When You Need
a Lawyer Due to Nursing Home Bedsores, Falls, or Neglect

Elder abuse in nursing homes has reached epidemic proportions. Bedsores and pressure wounds due to lack of movement, neglected residents who soil themselves and need a change of undergarments, and injurious falls are all too common. If you or a loved one has endured bedsores, falls, or neglect in a nursing home, we can help you get the compensation you may deserve and hold the negligent party accountable.

An OnderLaw nursing home abuse attorney has the knowledge and experience to help. We’ll fight for compensation for the abuse or neglect caused by nursing home staff and facilities.

To get started, call 855-729-0524 for a free consultation, or fill out the form.

If you or a Loved one has suffered nursing home neglect,
we can help

Have you or a loved one suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect?

Why choose
OnderLaw?

The nursing home industry is well funded and fiercely protects its interests. The realization that you’ve suffered at the hands of someone you’ve entrusted with your care, or that of a loved one, is devastating.

Our lawyers have over three decades of experience proving nursing home abuse and neglect. But while our record of success demonstrates our skill in cases like this, what differentiates us is the care and support we surround you with.

Our legal care team responds to phone calls and emails promptly, and regularly communicates with you to be sure you’re comfortable with how we’re handling your case. We’re keenly aware of the rules that regulate the operation of these facilities and have the skills and experience to help if you or a loved one has suffered bedsores, falls, or neglect.

Before we do anything, we’ll ask a few simple questions to match you with the right lawyer: Are there signs of physical harm? Has personal property been lost? Is money missing? The more we know, the better we can represent you.

When you become our client, we do more than just take on your case. We provide you with unsurpassed support and surround you with resources designed to remove as much of the burden of the court case from you as possible.

We keep you at the center of everything we do.

We provide you with

a qualified legal team

Chosen for your case, based on the information you provide

a compassionate legal care team

Dedicated to keeping you connected to your case

a network of service providers

Ready to support your recovery
We keep you at the center of everything we do.

Getting justice in a nursing home abuse case can be difficult. Not only must you provide evidence of a specific injury but also prove that someone else’s negligence caused the injury. Trying to uncover this evidence often requires the help of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.

Our personal injury lawyers know what it takes to prove nursing home abuse or neglect. We can help you gather complicated evidence, such as medical records, state licenses, and even photographs and videos to help prove your case. 

An experienced OnderLaw nursing home abuse lawyer will

  • evaluate your case and help you understand your options
  • start investigating your claims, gathering evidence to prove your case and identifying who was responsible for the injuries you suffered 
  • determine the compensation you might be entitled to
  • handle paperwork and negotiations on your behalf and keep track of important deadlines

 

An attorney can also represent you in negotiations with the nursing home and their legal representatives, so you don’t have to deal with them. 

We can negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf and fight for your rights in court to get you the maximum compensation possible.  

How can we help you?

The types of abuse and neglect inflicted on nursing home residents cover a wide range of behaviors and activities. Our lawyers help you identify which ones apply in your situation and how to move forward. 

The kinds of cases we handle include

  • physical abuse. Anything an abuser does to a resident, directly or indirectly, that causes them physical harm is considered physical abuse. This includes things like failing to prevent a fall, hitting, excessive restraints, or force-feeding.
  • neglect. Injuries can be just as harmful when residents are neglected. For example, failure of staff to address personal hygiene might cause someone to lose their teeth. Not repositioning a bedridden patient could subject them to pressure wounds or bedsores.
  • sexual abuse. Residents are often too weak or sick to legally consent to sexual activity and might not even be fully conscious or mentally capable of consent. 
  • financial abuse. Examples might include forcing residents to cash a check or withholding funds provided by loved ones for weekly shopping trips.

 

Sometimes an accident is merely an accident. But there are other times when injuries or behavioral changes can be a sign of abuse. So if you suspect abusive treatment is taking place and want to pursue legal action, we can help.

To get started, call 855-729-0524 for a free consultation,
or fill out the form.

How can we help you?

