St. Louis nursing home abuse Lawyers
Elderly abuse attorneys in Missouri
Craig Ortwerth is experienced injury attorneys who fight for the rights of the elderly and your loved ones
Aggressive nursing home negligence attorneys
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States are often understaffed, which means nursing home employees may be overworked and overwhelmed. Physically and emotionally exhausted nursing employees are more likely to be abusive and neglectful, endangering the disabled patients and elderly residents under their care. Unfortunately, the disabled and elderly are frequently unable to adequately express their complaints, which means that neglect and abuse may go unreported and unchallenged. Because of their age and physical condition, the elderly and disabled can’t stand up for themselves.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of nursing home abuse?
Craig is a champion for elderly and disabled patients who have been abused and neglected in nursing homes and long-term-care facilities. We fight for the rights of you and your loved ones so you stay safe from nursing home abuse or neglect.
Our personal injury attorneys handle the following types of nursing home abuse cases:
- Unexplained and suspicious deaths
- Unexplained falls and fractures
- Medication errors
- Preventable infections
- Wandering or elopement injuries
- Verbal and emotional abuse
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Unreasonable restraint
- Involuntary seclusion
- Financial exploitation
Protect your loved ones from nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect
It’s important to be mindful of your loved one’s appearance and behavior. Pay careful attention to any changes in his or her physical condition and emotional state. Take note of personal hygiene and unsanitary conditions in the room. Watch for signs of injury caused by another person, such as broken bones, bruises, cuts, welts, bedsores and other injuries which are visible to the naked eye. Most importantly, take your loved one seriously if he or she complains of neglect or abuse. A cry for help is sometimes the difference between life and death.
Warning signs from experienced nursing home abuse lawyers
Unfortunately, we have seen the traumatic aftermath of many nursing home abuse cases, however, our longtime experience defending the elderly against abuse has allowed us to better serve our clients and get them the compensation they deserve.
Because disabled and elderly patients often have difficulty expressing their complaints, it is not always easy to notice when your loved one has been abused or neglected.
Loved ones should be on the lookout for the warning signs of physical and emotional abuse and neglect:
- Unexplained and suspicious injuries and deaths
- Bedsores, broken bones, sprains and dislocations
- Medication errors, overdoses and/or the failure to take prescribed medicine
- Broken eyeglasses
- Evidence of physical restraint such as unexplained marks on wrists
- The facility refuses to allow you to see the patient without an employee present
- Sudden and worrisome changes in the patient’s behavior
- Sudden changes the patient’s will, trust, power of attorney and legal documents
- Concerning changes in the patient’s behavior in presence of facility employees
- Any new diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease
- Any bruising or bleeding which suggests sexual abuse
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Evidence that the patient is not being bathed
- Unsanitary conditions
- Unexplained and/or unauthorized financial transactions