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.
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
3416 Goni Road, Suite D-132
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.