When you or a loved one suffers abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility, the pain isn’t only physical; it can also be economic. You have the right to pursue compensation for those losses in a lawsuit.

The available losses will depend on the type of abuse but could include

  • past and future medical bills
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • loss of consortium (loss of comfort, care, and society)
  • emotional distress
  • pain and suffering
  • property damage
  • lost wages
  • lost earning capacity
  • out-of-pocket expenses
  • psychological trauma

How can we help you?

When you hire us, we’ll handle the details of launching a thorough investigation into the alleged abuse. We’ll need to determine the party or parties who caused your loved one’s injuries and collect evidence to show that they are responsible for the harm done.

Some of the evidence we might need includes

  • police/incident reports
  • patient records from the nursing home
  • medical records for treatment of the injuries
  • employee records
  • medical bills and other related expenses
  • statements from eyewitnesses
  • photos of the physical injuries and living conditions
  • bank statements and other financial documentation
  • security camera footage

 

Our team typically follows the below process to determine nursing home abuse or neglect:

Investigate the incident. Our first step is to obtain evidence that proves someone else caused the accident and you sustained injuries as a result.

Negotiate a settlement. After the nursing home’s attorney reviews what we send, we’ll attempt to negotiate a settlement. If we’re unable to do so, we can move forward with filing a lawsuit.

Recover your compensation. If the nursing home and their legal representatives agree to our demand, we’ll secure a settlement check promptly. Once we receive it, we calculate our legal fees and all costs associated with the case and subtract this from the final amount, then issue a final check for your damages.

How can we help you?

How can we help you?

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You pay no upfront fees for us to represent you

If you or a loved one suffered harm from nursing home abuse or neglect, the financial cost can be substantial. OnderLaw avoids adding to your stress because we don’t expect any advance payment. 

We work on a contingency basis. That means there are no upfront costs for our services. In fact, we don’t take our legal fees unless we recover compensation. 

If we don’t win, you don’t pay. So you can just focus on moving forward.

We don’t just take on cases, we fight causes

OnderLaw strives to make a difference by fighting for ordinary people who were harmed by the negligence of others.

We take on the challenge of fighting your case not only to make sure clients are compensated for their suffering but to hold negligent parties accountable for the harm they’ve caused.

Making you feel supported and cared for throughout your case is the most important part of our work. Get started today to see how we can help.

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I have nothing but confidence in Onder Law Firm. I’ve had the honor of meeting several of their staff at a social event and my fiance has since signed with them to handle a claim against a company. What alot of these people who have left bad reviews about them fail to realize is that their types of cases don’t get resolved overnight, they have a massive caseload on top of an already delayed court system, and they’re not going to call you just to say they have no update on your case They are going up against billion and trillion dollar companies who have an endless supply of resources. Be patient and let your attorneys do what they do…… THEY WILL WIN FOR YOU AND THEY WILL WIN BIG. They’ve never hidden the fact that the process will be long. But it WILL be worth it.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you suspect abuse, take your family member to a hospital immediately and get their injuries treated. Move them to another facility or arrange for them to stay with a relative or friend to keep them safe.

Your next step is to hire a nursing home abuse attorney to handle the legal aspects of the case while you’re overseeing the care of your loved one. OnderLaw can investigate the abuse allegations and seek the evidence needed to prove what happened.

Avoid raising suspicion at the facility and resist the urge to confront management or the specific employee about what’s happened. If they know you’re planning to take legal action, they will have plenty of time to cover up or defend their actions. 

As you prepare to transfer your family member, take pictures of anything suspicious, for example 

  • physical injuries such as bedsores or pressure wounds
  • stained bedding
  • torn clothing
  • dirty living space
  • damaged property such as missing handrails or cracked tiles

Keep detailed notes. Watch for warning signs that a nurse, administrator, or another resident abused your loved one. Write down any injuries you notice and when they occurred. Include names of staff that you suspect or your relative seems uncomfortable around. Take note of their medical care, sudden changes in mood, access to food and water, and withdrawal from activities they used to enjoy.

