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Nursing Home Negligence

Oklahoma City Attorneys Fight Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse

Protecting the rights of the elderly throughout Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, The Nursing Home Care Act specifically allows nursing home residents or their guardians to file a lawsuit if the facility violates a resident's rights. Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons aggressively investigates and pursues any kind of neglect, abuse or assault that injures residents of a nursing home or residential facility. We even employ full-time registered nurses to review medical records to identify neglect and abuse. If your elder loved one was harmed while in the care of a nursing facility, see Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, a proven law firm that fights for the maximum possible compensation for nursing home abuse and neglect.

Knowing the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

Neglect in a nursing home setting involves the failure to provide the goods and/or services necessary to prevent physical harm, mental suffering and mental illness. Bedsores are prime examples of neglect. Abuse is the intentional infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment that results in physical harm or mental distress. Hitting a resident and placing a resident in restraints simply to avoid having to deal with the person’s needs are examples of abuse.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can be apparent in many ways, physically and emotionally. As a concerned friend or relative, you should be alert to the following signs:

  • Physical abuse — The resident may have open wounds, cuts, bruises, burns, welts or areas of skin discoloration, and the caretaker cannot adequately explain the condition. Your elderly loved one may exhibit a sudden change in behavior, weight loss or poor personal hygiene.
  • Emotional abuse — The nursing home resident may be emotionally upset or agitated. Conversely, your loved one may be extremely withdrawn and unwilling to talk. It is important to note any unusual behavior.
  • Neglect — Common signs of neglect include dehydration, malnutrition, pressure sores and poor personal hygiene. The resident’s bedding and clothing may be soiled. The individual may beg for food. The facility may show signs of unsanitary conditions, and you may notice a pervasive urine or fecal odor.

You may be able to recover damages for nursing home abuse and neglect

If allegations of abuse or neglect are proved by a preponderance of the evidence, the resident is entitled to monetary compensation for the following:

  • Attorney fees (if the nursing home’s conduct violated the Nursing Home Act)
  • Punitive damages (at the discretion of the court)
  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional and mental suffering

It is up to the jury to determine the total amount of the award. A qualified personal injury attorney can present your claim in a persuasive manner.

Contact an Oklahoma City legal team with experience in nursing home neglect cases

If you have a family member who has been abused, neglected or mistreated in a nursing home, Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons can help. Let us use our knowledge, experience and resources to enforce accountability for your loved one’s injuries. There is no charge for discussing your situation with us, so call today at 405.528.4567 or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation.

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