Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Colorado Springs
If Your Elderly Loved One Suffered Harm, We Want to Help
Elder abuse and neglect is becoming an epidemic throughout the United States. When the worst has happened, families should know there are things they can do to ensure that those guilty of the abuse are held liable for their actions. Contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., to speak directly to a Colorado Springs personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Dial (719) 475-2555 for a free consultation.
Elder Abuse Can Take Many Forms
Most people think of abuse as physical abuse - shoving, hitting, or perhaps burning a victim. But there are many types of elder abuse that we see in nursing homes, such as:
- Emotional abuse can occur when a caregiver inflicts stress or upsets a nursing home resident. The caregiver may humiliate the victim, intimidate, or verbally assault the victim.
- Neglect is a type of abuse that involves not ensuring the elder is given proper care and attention. Staff may leave a senior in his room without food or water because the facility is understaffed, or as a passive form of punishment. Management needs to ensure there are enough caregivers to properly care for every nursing home resident.
- Self-neglect is when a resident refuses to take medication, or take care of personal hygiene. It is the staff's responsibility to ensure the nursing home resident is properly cared for. That's what they're paid to do.
- Abandonment is when a nursing home resident has been left alone for a long period of time, particularly off the grounds of the nursing home.
- Financial abuse occurs when a caregiver steals or uses a resident's assets or personal property without permission, or tricks the elder into giving up money or possessions.
- Sexual abuse by a caregiver, or sexual abuse by another nursing home resident, should never be allowed to occur in a nursing home.
Holding Nursing Homes Responsible
If you suspect abuse has occurred, report it right away to the Colorado Department of Human Services. The situation can also be reported to the facility's administrator, the Colorado Nursing Home Administrators Board, local law enforcement, or a Colorado nursing home lawyer at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., who will know the next steps to take.
Once the report has been filed, the situation will be investigated. Criminal charges may be laid against the nursing home. This will not provide compensation for the victim or family. However, compensation may be available. Through a lawsuit, injured individuals may seek compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress, and mental and physical pain and suffering.
Colorado does have a cap of $250,000 on emotional pain and suffering. This is due to the fact that in emotionally charged cases, juries are prone to awarding immense amounts in pain and suffering. The right lawyer will know how to maximize your claim and get justice for your loved one.
The Right to Speak to an Attorney
If you suspect your loved one has been abused in a Colorado Springs nursing home, don't wait. Contact us today at (719) 475-2555. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we have the experience to handle these cases and get victims and their loved ones the compensation they deserve. We will fight for your family, and ensure those who perpetrated the abuse are held responsible for their actions.