Las Vegas Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Attorneys
Gazda & Tadayon are top-rated nursing home neglect & abuse attorneys in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding areas. Our law firm has helped numerous clients receive the compensation they deserve after experiencing neglect or abuse at nursing homes or assisted living facilities. We have over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury cases and are one of Nevada’s most experienced abuse and neglect attorneys.
Top-Rated Neglect & Abuse Law Firm
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Our Experienced Las Vegas Neglect & Abuse Lawyers Can Help
As former insurance defense counsel attorneys, we have the insider knowledge on what it takes to win these types of cases. Therefore, we will use all possible resources at our disposal to get results, including our insider knowledge of insurance companies. Since we have formerly served as defense counsel for these insurers, we know how the “other side” thinks. This is a huge asset when handling a neglect & abuse case – we know exactly what questions to ask, and the right steps to take in order to get the compensation you deserve.
After experiencing assisted living or nursing home neglect & abuse, every single detail can make or break a case. To cover all our bases, we make it a point to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident site, questioning witnesses and evaluating every detail that may contribute to your case. When you choose us to handle your neglect & abuse case, you choose lawyers that care about your personal and legal success.
How to File a Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Claim in Las Vegas, NV
If you suspect that a loved one is being neglected or abused in an extended care home, contact us immediately at Gazda and Tadayon, Las Vegas’ most trusted attorneys for nursing home neglect and abuse injury. We deal with many personal injury cases in Nevada as one of the city’s most experienced law firms, but we take neglect and abuse cases very seriously. Let us help you fight for your family’s rights and due compensation.
When you trust your loved ones to the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, they have a duty to provide them the best care and attention possible. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. One out of every four nursing homes has been cited for neglect or elder abuse, a shockingly high number, and many victims are unable to communicate with family back home about the incident. They can suffer for months or years under the abuse of a negligent or malicious caregiver, and this can lead to unneeded medical complications and emotional distress.
We Can Help You
- Determine if there is neglect or abuse taking place
- Gather concrete evidence of abuse or neglect
- File the necessary paperwork
- Consult with medical experts on the true costs of treatment and long-term care
- See your case through either to trial or to a settlement
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your neglect & abuse claim or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person at our welcoming and compassionate law firm, located at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse FAQs
A victim of Nevada nursing home abuse is entitled to hire a private attorney in order to file a civil lawsuit for compensatory damages for the violation of any of the resident’s rights. Subsequently, nursing home abuse or neglect can result in an investigation and fining by an adult protective services agency, a civil cause for action or lawsuit to recover damages on behalf of the victim, and a criminal prosecution intended to punish malicious and intentional conduct.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect are all too common of an occurrence. If you believe that your loved one may be a victim, it is important to confront the situation right away. With the help of a Nevada nursing home attorney, you and your loved one may be able to pursue legal recourse. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact an experienced Las Vegas nursing home negligence lawyer to begin exploring your legal options and to, more importantly, put an end to the abuse.
Yes, nursing home residents or their dependents (in the event of wrongful death) who have suffered an injury caused by misconduct or negligence in a Nevada nursing home can sue the facility, regardless of whether they have a contract with the home.
There is no set time-frame in which a Nevada nursing home injury claim will be settled. Depending on the case, it can take several weeks to several years for injury victims to receive fair justice and compensation for their lawsuit. Nursing home negligence cases are usually complex with extensive medical records, bills and the burden of proving that the facility or medical staff was negligent in their treatment of the resident.
It is important to contact an experienced attorney before discussing the situation with anyone, especially if they are affiliated with the facility where the injury occurred. The objective of a nursing home representative or risk manager is to save the facility money by settling injury claims quickly and out of the courtroom. Additionally, you have the right to consult with an attorney as well as to have a lawyer present when meeting with nursing home representatives.
Nevada nursing homes are regulated by both state and federal authorities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulates nursing homes on a federal level. On the Nevada state level, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health via the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance (BHCQC) and the Aging and Disability Services Division all work towards regulating nursing homes and overseeing health care quality.
It depends on whether the violations pose an immediate threat to the safety of residents. If a Nevada nursing home is found in violation of regulations but resident’s safety is not directly or immediately affected, the facility is given the opportunity to create a Plan of Correction to enforce necessary changes. If resident safety is threatened, a facility can be fined by regulators, new supervisors can be appointed, new admissions and the nursing home’s license may be suspended in addition to other repercussions.
