How An Attorney Can Investigate An Abusive Nursing Home
Our law firm knows how to uncover the truth
When you learn that a loved one has been victimized in a nursing home, one of the biggest challenges can be finding out exactly what happened. Unfortunately, it's often difficult to find evidence of nursing home abuse. Witnesses may have difficulty understanding or articulating what happened, and the nursing homes themselves often try to hide evidence.
That's why you need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney from Shuttlesworth Law Firm, P.C. on your side. We know how to investigate abusive nursing homes, and we're committed to holding them accountable.
We move quickly to get the evidence your family needs
As soon as you contact us and retain our firm to handle your case, we'll go to work. Evidence can disappear quickly in a nursing home setting. Some of the steps we'll take in our investigation include:
- Review medical records: Nursing homes are required to carefully document any medications that are administered and treatments or medical procedures that are needed for residents. Our investigation may turn up errors in medication administration or unexplained injuries or illnesses that may support a pattern of abuse. We may also turn up discrepancies such as records showing that nursing staff at the home were still attending to the patient days after he or she was transferred to a hospital.
- Examine hiring and supervision records: In many cases, nursing homes blame cases of abuse and neglect on inexperienced staff. That doesn't absolve the nursing home of responsibility, though. It's their job to make sure their staff are providing the legally required standard of care. We'll examine their records to see whether staff were adequately trained and background checks were conducted to eliminate candidates with prior allegations of abuse.
- Interviewing witnesses: Witness testimony is a critical part of a case against a nursing home, but it can be difficult to find. Residents often have difficulty remembering or describing what happened, and staff are often under pressure from the nursing home to keep quiet about abuse so that they can keep their jobs. Our attorney will put in the hard work needed to find reliable testimony, corroborate statements and find out what really happened.
- Financial records: Not all cases of nursing home abuse are directed at the resident - some are directed at the resident's finances. We'll look for cases of double-billing for services or unexplained withdrawals from the resident's bank account. These acts of financial exploitation are not only abusive. They may also indicate that a resident is being blackmailed, coerced or manipulated.
Who investigates nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse complaints are typically investigated by regulatory agencies at the state level. In Alabama, it is the Alabama Department of Public Health that is responsible for overseeing and regulating healthcare facilities, including nursing homes. The Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and The Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman also handle nursing home abuse and neglect. But you also need an attorney to conduct an investigation on your behalf.
The benefits of hiring a lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is not required to take legal action, but there are many benefits to having legal representation. On top of conducting investigations on your behalf and assisting with reporting elder abuse, an experienced attorney can offer guidance and support through other aspects of a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
- Navigating the legal process. Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit and understanding legal aspects can be challenging and overwhelming. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the legal system to help you with:
- Understanding laws and regulations
- Filling out necessary paperwork
- Meeting deadlines
- Going to trial if necessary
- Advocating for justice. Your lawyer will be your advocate, seeking justice on your loved one’s behalf. We’ll look out for your best interests and fight hard to make sure the parties responsible for the abuse are held accountable for their actions. This includes fighting for compensation not only for the physical harm caused, but for the emotional distress as well.
- Providing peace of mind. Nursing home abuse is a serious issue that can have serious effects on your family. With our attorney’s knowledge, experience, and commitment to your case, you can focus on your loved one with peace of mind knowing your legal rights are being protected and pursued.
A thorough investigation into a case of nursing home abuse or neglect can take years, especially if the nursing home is uncooperative. That's why you need an experienced attorney who will put in the time and stand by your family. Our legal team has handled hundreds of these complex cases, and we'd be honored to help your family as well. Call (866) 583-1885 for a free consultation.