Fort Collins Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer

Blazing the trail for your recovery

You have a right to recover financial compensation for physical or emotional damages you suffered at the hands of a negligent nursing home. We’ll listen, find who’s liable, and help make you whole.

Contact Nursing Home Justice Today

Current Section

01: About Nursing Home Justice

Relentlessly Pursuing Justice for Nursing Home Abuse Victims

When the unspeakable happens, we’ll protect you

When you make the courageous decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, you should be confident they are safe and being well cared for. Unfortunately, these institutions sometimes act as conduits for abuse, ranging from theft and misappropriation to neglect or even intentional physical harm.

A Fort Collins nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer may be able to help if you or a loved one has suffered harm or neglect in a nursing home. Once retained, could investigate the matter, establish your legal rights, and file a claim against negligent nursing home administrators or staff.

Mac Hester, founding attorney of Nursing Home Justice, has over 35 years of experience helping victims of abuse recover emotionally and financially from the abuse they endured.

Current Section

02: Getting Started

Get Started on Your Journey for Justice & Compensation

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

Abuse and neglect in nursing homes can come in many ways. Whether you or a loved one suffered physical abuse or neglectful care that led to severe injuries, identifying the cause and recognizing the signs is the first step toward recovery.


Warning Signs of Abuse & Neglect

 You might notice the following signs of abuse:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Malnourishment or dehydration
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Poor hygiene and sanitation

You or a loved one might have experienced any one of these signs. If so, call Nursing Home Justice Today at (303) 775-8128.

Common Types of Abuse & Injuries

Neglect is the lack of care or attention to a resident whereas abuse is the direct assault of a patient. This is often intentional, and it doesn’t always have to be a physical assault.

Types of Abuse

The following types of abuse include:

  • Physical assault
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Emotional abuse
  • Chemical restraints
  • Medicare/Medicaid fraud
  • Intentionally withholding medical care
  • Threats

Injuries from Abuse

This physical abuse could lead to several injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Brain injuries or concussions
  • Hip injuries
  • Genital bruising
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Common Forms of Neglect & Injuries

Understaffed, negligent nursing homes often neglect their patients. This failure to provide necessary care causes lasting harm on residents.

Types of Neglect

Forms of neglect in nursing homes include:

  • Failing to provide residents with proper hygiene
  • Failing to monitor residents with Alzheimer’s
  • Failing to provide fall risk protection
  • Failing to rotate patients properly, causing bedsores
  • Failing to report sudden changes in a resident’s condition
  • Failing to provide patients with enough food and water

Injuries & Consequences of Neglect

The following injuries that result from neglect include:

  • Wandering and elopement
  • Bedsores
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Infections and sepsis
  • Injuries from falling
  • Health decline

Wrongful Death

Sometimes, the abuse or neglect could be so severe that a loved one suffered an untimely death. You can still recover compensation in this case. Nursing Home Justice will help file a wrongful death claim and take you through the process.

Causes of Wrongful Death

One of the most common causes of wrongful death in nursing homes is medical errors. These errors include incorrect or delayed diagnosis, prescription mistakes, or botched medical procedures. Any of these errors could have fatal consequences.

Infections are another common cause of avoidable death in care facilities. These infections can occur due to unsanitary conditions, bedsores, or neglectful care. Unsanitary conditions can have other fatal consequences as well, including spreading disease and exacerbating existing health problems.

Finally, injuries stemming from falls are also a common cause of death in nursing homes. Some falls occur due to poor training of the workers, not having enough staff present, and when nursing employees fail to maintain appropriate safety or cleaning measures.

Learn More About Wrongful Death

Underlying Causes of Abuse & Neglect

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

Nursing home facilities are run by larger parent companies and are essentially cogs in a much larger web of nationwide chains. These parent companies are more concerned with profits, rather than the safety of their residents.

Due to their greed, they cut corners by hiring unqualified staff, poorly training them, instituting cost-cutting competitions, and making several other careless decisions that ultimately put the residents at risk. This creates an endless cycle of abuse and neglect.

Types of Elder & Disabled Care Facilities

Abuse and neglect can occur at any type of care facility, including:

Nursing Homes

These facilities consist of older patients in need of extensive care. For this reason, nursing homes are more medically focused and provide residents with 24/7 supervision to help with daily task.

Long-Term Care Facilities

These facilities consist of residents in need of care for possibly the rest of their life. They help physically and mentally incapacitated patients with daily tasks like a nursing home would.

Alzheimer and Memory Care Facilities

These care facilities supervise mentally incapacitated patients and provide all the same services a long-term care facility would. Memory care facilities have secured units that prevent patients from eloping.

Rehabilitation Facilities

Residents in rehab facilities have suffered an injury or worsening medical condition that could be healed. The goal is to get patients back to their normal life as soon as possible.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities supervise residents in an apartment-style environment. They have staff on-site but are not as medically focused as a nursing home.

Group Homes

Group Homes are run in a private residence and have limited capacity. These homes take care of patients with several disabilities. Patients could be 65+ and require assistance with daily tasks or they could suffer from a mental health disorder that requires intense monitoring.

End the Abuse & Neglect Today

We're here and ready to listen. Fill out our secure contact form today so we can get started on your case.

Contact Nursing Home Justice Today

Does My Injury Qualify for Compensation?

Question 1/5

Have you or someone you know been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Our firm reaches success through our attention to detail, genuine care for our clients, and relentless desire to make you whole.

Current Section

03: Compensation

What Compensation Can I Recover?

You have a right to recover compensation for you or your loved one’s suffering.

Damages in an Injury Case

You could recover the following damages in a nursing home abuse case:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Physical impairment

We’ll consider all the ways your injuries impacted your life.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

If a resident dies from substandard care, surviving family members could recover the following:

  • 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


Current Section

04: How to Prepare

Prepare for What Lies Ahead

Here are some things you can do to begin your trek toward justice.

Remove Yourself or Loved One from the Facility

The first step is to leave the facility. Remaining in the hostile environment will only lead to more abuse and could even hurt your case. The nursing home may argue that if the abuse was so severe, you would have left the facility.

Obtain Records from the Facility

You should obtain copies of all the resident’s medical records. The facility won’t hand these over willingly. If they try to delay, deny, or further hinder the process, Nursing Home Justice can help.

Consider Filing a Complaint with the State

File a complaint for abuse with the facility, local Ombudsman, or with the state. You could also file one online with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Give Your Nursing Home Lawyer Any Evidence You Have

Collect any photos or videos of bruises, cuts, or other injuries sustained from the abuse. Also, document any conversations between you and nursing home staff that show signs of emotional abuse.

Families Should Speak with One Voice

It’s vital that families put off any disagreements about a loved one’s medical care and speak with one voice. Focusing solely on your claim is the best way to recover all you’re owed and obtain justice.

Current Section

05: What to Look For

Watch Out for Pitfalls Along the Way

Be careful of anything that might hurt your claim for compensation.

in this section, we'll cover:

Don’t Trust the Facility

Whatever facility caused the abuse may claim to be on your side. However, you can’t afford to trust them. They answer to their parent company and will do anything to limit your claim. These facilities have a lot to lose and won’t go down easy.

Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations

Claims against government entities have a time limit of six months. For intentional torts, you have one year. Other negligence and wrongful death claims have a statute of limitations of two years.

Reach the Peak of Justice

When you’ve been wronged by a nursing home, we’ll help you recover by:

  • Investigating your claim and gathering the evidence to prove fault
  • Informing you of your rights and standards facilities must uphold
  • Negotiating a settlement for fair compensation

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