Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

When we make the difficult decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home, we rightfully expect that the facility staff will treat them with the upmost respect and care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and devastating instances of nursing home abuse and neglect can take place. When this is the case, elderly individuals might not only suffer physical trauma, but emotional turmoil as well through no fault of their own.

At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we believe that negligent and abusive nursing home staff members and administrators should be held accountable for these despicable actions. As such, our experienced team is dedicated to seeing that those responsible for perpetrating instances of abuse and neglect are held accountable for any and all harm they inflict on those in their care.

Nursing Home Abuse Cases We Handle

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms, and at Peck Ritchey, LLC, our team is ready to put their experience to work in cases involving:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Negligence
  • Malnutrition/Dehydration
  • Bed Sores
  • Falls
  • Medication Errors

Nursing home staff members have an enormous responsibility to give our loved ones the best care possible. When they fail to uphold this responsibility, taking legal action may be necessary. At Peck Ritchey, LLC, we have the experience necessary to guide you through your legal options. We believe that elder abuse and neglect cannot be tolerated and as such, we are committed to helping you in your fight for justice.

Contact Peck Ritchey, LLC Today

If your loved one has suffered at the hands of a careless or malicious nursing home staff member, the legal team at Peck Ritchey, LLC, is ready to provide you with the experienced, aggressive representation you need. Call our offices today at (855) 328-5787 to learn more.

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect FAQs

How can I determine if abuse is occurring?

The elderly are already more vulnerable to small injuries like scrapes and bruises, often resulting from normal levels of daily activity, which can sometimes make it difficult to determine if abuse is occurring or not. To make matters worse, many victims do not feel comfortable coming forward or fear retaliation from their abuser and often remain silent when they are being abused. In these situations, it is best to look for signs of abuse over time, such as continually unexplained or serious injuries, bed sores, and loss of interest in social activities or other symptoms of depression that often accompany abuse. It is also important to talk to your loved one about what has been happening and create an open dialogue in which they may be more likely to disclose information about abuse.

What is elopement and is it considered abuse?

Elopement refers to the act of nursing home patients wandering off of the premises without permission or supervision. This is usually an act of neglect on the part of the nursing home staff, which is a form of abuse. There should be adequate security measures and supervision to prevent elopement from happening, and elopement can have serious consequences for patients if they fall, become lost, or enter into a dangerous situation, which can result in serious injury and even death in severe cases. If you have a loved one who has been hurt as a result of elopement and neglect, there is legal help for your situation.

What are some common forms of nursing home abuse?

There are many forms of nursing home abuse and each may be characterized or manifest differently. Some common examples include bed sores and stiff muscles from neglect, physical abuse that results in abrasions and bruises, sexual assault, and theft from patients, many of whom may not even realize they are being stolen from. Additionally, the elderly may experience emotional or psychological abuse from their abusers, which is also a tactic that keeps victims from coming forward and seeking help to get away from their abuser. Nursing abuse can appear in a variety of circumstances, so if something seems wrong, it is always best to investigate.