Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Placing a loved one in a nursing home is most often a very difficult event for both the resident and his /her family. Family members and loved ones rely on the professional training of the nursing home employees to ensure that their loved ones will be cared for to best extent possible. Family-owned local nursing homes have largely been replaced by “for-profit” corporate chains whose practices focus on making money. Sadly, these corporate owners frequently put profits above patient care. In those situations, the nursing home residents end up paying the price in the terms of neglect and abuse.
We devote a significant portion of our legal practice to representing victims of nursing home neglect. CVDL partner Tim Van Ronzelen has represented families of nursing home abuse and neglect victims throughout Missouri – and regularly receives significant financial settlements for those who have been injured (or the families of those who have died). Tim is routinely asked to speak about nursing home neglect and abuse litigation to other attorneys and professionals.
While every case is unique, nursing home neglect and abuse cases often fall into one of the following categories:
- Bed sores or pressure ulcers– Many elderly patients are unable to get out of their bed and move about normally. When residents are restricted to their bed due to mobility issues, they must be turned on a regular basis or they will develop bed sores/pressure ulcers. These bed sores/pressure ulcers can become infected, resulting in the need for surgery or even the death of a resident.
- Falls– Nursing home residents are often admitted because they need some level of assistance to move about safely. One of the biggest complaints about nursing homes relates to their failure to be adequately staffed. When a nursing home is understaffed, residents are not given the appropriate assistance they need to move about—such as getting up to use the rest room or going to the dining room. This leads to residents getting up on their own and frequently falling. We regularly handle cases involving broken bones or even brain injuries when nursing home residents suffer falls
- Sexual abuse– It is awful to report that this is a category, but nursing homes have been known to hire employees with criminal propensities. This results in fragile residents (who are unable to care for themselves) being placed in close contact with people who have a history and tendency to do harm. We have experience in representing nursing home residents who have suffered sexual abuse (and other criminal acts).
We have significant experience in dealing with nursing homes all around the state of Missouri. CVDL is one of the few law firms that has a statewide practice dedicated to representing the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. Our attorneys represent nursing home residents and their families in rural counties along with large metropolitan areas. There are short deadlines that apply to legal claims against those responsible for injuring nursing home residents. It is important for victims to quickly discuss their case with an attorney experienced in nursing home litigation.
If you, your family member, or loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, give Tim Van Ronzelen and the attorneys at CVDL a call. There is no charge for the initial consultation. Experience matters and the attorneys at CVDL stand alone in their experience with nursing home litigation. Put us to work for you.