirt and grime buildup from lack of proper hygiene
  • Deterioration in health caused by medication errors
  • Adverse reactions caused by medical errors
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social withdrawal

Wrongful Death

It is more common than you might think for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect to succumb to their conditions and pass away. If this happens, you might get justice by pursuing a wrongful death claim against them.

Having an experienced legal advocate on your side who has considerable knowledge in the medical field can give you an edge with the insurance company and in civil court.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and other disabled care facilities can be caused in several ways, including:

  1. Abuse or neglect that directly causes death
  2. Abuse or neglect that leads to deterioration of health, ultimately resulting in death
  3. Untimely treatment of an injury or medical condition
  4. Inadequate treatment of an injury or medical condition
  5. Medical and nursing errors
  6. Failure to provide skilled nursing care because Medicare benefits have run out
  7. Failure to refer the resident to a medical specialist
  8. Failure to timely transfer the resident to a hospital 

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Underlying Causes of Abuse & Neglect

It’s not just the individual abuser; it’s the system.

You may be surprised to learn that many assisted-living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes are a part of nationwide chains.

Generally, nursing homes and other relevant entities are owned by parent companies who are then responsible for distributing profits to shareholders.

This means nearly everyone involved in the nursing facility system is affected by the success of the company in general.

Cost-Cutting Methods Big Businesses Use

Nursing home facilities — including their big corporations — have been known to engage in several methods to increase profits to satisfy their shareholders. Some of these tactics include:

  • Under budgeting
  • Hiring an experienced or under qualified staff
  • Underpaying employees
  • Understaffing nursing home facilities
  • Overworking employees
  • Cost-cutting competitions
  • Lack of worker supervision
  • Inadequate employee training
  • Profit-based bonuses for facility administrators

All these tactics come at the expense of facility residents and patients. When staff is underpaid and overworked, they are more likely to engage in behaviors that result in neglect, abuse, and overall substandard care.

Types of Elder & Disabled Care Facilities

Neglect and abuse are common in not only nursing homes, but elder care facilities, disabled care facilities, and other types of patient care systems.

Understanding how your family member’s abuse occurred can help determine who is responsible for the abuse or neglect they endured.

Nursing Homes

Most nursing homes have patients of advanced age and require around-the-clock care.

They may need assistance with eating, drinking, moving, bathing, and taking care of themselves. Residents can live in nursing homes on a short or long-term basis.

Long-Term Care Facilities

People who need 24/7 care on a long-term basis may look for the help they need through a long-term care facility.

They can help individuals who are no longer able to take care of themselves improve their quality of life by providing them with transportation, meals, physical care, and engagement in social events.

Alzheimer and Memory Care Facilities

Individuals with Alzheimers disease and other mental incapacitations may benefit from memory care facilities that offer long-term services and specialized treatment plans. These facilities are often secured to prevent residence from elopement (wandering off).

Rehabilitation Facilities

People who suffer injuries, illnesses, or worsening medical conditions may move to a rehabilitation facility for temporary treatment and medical care.

The idea is to treat the patients’ injuries in a timely manner so they can return home or to an assisted living facility.

Assisted Living Facilities

Rehabilitation centers and nursing home facilities are more medically focused than assisted living facilities. In assisted-living facilities, patients have 24-hour supervision, are offered daily meals, and engage in recreational activities in apartment-style housing.

Group Homes

Group homes are only capable of providing care to disabled or elderly people on a limited basis.

Group homes are private residences — also frequently referred to as residential care facilities — for people who are developmentally or intellectually disabled, people who have mental health or behavioral disorders, or individuals 60 years of age or older.

No matter what type of care facility neglected or abused you or your loved one, Nursing Home Justice is here to help you hold them accountable.

Elder & Disabled Care Facilities in Denver, Colorado

There are many disabled care and nursing home facilities in Denver, Colorado. Here are some of the most well-known:

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03: Compensation

What Compensation Can I Recover?