Multiple parties might be responsible. In addition to the actual abusers, their employers often hold liability as well. Facilities can be held accountable for their employees’ negligent actions under certain conditions, such as

  • being inadequately staffed. Understaffed facilities often struggle to provide a proper level of care. If employees must do more work than they’re paid for or take on additional shifts, it might affect the care they can provide to residents. Stress, fatigue, and low morale frequently result.
  • hiring unqualified or improper staff. Nursing home employees are usually required to have a certain level of education or training. A facility that doesn’t hire qualified workers can be held liable for abuse or neglect. In addition, facilities must also ensure employees actually hold the degrees or certifications they claim and that they have no history of abuse, neglect, or violence.
  • failing to provide proper training. As with any profession, some training for nursing home employees must take place at the facility. If the correct training is not provided for its staff, the facility might be responsible for injuries that happen.
  • violating resident rights. Under the federal Nursing Home Reform Law, residents have fundamental legal rights, including the right to individual dignity, access to visitors, information about their care, self-determination, privacy, and rights to manage financial affairs. Facilities can be held responsible if staff violate these rights.
  • preventing third-party injuries. A nursing home is required to provide a safe environment. If a resident is injured by a third party, such as another resident or a delivery person, the facility might be liable. Others, such as your loved one’s doctor or pharmacy, might also be liable in certain cases, such as an injury due to a medication or dosing error.

Sadly, nursing home abuse is all too common, with long-term effects on victims and their loved ones. But it can be hard to discover or prove. Depending on what took place, look for these warning signs:

 Physical Abuse 

  • bruises, burns, bleeding, or scratches
  • silence or discomfort around nursing home staff
  • medical treatment for recurring injuries
  • concussions
  • bedsores or pressure wounds
  • damaged personal property
  • new diagnosis of anxiety or depression
  • bloody or torn clothing
  • sudden weight loss
  • broken bones or dislocated joints
  • missing or broken teeth

 Neglect 

  • unexplained dehydration, diseases, malnutrition, or infections
  • bedsores
  • unkempt appearance
  • unsanitary living space
  • sudden mobility issues
  • untreated injuries or medical conditions

 Sexual Abuse

  • bloody or torn underwear
  • diagnosis of a new STD
  • panic attacks
  • trouble walking or sitting
  • pelvic injuries
  • bruised genitals or inner thighs
  • emotional or social withdrawal
  • bleeding or pain in the anus or genital area
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

 Financial Abuse 

  • sudden changes to their will or power of attorney
  • large ATM withdrawals at times your loved one couldn’t have made them
  • missing personal property, cash, and other belongings
  • financial activity that lacks the appropriate documentation
  • an employee showing unusual interest in their finances
  • unknown new passwords for online accounts
  • transfer of money to a person you don’t know

If you notice any warning signs, take immediate action, and remove your loved one from a potentially unsafe situation. Then be sure they get the care they need for any injuries suffered.

Yes, if you believe your relative endured any type of abuse at a nursing home, you can file a police report. A doctor, nurse, or staff member who abuses one patient may well abuse others. Your report may prevent that from happening. Contact your local police department, long-term care public advocate, or Adult Protective Services.

Inform the facility and demand that a report be made concerning the circumstances. Your attorney can then request a copy, and once a police report is made the lawyer can obtain a copy. Your lawyer can also get access to an incident report through the discovery process.

When you’re looking for a nursing home abuse lawyer, there are several things you should consider. Obviously, the firm they work for should have extensive experience and a track record of success. But it’s even more important for you to feel supported as a client. Before you hire a firm, ask questions.  

  • Does the firm get your input, so they know which attorney to assign your case? 
  • Are they empathetic about the ordeal you’ve been through? 
  • Do they communicate with you regularly and return calls and emails promptly? 
  • Do they take care of the deadlines and details of your case so you don’t have the stress of worrying about them? 
  • Are they realistic about what kind of compensation you can expect? 

Getting the right answers to questions like these will go a long way toward making sure you have the right lawyer and improve your chances of getting the best outcome for your claim or case.