Commonly Asked Questions
If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in their home, call our Arizona nursing home attorneys at (602) 786-8860 to schedule a free consultation today.
How common is nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse and neglect impact thousands of elderly patients every year. Tragically, only a fraction of these injustices are ever reported. There are steps that can be taken to help protect a loved one against abuse and neglect, but it may not be possible to fully prevent.
What are the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect?
Nursing home abuse and neglect can have many signs, depending largely on
the type of mistreatment that is happening. If you suspect any type of
abuse or neglect is taking place, you need to contact an experienced nursing
home attorney immediately to protect your loved one against future indignities.
Please visit our questions about signs of nursing home abuse page for detailed information about specific indications of mistreatment.
What rights do nursing home residents have?
While there are a number of state and federal laws guaranteeing the rights of nursing home residents, they all boil down to this: nursing home residents are entitled to a clean and safe environment in which they are treated with respect and dignity.
What should I do if I suspect a loved one is being mistreated?
If you suspect a loved one is being mistreated, you need to
contact our firm right away. Our team of attorney-doctors are uniquely equipped to investigate
claims of abuse and have a strong record of helping victims and their
families get justice.
To schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Arizona nursing home attorneys, please contact our office or call (602) 786-8860 today.
How long do I have to file a nursing home abuse and neglect case?
What about privacy?
Does a resident have the right to refuse medical treatment?
What can I do to help ensure that a loved one’s rights are being protected in a nursing home?
How prevalent is nursing home abuse and neglect?
Statistics show that many nursing home residents experience some form or verbal, physical, sexual, or financial nursing home abuse. Keep in mind that this statistic only represents cases of abuse that have actually been reported to authorities. Some estimates suggest that only 10 to 20% of elder abuse cases are ever reported. This means that nursing home abuse and neglect is far more prevalent than current statistics indicate.
If a loved one has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home, what should I do?
Why do so many cases of abuse and neglect go unreported?
There are several possible reasons for this. Many nursing home residents suffer from cognitive disabilities such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease which prevent them from either:
1) understanding that abuse is occurring, or
2) being able to communicate that some form of abuse has occurred. Residents who are otherwise able-minded enough to recognize and communicate the abuse often choose not to file a complaint out of fear or embarrassment.
3) Fear of more abuse. For these reasons, it is crucial that friends and family visit their loved ones often and know what signs of abuse and neglect to look for.