Nursing homes and care facilities that allow their patients to suffer abuse or neglect may be subject to liability when families pursue insurance and civil claims against them.

Damages in an Injury Case

When a resident suffers abuse or neglect by a caregiver, they can be compensated for a variety of economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Mental anguish
  • Relocation expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Loss of income or earning capacity in some cases
  • Incidental expenses

Damages in a Denver, CO Wrongful Death Case

If a care facility resident passes away from neglect or abuse, their surviving spouse, designated beneficiary, or heir has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for one or more of the following losses:

  • Loss of financial support that the decedent would have provided to the surviving spouse, heirs, or designated beneficiary (if the decedent was returning to work)
  • Funeral expenses
  • Non-economic damages for grief, sorrow, and loss of companionship

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04: How to Prepare

Prepare for Your Denver Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Case

When you are ready to take action for the abuse you or your loved one endured, there are some steps you can take to build the strongest case possible.

Remove Yourself or Loved One from the Facility

The very first thing you need to do when you suspect neglect or abuse is to remove the patient from the care facility. If you do not remove yourself or your loved one from the nursing home or disabled care facility, the defense may argue that this is a sign you were not genuinely concerned about your claims.

Obtain Records from the Facility

Be sure to request copies of the patient’s medical records as soon as you decide to remove your loved one from the facility.

And be forewarned, the nursing home may ignore your request, provide you with redacted records, or delay the processing of your request. Nursing Home Justice can help show the facility how seriously you are taking your case.

Consider Filing a Complaint with the State

You have many options available to you when you discover nursing home abuse or neglect. You have the opportunity to:

Give Your Nursing Home Lawyer Any Evidence You Have

If you have photos of your family member’s injuries, signs of the physical abuse they may have endured, medical documentation, financial records, or any other evidence that could be used to support your case, make sure you provide it to your attorney to include as part of your nursing home abuse claim.

Families Should Speak with One Voice

When your family suspects nursing home abuse or neglect, it is critical that you come together. Even if you have disagreements regarding your loved one’s medical care, working together will be the best way to bring the liable party to justice.

 

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05: What to Look For

Watch Out for Pitfalls Along the Way

It is important to remember that there are many things that could hurt your nursing home abuse claim along the way.

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Don’t Trust the Facility

Although you may have trusted the nursing home or care facility when you first placed your loved one there, it is important to remember that the facility is not on your side.

They are not going to handle your case reasonably when their profits are on the line. The nursing home’s parent company can face negative publicity, financial consequences, and other harmful penalties if you win your case.

Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations

There may be more than one statute of limitations or deadline in Colorado that could have an impact on the outcome of your case. If you are pursuing a wrongful death claim or a claim for general negligence, you may have as much as two years to get your claim filed.

If you are pursuing a governmental claim, you may have just six months in which to file a notice of claim with the governmental entity. And, other factors could affect the running of the statute of limitations or other deadlines.

Nursing Home Justice is here to provide you with the clarity you need to file your claim before deadlines negatively impact your insurance or civil claims.

 

Reach the Peak of Justice in Your Denver Nursing Home Claim

Nursing Home Justice is here to help you or your loved one restore dignity and secure the compensation you’re entitled to. Some of our top responsibilities will include:

  • Making sure patients understand their rights
  • Helping patients understand healthcare facility standards
  • Investigating your claims of abuse or neglect
  • Obtaining evidence needed to prove liability
  • Negotiating with the insurance company and obtaining a fair settlement
  • Relentlessly pursuing compensation through litigation and trial

Nursing Home Justice serves the entire state of Colorado, including:

  • Denver
  • Arvada
  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Brighton
  • Broomfield
  • Castle Rock
  • Centennial
  • Colorado Springs
  • Commerce City
  • Fort Collins
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Grand Junction
  • Greeley
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Lakewood
  • Littleton
  • Longmont
  • Loveland
  • Northglenn
  • Parker
  • Pueblo
  • Thornton
  • Westminster
  • Windsor