The abuse of the elderly is egregious and unfortunately prevalent in some long-term care facilities throughout Midland. If you are concerned that a loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at their assisted living facility, the services of a Midland nursing home abuse lawyer may be helpful.
A skilled personal injury lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of Ontario’s negligence laws concerning elder abuse can investigate your potential case to determine whether legal action may be needed. If you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, one of our elite trial lawyers could fight tirelessly on your behalf to hold the facility responsible and recover adequate compensation.
A nursing home must use reasonable care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its residents. This means that a nursing home and/or its staff can be held liable if they negligently or intentionally inflict harm on a resident. Abuse in a long-term care facility may be physical, sexual, and/or financial in nature.
Financial exploitation is characterized by a staff member stealing from an elderly resident or manipulating them into changing certain financial documents. If you are concerned that a relative or loved one is the victim of any of these forms of nursing home abuse, you should contact a Midland lawyer right away to look into your legal options.
Common examples of physical abuse in a nursing home include:
Some forms of abuse are far more nuanced than others. In the case of psychological abuse, a resident can suffer extreme harm without a member of the facility’s staff ever inflicting visible wounds. Belittling, threats, manipulation, and coercion are common examples of psychological abuse.
The signs of nursing home abuse vary, but some common indications include malnutrition, dehydration, broken bones, bruising, cuts, soiled bed/clothes, and unattended bedsores. A resident who suddenly withdraws from family and friends, has possessions go missing, or suddenly decides to alter financial documents can also signal abuse.
Compensation in a nursing home abuse claim can cover economic and non-economic damages resulting from your or your loved one’s injuries. Common economic damages include medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, and other measurable costs incurred by the nursing home resident.
A Midland nursing home abuse lawyer could pursue non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life on your behalf through a civil claim. While only awarded in very rare cases, punitive damages may also be included in a compensatory award for nursing home abuse if the court views the conduct of the facility or its employees to be particularly malicious.
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a loved one in a long-term care facility and suspect that abuse or neglect is taking place, you should speak with a Midland nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible. Our team could explain what legal grounds may be available to pursue a claim and investigate the alleged abuse to determine if the facility and/or its staff members may be liable. To arrange your confidential legal consultation, call Rastin Law today.