Dedicated To Helping Victims Of Nursing Home Abuse
In 2007, more than 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for federal health and safety violations, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Statistics for actual instances of abuse are harder to come by, for several reasons. Victims often fear that if they tell anyone, even a loved one, the situation will get even worse. Or, in some cases, the victims are unable to make a complaint. Not surprisingly, nursing homes are reluctant to reveal their records. In addition, symptoms of abuse may not be easy to detect unless you know what you’re looking for.
At Hasbrook & Hasbrook, our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers are dedicated to protecting seniors from abuse, helping them get compensation for physical and/or emotional injuries, and holding all responsible parties accountable. Nursing homes must provide an adequate level of care. It is set forth by federal and state guidelines, and residents of nursing homes have the right to expect it.
If you have been victimized by nursing home abuse, or think that someone you care about has been abused, please contact us as soon as possible. Our Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers can help you put an end to the abuse and get compensation for injuries resulting from it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
1) Who Regulates Nursing Homes?
Nursing homes are regulated by both federal and Oklahoma authorities. The Oklahoma Department of Health, along with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, regulate nursing homes in Oklahoma.
2) How Are They Regulated?
Annual inspections, called surveys, are conducted by agents from the Oklahoma Department of Health or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These are intended to ensure nursing homes are complying with federal and state guidelines. Surveys are generally unannounced and are taken most often at nursing homes with histories of violations or if numerous complaints have been made.
3) What If A Nursing Home Violates The Guidelines?
As long as the violations do not pose an immediate threat to the safety of residents, the nursing home will be allowed to give investigators a plan detailing how necessary changes will be made. This is called a Plan of Correction. If resident safety is at risk, regulators have the power to impose fines, name new supervisors, suspend new admissions, suspend the nursing home’s license, and more.
What kinds of damages can a victim of abuse obtain from the responsible nursing home?
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of normal life
- Wrongful death
In wrongful death cases, the decedent’s heirs may be able to obtain damages for the loss of their loved one. In situations where the victim suffered an injury before he or she passed away, the decedent’s heirs or estate may be able to obtain survival damages, which allows for recovery of damages for pain and suffering before the abuse victim passed away.
4) How Much Is Usually Awarded To Victims Of Abuse?
The amount of compensation awarded varies due to many different factors, including the severity of the injury, the victim’s age, the level of misconduct of the nursing home, and other many issues. Contact our experienced Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers to determine if you have a valid claim for nursing home abuse and how much your case could be worth.
5) If I Am Offered A Settlement, Should I Take It?
This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the specifics of the case. What you should definitely consider, however, is that if the injury requires ongoing medical treatment, you should not accept a settlement before every aspect of the injury, or injuries, has been treated successfully. This is the only way to determine an accurate idea of the costs associated with care and how much compensation you may be able to obtain.
6) Should I Talk To A Risk Manager Or Lawyer Representing The Nursing Home?
Nursing home representatives like risk managers and/or their lawyers may seem like they are trying to help you, but they work for the nursing home. They are interested in protecting the nursing home’s interests, not yours. You should not discuss any specifics of your case without first contacting a qualified Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer.