What Is Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect?

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With approximately 13 percent of Americans over the age of 65, nursing homes are becoming increasingly full. Unfortunately, that sometimes means these long-term care facilities are understaffed and/or too busy to give each resident the individual care they deserve and often require. Nursing home abuse and neglect is too often the sad result. Reinan Law is focused on bringing justice to the families whose loved ones have suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of nursing home facilities. As an expert in this field, the law offices of J.M. Reinan is dedicated to hold accountable the individuals and corporations whose neglect and abuse cause needless suffering to those entrusted to their care.

Families depend on us to be their advocate in court when nursing home facilities fail to provide proper care for their loved ones, and family members suffer physical, emotional, mental, and financial abuse and neglect. Common examples of nursing home abuse and neglect can include:

  • Pressure ulcers (aka bed sores)
  • Dehydration
  • Anemia
  • Malnutrition
  • Falls
  • Bruising
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Skin tears
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Unsupervised wandering/elopement from facility

Elder abuse involves any type of mistreatment of an elderly person that results in physical or psychological harm and is defined as ‘engaging in actions that intentionally harm or create a risk of some type of harm to an elderly person by a trusted individual or caregiver’. Experts estimate that 20 percent of all Americans will be at least 65 years of age by the year 2050, with the fastest growing group being Americans aged 85 and older. Approximately 3.2 million people live in nursing homes in the U.S. and are subject to nursing home abuse and neglect. If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home facility, report it immediately. There are several ways to do this:

  • If the abuse or neglect is life-threatening, call 911 and report it.
  • Reach out to the primary care physician and request a meeting or phone call.
  • Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney such as Reinan Law.
  • Go to the Administration of Aging’s National Eldercare Abuse page online to obtain contact information for the proper local authorities to report to.
  • Contact Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 to get more information on state laws and regulations.

Reinan Law is a nursing home abuse law firm that successfully represents families whose loved ones have suffered nursing home abuse and neglect. J. M.

Reinan, P.C., brings his experience representing medical professionals, hospitals, nursing homes and insurance companies as a medical malpractice defense attorney together with his compassion for vulnerable elderly citizens who have been abused or neglected by a nursing home facility.

If you or someone you know may have suffered abuse or neglect as a nursing home or assisted living facility resident, and you would like more information about pursuing a legal claim against a facility for abuse, neglect, or wrongful death, Reinan Law is the nursing home abuse and neglect expert you can depend on to represent your interests and bring justice in your situation. Give our offices a call today at (303) 894-0383 phone, or reach out to us with your questions in an email to [email protected]. Our offices are located at 1437 High Street in Denver, Colorado, and our staff is here to help you Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.

As a Colorado nursing home attorney and wrongful death lawyer, J.M. Reinan understands the complex and deeply personal issues his clients face, and his firm is there to provide clarity and direction as his clients navigate the difficult waters of filing a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim. Our population in America is aging, and the Baby Boomer generation is calling on nursing home facilities to provide care for themselves and their loved ones on an ever-increasing basis.

The oldest Baby Boomers are already in their 60s, and by the year 2030, about one in five Americans will be older than 65. Many of these people will need medical care, and thousands of nursing home and assisted living facilities will be where many turn to for elder care. As more people are becoming residents in nursing home facilities, the incidents of abuse, neglect, and wrongful death are unfortunately increasing, as well, and more families are looking for a qualified Colorado nursing home attorney.

The law offices of J.M. Reinan, P.C. specializes in several areas of practice, including:

  • Abuse, neglect, and wrongful death of the elderly and disabled
  • Healthcare consumer protection
  • Mental health and addiction rehabilitation neglect and abuse
  • Defamation
  • Attorney malpractice

As a wrongful death lawyer, J.M. Reinan understands how tough it can be to deal with the untimely and unnecessary passing of a loved one. His firm has been involved with litigation involving nursing home facilities for two decades and has the expertise you need to fully and completely represent your best interests.

If you have questions about consumer healthcare rights or would like more information about pursuing a medical malpractice claim against a nursing home facility for abuse, neglect, or wrongful death, J.M. Reinan is the Colorado nursing home attorney you can turn to for expert advice and professional help in dealing with these important issues.

Give our offices a call today at (303) 894-0383 phone, or reach out to us with your questions in an email to [email protected] We have offices at 1437 High Street in Denver, Colorado, and are here to help you Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you.

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