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Colorado Springs Nursing Home Abuse and Injury Attorney
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that between one to two million senior citizens are subject to abuse every year. These seniors may experience abuse at the hands of family, in-home caregivers or nursing home staff. Unfortunately, these seniors may be unable to speak up to stop the abuse or protect themselves from injury. Seniors in nursing homes are especially at risk since often the most ill and vulnerable of the elderly population receive nursing home care. Many residents of nursing homes have limited contact with outside sources of support that could help them in the event of abuse.
When a nursing home abuses or allows the abuse of patients, this can devastate not just the victim, but also the family members who trusted the nursing home to provide care. A senior who is harmed by abuse or the family members who lose a loved one to abuse can take legal action against the nursing home to obtain compensation for economic and non-economic damages. An experienced Colorado Springs personal injury attorney at Levine Law can help elderly victims stand up for their rights and ensure the nursing home is held accountable for its actions.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or emotional. Any type of nursing home abuse can have serious consequences. The Senior Journal reports that an abuse victim is three times as likely to die within three years of the abuse when compared with a senior who is not victimized by mistreatment.
Even patients who survive abuse may face serious and lasting physical and emotional damage. Consequences of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Broken bones
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Burn injuries
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Depression, insomnia and other emotional illnesses
- An exacerbation of medical problems left untreated
- Complications from overmedication including chemical restraint using antipsychotic medications
These injuries can be especially damaging to seniors whose bodies may be less able to heal from the harm that they suffer at the hands of unfit or negligent nursing home staff.
A Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
When nursing home abuse occurs, the responsibility for that abuse does not fall only on the staff member who committed the wrongdoing. A nursing home can also be held legally liable for the negligence or wrongdoing of its employees. Therefore, the victim of nursing home abuse or the family of someone killed by nursing home negligence has several legal options for recovering compensation.
Colorado law allows abuse victims or surviving family members to receive compensation for all losses caused by nursing home abuse. These losses include wrongful death damages for family members, or compensation for the abused senior to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress and any other financial losses.
Unfortunately, injured victims must pursue legal action to recover compensation, which can be difficult if you are elderly and injured or if you are grieving for a lost loved one. However, you do know have to take on this burden alone; you can turn to Levine Law for help. Our experienced Colorado personal injury lawyers will represent your rights, gather the evidence, prepare your case and negotiate a settlement or prove your claim in court. We charge no upfront costs; you only pay a fee if we recover money on your behalf.
To learn more about how our Colorado Springs accident lawyers can help with your nursing home abuse claim, call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.