One sad fact that many people may not know is that millions of nursing home negligence cases go unreported every year. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, it’s essential to find the right lawyer to take your case.
How to Find An Extraordinary Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer in Oklahoma City
To start, you should know that hiring a lawyer to help you with a nursing home neglect case is incredibly important. Here at Cannon & Associates, we are Fierce Advocates for our clients because we genuinely care about each and every one. Founder John Cannon and Associate Douglas Elliott have experience as former Judge Advocates, Prosecutors, and Assistant District Attorneys.
That courtroom experience has given them the skills and knowledge to take Cannon and Associates and become one of the leading nursing home negligence firms in Oklahoma City. If you believe that your loved one may be in neglectful or harmful circumstances, it’s imperative to contact us as soon as possible. We pride ourselves on the unyielding and staunch advocacy we provide for every client because we’re committed to fighting for what’s right and just.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing home neglect is one of the most under-reported crimes and type of neglect in the nation. The number of instances of nursing home neglect is thought to be about 5 million instances of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse each year, but the actual number is unknown. That means about one in ten Americans over the age of 60 will suffer some form of elder abuse. But, what exactly constitutes nursing home neglect? There are five main types of abuse:
1. Physical Abuse
Unfortunately, too many elders in nursing homes suffer from physical abuse. This can include any type of physical harm, like unexplained cuts, wounds, or bruises, or even bedsores. Since most seniors have limited mobility, some injuries are to be expected.
However, a reputable nursing home will always have an accident report or injury report when that occurs. If you see unexplained injuries and the facility doesn’t have reports or won’t show you, it’s time to call a lawyer.
2. Psychological Abuse
This concerns emotional or mental abuse, and it’s one of the most common forms of abuse because, sadly, it doesn’t leave a physical mark. However, psychological and emotional abuse can be incredibly damaging.
Instead of looking for cuts and bruises, look for a change in their emotional wellbeing or personality. Have an open conversation, or if they’re incapable of communicating, pay close attention to their behavior to catch any changes quickly.
Neglect can consist of many things. Take the time to look carefully at the facility where your loved one lives. Is the bedding clean, or is it soiled? Take a look at where they eat and where they spend their time. Ask their primary nurse about their condition. Be proactive, and be on the lookout for these signs of neglect:
- Unsanitary conditions at the facility
- Dirty, soiled bedding or clothes, foul odors
- Leaving patients alone for long periods
- Over-medicating or under-medicating
- Abrupt changes in their medication
- Drastic or unexplained weight loss
4. Sexual Abuse
While this isn’t as common as psychological abuse, sexual abuse is sadly something that too many people have endured in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
While many people may not like to think about something as terrible as an elder suffering from sexual abuse, it does happen. If you suspect sexual abuse, it’s incredibly important to call the police right away and then a lawyer.
5. Financial Abuse
Financial abuse is another common form of elder abuse. Keep a close eye on their bank account and look for any unusual activity. It could be signatures that don’t match, missing money, missing records, property switched into another name, or essentially any unexplainable financial activity.
If you think this is the case, please call us here at Cannon and Associates right away. We can help you look into the activity and determine the best course of action.
Find an Experienced Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
When it comes to finding the right lawyer for a nursing home negligence case, the primary quality to look for is experience.
Nursing home neglect is a form of medical malpractice, and nursing homes can also face civil charges. You need a firm that will fight on your loved one’s behalf. Elder abuse is one of the most despicable forms of abuse, and it’s so common because most seniors are incapable of fighting back.
Sadly, too many nursing homes are understaffed, with one nurse looking after up to as many as 30 patients at one time. The national recommendation is one to six, and it drops even further to one to three at mealtimes. That’s a huge gap, and oftentimes it can lead to employee burnout and loss of compassion.
Not to mention, over 90% of nursing homes employ felons—while it’s not fair to assume a felon is going to abuse patients, it still raises concerns for finanicial and other types of neglect or abuse. Here at Cannon and Associates, we take a zero-tolerance stance on any type of nursing home abuse, even if it’s a mild case of neglect. We are proud to advocate for the elderly, and we take our job of representing our clients with the utmost seriousness and dedication.
How to Take Action for Nursing Home Elder Abuse
The first step of any suspected neglect case in Oklahoma City is reporting it to the authorities and the facility administrator/owner. The next step is to call us here at Cannon and Associates.
We can help you file a civil lawsuit to hold the facility legally liable for the pain, harm, and suffering your loved one experienced at their hands. If a death has occurred, we can also file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Don’t Wait, Call Cannon & Associates For Fierce Advocacy Today
It’s essential to get the process started as quickly as possible. We will begin by helping you file a complaint, which is a legal document that explains how exactly your loved one was hurt or suffered, includes all pertinent information and evidence of the neglect, and the names of those involved. Suing a facility can help you pay for your loved one’s continued care or medical treatment, which is invaluable.
However, it’s important to call us as soon as you can because if you wait too long, you might not legally have a case. Laws called statute of limitations refer to the legal time limit during which a lawsuit can be filed. If it’s past the time allotted, unfortunately, you may not be able to file. However, we can help you determine the right step and get you the best legal help possible.
What’s the Average Settlement in Oklahoma for Nursing Home Neglect Cases?
It’s important to remember that each nursing home neglect case is different. About 90% of cases actually settle out of court, so you may not even have to go into the actual courtroom or suffer through the emotional and psychological stress of a trial. The average nursing home neglect case settlement amount is about $406,000 nationwide, according to Health Affairs.
That’s why it’s so crucial to contact us here at Cannon & Associates right away. We can help you gather evidence, file the appropriate legal documents, and we have a staff of the brightest legal minds to take care of every aspect for you, so the entire process is as stress-free as it can be. That’s why we’re the leading choice for nursing home neglect cases in Oklahoma City and the surrounding community.
Here at Cannon and Associates, we have what it takes to be a staunch legal advocate for you and your loved ones. If you suspect nursing home abuse, please call us as soon as possible. We have the experience, skills, and dedication to help you and your family or loved ones by providing Fierce Advocacy and navigating this road right by your side. Contact us here at Cannon and Associates today to set up a consultation or learn more about our firm.