Questions about Residents’ Rights

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How long do I have to file a nursing home abuse and neglect case?

There are statutes of limitations (time limits) on most personal injury claims including nursing home abuse, neglect, and wrongful death cases. If you believe you may have a case, we encourage you to contact our lawyers as soon as possible. These time limits are strictly enforced by the court system, and nothing can be done if a deadline is missed. Only a lawyer can accurately advise you of Arizona’s laws related to nursing home abuse cases as there are factors that may affect your particular case. If your elderly loved one died or was ignored or abused in a nursing facility of some kind, and you feel the death or injury was related to abuse and/or neglect, please contact our lawyers, who are also trained in medicine, today to schedule a confidential consultation.

What about privacy?

Nursing home residents are entitled to all the privacy to which a non-resident is entitled. Incoming and outgoing mail or other electronic communication cannot be opened or monitored. Residents have the right to associate and communicate with whomever they please.

Does a resident have the right to refuse medical treatment?

In most circumstances, yes. If a resident is mentally fit to make the decision and has been informed of all risks and alternatives to treatment, then he or she may refuse any medication, surgery, or other such treatment on any personal, ethical, religious, or other grounds. Residents also have the right to refuse any experimental treatments offered and refuse to participate in any other form of experimental research.

What can I do to help ensure that a loved one’s rights are being protected in a nursing home?

The best thing one can do is make frequent visits to the nursing home or assisted living facility and ask your loved one how he or she is being treated. Residents have the right to daily established visiting hours, as well as the right to visit with anyone they choose. Make frequent phone calls if a physical visit is not possible. In some states, there are laws that allow family members to place cameras in your loved one’s room so that you may monitor the care your loved one receives. Nothing prevents you from asking the nursing home for permission to place a camera in your loved one’s room. If your loved one has cognitive difficulties, ask some of the other residents how they are being treated. Make a point of getting to know your loved one’s roommate and their family. Obtain their name, address, and phone numbers as they may be the best witnesses in your case.

If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and have further questions about residents’ rights or nursing home abuse and neglect, please contact the experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. today. With lawyers on your side who are medically trained, you are at an advantage from the beginning. Let our attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. help you fight nursing home abuse and neglect.

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The Arizona nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Cullan and Cullan M.D., J.D. includes lawyers who are also doctors. We are a for profit law firm. We use our medical expertise to more effectively represent victims of nursing home abuse. We do not practice medicine. The information provided on this web site does not constitute an attorney client relationship. For more information about the law firm, contact the Phoenix, Arizona offices of Cullan & Cullan MD., J.D. for a consultation.

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