Watch for signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, including:
– Emotional withdrawal
– Silence around caretakers
– Changes in behavior
– Changes in the elderly patient’s will
– Changes in the elder’s power of attorney
– Sudden financial problems, such as unpaid bills
– Unexplained bruises
– Bruises or marks near the elder’s genitals
– Sudden or unexplained infections, viruses, or diseases
– Physical discomfort
It can be hard to tell at first if there’s something wrong at the nursing home. Many cases of neglect or elder abuse are not reported because patients might be unaware of the situation, or out of fear that their caregivers will retaliate. If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your loved one, don’t hesitate to ask questions and demand answers.
Here are a few signs that may suggest that a neglect and abuse situation is on-going:
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Falls and fractures
- Physical or chemical restraints
- Signs of physical or sexual abuse
It’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your loved one’s physical and emotional well-being. If you suspect they are being abused or neglected, call us today at 702-220-7128 for a free consultation and get the most experienced personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas on your side.
Anybody who suspects nursing home neglect should act right away. There are certainly false alarms, but there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain when we prioritize the well-being of our families and loved ones. Patients can suffer from very serious mental and physical problems even after just a short time of neglect, and in extreme cases abuse can lead to serious injury or even death.
Neglect and abuse is illegal in Nevada, and as personal injury lawyers with more than 50 years of experience, we are well-equipped to help you take legal action. The mistreatment of your loved one may have already caused you and your family immense grief and anger, in addition to the extra costs of medical treatment and recovery. At Gazda and Tadayon, we use all available resources to help get you the compensation and peace of mind you deserve.
The amount of compensation varies from case to case, but some of the costs that can be covered include:
- additional medical treatment or surgeries
- transfer to another nursing home or facility
- loss of wages caused by time spent on the case
- costs of travel
These cases can sometimes be settled out of court, but at times we need to litigate, or pursue a lawsuit against the liable party. Many lawyers are proficient at settlements but lack the knowledge and experience to pursue litigation, especially for a complex personal injury case like neglect and abuse. Luckily, you have us on your side. Our law firm is known for our confidence in personal injury litigation, and we work tirelessly until your case comes to a conclusion.
Should we choose to litigate, the case will go to court and be seen by a judge or jury. Settlements are often faster, but in some cases a trial can be the best way to pursue monetary compensation and justice for the victim. As always, we are a no fee law firm at Gazda and Tadayon, which means we cover all legal fees until we collect from a case.
One more important thing to note: Nevada is a limited statute state, which means there is a limited time frame for people to file a personal injury claim, like nursing home neglect and abuse. Even if the abuse occurred in the past, there could still be time to file for compensation. It is critical that you work with an attorney with extensive knowledge of these types of cases, and who can work on your case as soon as possible
Additional Resources for Elderly Abuse:
Once a person has picked up on signs of nursing home abuse, they have a duty to report the incident. If the person is a doctor, social worker, or other form of government worker, the person is required by law to report nursing home abuse cases. There are also specific states that require all citizens, regardless of vocation, to report suspected nursing home abuse. It is important to include specific details of the elder abuse or neglect when reporting nursing home abuse.
To report nursing home abuse, a person can contact their local state authorities through the following methods:
– Contact the Eldercare Locator, at 1-800-677-1116, during weekdays to find out any specific state information that may apply.
Effective July 1, 2019, Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) received legislative authority to receive and investigate reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation, isolation or abandonment for vulnerable adults age 18-59, in addition to persons 60 years and older, collectively referred to as vulnerable adults. The Elder Protective Services (EPS) program is now referred to as Adult Protective Services (APS). Adult Protective Services serves all of Nevada.
- Las Vegas/Clark County (702) 486-6930
- Statewide/All Other Areas (888) 729-0571
Carson City, NV 89706
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH):
Call the Complaint Intake line at (702) 668-3250 Leave a message if no one is available to assist you at the time of your call. Your call will be returned in 48-72 hours.
File a Complaint Online:
Or Fill out the Complaint Form and Fax it in:
http://dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpbhnvgov/content/Reg/HealthFacilities/Docs/Misc/BHCQC-Complaint-Form.pdf —– Print this form, fill it out and fax to (702) 486-6520
Las Vegas Office
4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building D, Suite 810, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Phone: (702) 486-6515
Fax: (702) 486-6520
Carson City Office
727 Fairview Drive, Suite E, Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 684-1030
Fax: (775) 684-1059
You may also:
– Contact the elder’s primary health care doctor, social worker, elder patient advocate, or other member of the elder’s immediate health care team, provided they are not involved in the nursing home abuse. Seek their professional guidance on the nursing home abuse case.
– If it is a severe case of nursing home abuse, call 911 immediately and seek legal counsel.
Because of the complex nature of car accident injury law in Nevada, it’s critical that you explore your legal options and potentially file for damages as soon as possible. Our state law limits the amount of time after an accident that a victim can file for damages and claim compensation. Contact us today to assess your individual case in a timely manner.