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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Washington

Providing Aggressive Legal Representation to Protect Victims of Abuse

Anyone who has a family member in a nursing home wants to believe their loved one will end up suffering abuse. Sadly, nursing home neglect and abuse cases are all too common in Washington state.

In many instances, nursing home abuse or neglect cases result in the victim suffering serious injuries or wrongful death.

Nursing home staff have a legal duty to protect residents from suffering physical, financial, or sexual abuse.

However, due to the high turnover rate in care facilities, nursing home administrators often fail to live up to their legal obligations, and residents frequently suffer blatant abuse.

If you or a loved one has suffered abuse in an assisted living facility, nursing home, or adult family home, you must hire an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.

Buckley and Associates is a personal injury law firm with years of experience helping nursing home abuse victims and their families with legal representation to ensure their legal rights are protected.

Contact our Washington law office to schedule a meeting with a nursing home abuse lawyer who can assess your case and determine your legal options.

What is Considered Nursing Home Abuse in Washington State?

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse or neglect can take many forms. However, state law dictates that vulnerable adults must be protected from the following forms of abuse which include:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse may include hitting, pushing, shoving, or inappropriately restraining a nursing home resident.

Neglect

Nursing home neglect occurs when staff members fail to meet residents’ basic needs. Neglect cases may include insufficient emotional, physical, or medical care.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse constitutes any type of non-consensual sexual contact. Sadly, many nursing home residents who have suffered sexual abuse are embarrassed to report incidents, and the cycle of abuse continues.

Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation can occur in several different ways, including identity theft, unauthorized use of credit or debit cards, forging signatures on checks, or embezzling money. Often, financial abuse can occur through power of attorney, conservatorship, or legal guardianship.

Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse can occur when staff engage in behavior intended to isolate, humiliate, threaten, mock, or intimidate nursing home residents.

To combat abuse, Washington passed the Vulnerable Adults Act. The Act provided many needed protections for vulnerable adults and senior citizens.

What are the Warning Signs of Nurse Home Abuse?

If you suspect nursing home abuse of a vulnerable adult, the first step is to contact the administrator to report the abuse.

However, some of the warning signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bed sores
  • Poor hygiene practices
  • Malnourishment or dehydration
  • Failure to provide medication or necessary medical treatment
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Unexplained financial charges to credit cards or checking accounts
  • The residents suddenly isolate themselves from other family members or friends

Often, the nursing home industry fails residents by not properly screening workers, lack of training, or having safeguards in place that prevent abuse.

If you suspect abuse, you must also contact the district attorney’s office to report your concerns.

If you suspect your elderly loved one has been abused, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at Buckley and Associates to schedule a free case review to determine what steps can be taken to prevent further abuse.

How Do Nursing Home Abuse Victims Recover Compensation for Personal Injury Cases?

Buckley and Associates are passionately committed to obtaining justice for those who have suffered elder abuse or nursing home negligence and will pursue compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, you must hire a highly qualified attorney who can file a personal injury claim on your behalf.

Our Washington nursing home abuse lawyers will file a personal injury claim to try and help you recover compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering.

Often, in nursing home abuse cases, the care facilities have teams of lawyers who are dedicated to finding loopholes to try and delay or deny claims.

However, our experienced attorneys are familiar with the unethical tactics insurance providers often use to try and minimize their liability in nursing home abuse cases.

When we agree to take a case, our team of legal professionals will review all medical records, incident reports, and employee information to determine how the abuse occurred and who should be held responsible.

Why Can I Trust Your Personal Injury Law Firm to Represent Me in a Nursing Home Abuse Case?

Buckley and Associates have a proven record of being able to help families obtain justice for abuse that has occurred in a nursing home or other assisted living facility.

We recognize that families of those who have suffered elder abuse or other forms of nursing home neglect are feeling angry and want justice for their loved ones.

Our Washington nursing home abuse lawyers understand your frustration and anger and will work with you to ensure that all liable parties are held accountable for their negligence. We aim to protect vulnerable adults and others who suffer abuse.

When you come to us to report abuse in nursing facilities, we will conduct a thorough investigation to find evidence that will substantiate your claims and help prevent future abuse.

Our law firm fights aggressively to help you recover fair compensation for the injuries and pain and suffering you or your loved one has endured.

Buckley and Associates offer free initial consultations, and our legal staff is fluent in several languages to help serve your needs.

Contact our Washington state law firm at 206-558-8441 to schedule a meeting with a skilled nursing home abuse lawyer who can answer your questions and determine what legal strategies suit your needs.