Families often have no alternative but to place a loved one who is too old or sick to care for themselves in a nursing home. This is often done reluctantly, but we trust that these facilities will provide the care necessary to ensure safety and comfort. When this trust is broken, however, due to neglect or, worse, abuse, it can be devastating.
Common signs of nursing home neglect or abuse include:
These issues may result from one or more of the following:
What often makes nursing home neglect or abuse more difficult to detect is that patients are often unable to speak up for themselves. Alternatively, they may be unwilling or unable to speak up about neglect or abuse, worrying that staff will get angry and treat them worse, or afraid that they won’t be believed.
What should you do if you suspect an issue?
If you suspect staff is neglecting and/or abusing your loved one, take detailed notes about the suspected abuse/neglect, take photos, and gather medical records. File a formal complaint with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. If the neglect or abuse is sufficiently serious, try to move the patient to another facility.
You should also contact the trusted lawyers at Miskin Law. Our team has the knowledge and skill to effectively advocate on your behalf in these matters, and obtain the compensation you and your loved one deserve. No amount of compensation for injuries can ever fully replace what you or your loved ones have lost, but we will work hard to seek the financial resources to assist you, to the extent possible, in the healing and recovery process.
Miskin Law lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You don’t pay unless money is recovered on your behalf in a settlement or judgment. Miskin Law will also take care of any up-front expenses, which are typically recovered upon settlement.