Kansas City Elder Abuse Attorney
Dealing With Elder Abuse
Many families are forced to put their elderly family members in nursing homes or with caretakers who will take care of their elderly loved ones once they are no longer able to take care of themselves. Most individuals trust that the nursing home or individual they are choosing for this task will treat their family member with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are many instances of elder abuse in both nursing homes and with caretakers hired in the home. This abuse can take many forms, but generally involves the following:
- Bed sores
- Physical injuries
- Wrongful death
If you have placed your loved one in the care of a nursing home or caretaker and have discovered your elderly relative is being abused, don't let this injustice continue. Immediately contact Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott for an experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyer who can assist you with holding the responsible parties accountable.
Reasons For Elder Abuse
Many times elder abuse occurs due to financial cost cutting on the part of a caretaking facility. Lack of staffing, improper medical and nutritional services, can lead to the abuse of your family member. Some at-home caretakers do not have the proper training and may be unlicensed and unqualified to be doing that job. In some nursing home and hospital settings, when the place is understaffed and there are too many patients needing care, some can be ignored and neglected, causing improper hygiene, inadequate feeding and even actual physical abuse. They may not receive the medication they need, or not get moved around enough, resulting in bed sores and infections.
In addition to physical harm, there is the abuse of the elderly when unscrupulous people try to take advantage of their confusion or weakness to deceive them financially. Often an elderly person will be intimidated into agreeing to sign financial papers over to a caretaker as they fear for their health and safety, or are mentally unable to refuse. The elderly have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and live without fear. If your loved one has been mistreated, contact our personal injury attorney to fight for your family member's rights. Our office will work hard to obtain compensation for your loved one if they have been physically or emotionally harmed.
If a caretaker or nursing home facility has abused your elderly loved one our office can help! Call Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott today!