Placing an elderly parent or spouse in a New Orleans nursing home can be a difficult decision for a family. When you choose a nursing home for your elderly loved one, you expect them to treat your loved one with courtesy, respect, and compassion.
Unfortunately, nursing home residents are sometimes abused or neglected in the place you trusted with their care. When this happens, you may be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
Proving that your loved one was injured and calculating the cost of their injuries can be complex and emotionally taxing. A New Orleans nursing home abuse lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you identify the at-fault party and build your case when we represent you.
For a free case review, contact a member of our nursing home abuse team by calling (504) 777-7777 today. Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
Immediately Report Nursing Home Abuse
At the first sign of nursing home abuse, have your loved one seen by a healthcare professional. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the following agencies may allow you to report nursing home abuse or have resources available for you if your loved one was abused in their nursing home:
- Louisiana Elderly Protective Services
- Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs
- Louisiana Long Term Care Ombudsman
- Louisiana Office of Attorney General
- Louisiana Department of Health, Aging and Adult Services
- Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs, Legal Assistance
These agencies may be able to investigate the nursing home and staff where your loved one was abused or neglected. In addition, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers encourages you to call us for a free consultation after discovering nursing home abuse. Our nursing home abuse team can discuss your situation and the next possible steps during this call.
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving New Orleans, call (337) 777-7777
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
The NCEA reports that there were 14,258 reported cases of abuse, gross neglect, or exploitation in nursing homes in 2014. In addition to caregivers, other nursing home residents are sometimes the perpetrators of abuse. Commonly reported forms of nursing home abuse include:
- Sexual abuse
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
The signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can be difficult to recognize. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), warning signs that may indicate abuse include:
- Disinterest in usually enjoyable activities
- Messy, unkempt appearance
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained bruises
- