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Kent County Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

Muskegon nursing home abuse lawyer

Attorney Serving Victims of Elder Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

Moving into a nursing home or elder care community is an often difficult but necessary decision for senior citizens and their families. Ideally, a nursing home provides the level of care and treatment that the elderly need and are unable to obtain while living on their own, but unfortunately, this is often not the case. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 6 adults over the age of 60 have experienced abuse in an elder care community, and one-third of U.S. nursing homes have been issued abuse citations.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you have the right to pursue compensation. At John D. Tallman, PLC, we advise and represent clients in elder abuse cases throughout West Michigan to hold liable parties accountable for damages. We are committed to doing everything in our power to help you achieve a fair outcome, and we only require payment if we can collect on your case through a verdict or settlement.

What is Nursing Home Negligence?

Some injuries and health problems that befall nursing home residents are the result of medical malpractice, but a significant number occur outside of the course of medical care at the hands of facility owners, administrators, and staff. Nursing home abuse occurs when staff members physically, sexually, or verbally assault residents. Nursing home neglect happens when staff members fail to provide residents with proper care, including personal cleaning, fresh bedding, and adequate food and water.

In cases of nursing home abuse and neglect, individual staff members often bear at least part of the liability for resulting injuries and harm. However, nursing home facility owners, administrators, and supervisors can also be liable if they promote or allow practices that contribute to abuse and neglect. For example, many nursing homes in the United States are overcrowded and understaffed, and employees may not receive sufficient training or supervision that could promote quality care and reduce incidents of abuse.

Seeking Compensation with a Kent County Elder Abuse Attorney

Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in a wide range of injuries and health issues, including:

  • Bruises and cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Infection due to poor hygiene
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Anxiety and depression

If you have suffered from abuse or neglect, or if you have reason to believe that your family member has suffered, you should notify the Bureau of Health Services Abuse Hotline at 800-882-6006, and start collecting evidence and contact an attorney as soon as possible. We can help you gather and preserve photographs of the injuries and the state of the care facility, and we can also obtain facility records and witness testimony that helps you prove the liability of an employee or the owner of the nursing home. Additionally, we will keep records of any necessary treatment for the injuries and any long-term negative effects related to emotional distress or pain and suffering.

Armed with all of the evidence, we can present effective arguments throughout settlement negotiations with the goal of obtaining full compensation for your damages, as well as represent you throughout the process of a trial when a settlement is not possible.

Because of their advanced age, nursing home residents are particularly susceptible to wrongful death due to abuse and neglect. In the unfortunate event that a loved one dies, we can represent surviving family members in a lawsuit for compensation that may also address damages due to grief, loss of companionship, and funeral expenses.

Contact a Grand Rapids Nursing Home Neglect Law Firm

We believe no one should ever have to suffer from elder abuse or neglect, and if you are a victim, we want to help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us today at 616-361-8850 to request a free consultation and learn more about the services we offer to clients in personal injury, premises liability, and related cases in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and throughout Kent County and West Michigan.

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