Nursing home abuse is on the rise in America. Quite often, due to nursing staff not being properly educated or trained, these employees have been known to not only emotionally abuse the very people they are employed to care for – but to steal money and possessions from their victims, along with inflicting serious harm on their helpless, elderly residents.
While all of these matters should be reported to local authorities – unfortunately serious falls and the overall neglect of nursing home residents often goes unreported to the proper authorities.
Here at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, the safety of nursing home residents is very important to all of us – we have the experience and resources to help you fight for the safety of elderly family and friends in North Carolina nursing homes.
If your loved one has suffered serious harm from nursing home abuse, we can help to evaluate and assess your legal options for a compensation lawsuit.
Simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form to the left to get started.
Signs That You Need A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home abuse can take several forms, which can be separated into four main categories:
- physical abuse
- sexual assault
- psychological trauma
If you are unsure if your elderly loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, there are some common, tell-tale signs that can help you find out:
- Torn, stained or dirty clothing
- Depression or anxiety
- Strange behavior, such as rocking, biting and sucking
- Bruises, cuts and lesions
- Uneasiness when certain nursing home staff are present
If your loved one exhibits any of these signs, do not hesitate to contact a member of our North Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer division here at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys.
Our nursing home negligence lawyers will work hard to get your loved one the compensation they deserve and more importantly, to put an end to the abuse they have endured.
Steps for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families
- Visit the nursing facility in person and make sure they are in compliance with state nursing home standards.
- Check to see if they have any recorded violations on the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Resources website.
- Visit the facility unannounced at varying times during the day to verify that the nursing home offers the same level of care you observed on your first visit.
- Visit your loved one often in the nursing home and talk with the attendants and staff. Ask any questions about problems you may have encountered.
The Rights of North Carolina Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home residents have RIGHTS. Predominantly, they deserve to reside in a safe community, where they feel secure in their surroundings – some others are:
- The right to privacy and freedom from abuse.
- Freedom from restraints or sedation.
- Availability of social activities.
- The right to have questions answered.
- The right to see visitors.
- Equal treatment of all residents.
- The right to refuse medical treatment or to be transferred to another institution.
If your loved ones have suffered from nursing home abuse, they are not alone.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we have a nursing home abuse lawyer team built to ensure that your loved one is safe and receives the legal help they deserve.
With many years of combined legal experience, our team has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the pitfalls that can arise during litigation, and will fight for your MAXIMUM compensation benefits.
To find out more, please contact us on 866-299-1769 and a member from our intake team will collect some information about your incident, and then quickly refer you to one of our attorneys – it’s that easy!
For an IMMEDIATE, Free Case Review, simply fill out the form on this page.
Our firm has extensive experience in handling a large variety of legal issues and cases. However, it is likely we will associate another attorney more experienced in this particular practice area to assist us in handling your claim, all at no additional cost to you and with your full knowledge and consent.