Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys In Denver
Placing a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is rarely an easy decision for any family. Most families invest considerable time in finding a facility that they can trust to provide the highest level of care. This is why most families are not only saddened but shocked when they discover that their loved one has suffered harm due to abuse or neglect within the nursing home.
Our personal injury law firm has protected the rights of nursing home injury victims and their families in Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado. We are committed to seeking the answers, justice and compensation they deserve. If you believe your loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect in a Denver nursing home, we are ready to review your case and go to work for you today. Contact us now to learn more in a free consultation.
What Are Signs of Abuse and Neglect in Denver Nursing Homes?
Nursing home abuse and neglect can occur in many different forms. You should pay close attention to the care that your loved one receives in a Denver nursing home and take action if you notice any of these signs of potential mistreatment:
Certain injuries may be the result of aggressive or violent staff members. Common signs of physical abuse in nursing homes include unexplained cuts and bruises, traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractures, spinal cord injuries, sprains or internal bleeding.
Nursing home staff may be inflicting another kind of harm that does not involve physical contact. Threats of violence and verbal abuse can cause nursing home residents to become depressed or reclusive. Out of a sense of shame, victims do not always discuss this type of abuse with family members.
Nursing homes often delay investigating and reporting sexual abuse allegations because of their reluctance to believe the accusations. Sexually-transmitted disease (STD) diagnoses are usually the most common way that families learn about these types of incidents as victims are usually unwilling to discuss what happened.
Not all instances of nursing home injuries involve deliberate misconduct by staff members. In some cases, residents may suffer injuries simply because staff failed to provide appropriate care and attention. Neglect may involve failure to check on residents, manage medications or supervise certain activities. Malnourishment, dehydration, poor hygiene, infections and pressure sores could all be signs that a loved one is being neglected in a nursing home in Denver.
Families should always pay particular attention to the banking accounts of their loved ones after they move into nursing homes. Financial crimes are some of the most common offenses committed against residents. In some cases, staff members become very close to residents and exploit friendships for financial favors. Always be mindful of any large cash withdrawals. Also, look out for other signs of possible malfeasance that could include changes to estate planning documents, forged signatures or the opening of new lines of credit.
What Can You Do If You Suspect Neglect in a Denver Nursing Home?
If you suspect that your loved one is being abuse or neglected in a Denver nursing home, and the situation is an emergency, you should call 911. If you are unsure about what is happening, your first step may be to raise your concerns with the facility’s administrators. If the administrators fail to give satisfactory answers to your questions, you should not hesitate to contact other state agencies, including:
Adult Protection Services — The Colorado Adult Protective Services program provides for the safety and protection of at-risk adults who are – or suspected to be – victims of mistreatment. You can reach Denver’s APS program at:
Denver Department of Human Services: Adult Protection Services
1200 Federal Boulevard
Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment — You can file a complaint anonymously. You should be prepared to provide specific information such as your loved one’s name and age, the name and location of the facility, the name of the alleged abusive or neglectful staff member, dates of the suspected mistreatment and the nature of what you believe has happened to your loved one.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman — The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman program assists residents of licensed long-term care facilities in protecting their health, safety, welfare and rights. The program advocates for residents of nursing homes, assisted living residences and similar licensed adult long-term care facilities. You can reach your local ombudsman in Denver at:
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Area Agency on Aging
1290 Broadway, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80203
An abuse lawyer from The Sawaya Law Firm will be able to assist you in accurately and timely reporting your loved one’s suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement officials or officials from the other state agencies discussed above.
How Can a Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Help You?
When you contact The Sawaya Law Firm, we will immediately start an independent investigation of your loved one’s case. We will review the details of your loved one’s care plan and also gather and analyze all of his or her medical records.
Our lawyers can examine and preserve physical evidence of abuse or neglect as well as interview your loved one and nursing home staff members and residents in addition to any other relevant parties. We will study all related photos and videos of an incident to ensure all liable parties are identified.
The Sawaya Law Firm can also work with doctors and nurses to make sure your loved one receives the medical care that he or she needs. We can also act as liaison between family and local or state agencies involved in your case.
Our firm will be committed to helping you to pursue a fair and full settlement of your case. If an insurance company refuses to provide an appropriate level of compensation, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
Our Denver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Are Here For You
Do you believe that your loved one has suffered injury due to a nursing home’s negligence or abuse in Denver? If so, contact The Sawaya Law Firm as soon as possible. We firmly believe that nursing home residents deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. When facility owners or their staff members fail to provide an adequate level of care, they should be held accountable.
Our law firm represents elder abuse clients on a contingency fee basis. So, you will never worry about paying us anything unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Our attorneys can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call or contact us online and take advantage of a free consultation.