Iowa Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer
The lifespan of the average American is longer than ever before. One of the impacts of this development is that more and more people are living in nursing home and assisted living facilities. Sadly, too many of these businesses value profit over the health and happiness of their residents. The tragic results can include neglect, health problems, and even abuse.
If one of your loved ones has been the victim of careless or even malicious nursing home workers, LaMarca & Landry, P.C. can help. Our experienced Iowa nursing home malpractice lawyers will fight for your loved one’s rights and dignity. Call us at 877-327-2600 to schedule a free case review today.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse
Elderly abuse can take many forms, such as physical, emotional, and financial (scams or theft). Some examples of abuse that nursing home residents have suffered include:
- Unhygienic living conditions
- Poor care leading to bed sores
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Manipulation of residents for financial gain
- Unnecessary chemical or physical restraints
- Neglected premises causing slips and falls
- Infliction of physical injuries
If you suspect a loved one may be suffering from this kind of tragic mistreatment, call our Iowa nursing home litigation attorneys to discuss your legal options.
Detecting and Reporting Nursing Home Abuse
Many nursing home residents are afraid to report abuses, while others may be physically or mentally impaired in a way that prevents communication. As a result, the responsibility of watching for abuse warning signs falls on friends and family. If you have a loved one in assisted living, it is important to look out for warning signs such as:
- Sudden changes in mental state
- Unexplained bruises or other injuries
- Bed sores
- Unexplained weight loss
Visible injuries should be photographed and documented. Records from doctors and hospital workers can also be used as evidence of abuse. For more information about recognizing and documenting elderly abuse, contact one of our experienced Iowa nursing home malpractice lawyers.
Nursing Home Abuse Resources
If you are worried about the possibility that a loved one has been or will be abused, help is available. The following websites contain useful information about medical and social issues affecting senior citizens and their families.
- The Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Resource Center
- The National Center on Elder Abuse
- The Coalition to Protect America’s Elders
- Elder Life Planning
- National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
- Nursing Home Advocates
- The U.S. Administration on Aging
Nursing Home Negligence and the Law
Sadly, budget cuts and understaffed homes have contributed to a widespread problem of abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Innocent residents and their families have suffered serious losses and injuries as a result. In an attempt to address this problem, the US government has included many nursing home regulations in its Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA).
Iowa law also has legal protections for nursing home residents and their families. To learn more about these laws and how they affect your family, call one of our Iowa nursing home litigation lawyers.
Civil litigation against negligent nursing homes can do more than help your family win fair compensation for medical bills and other expenses. It can also help future nursing home residents by bringing unprofessional behavior to light. To discuss your legal options with an experienced Iowa nursing home neglect lawyer, contact LaMarca & Landry, P.C. at 877-327-2600.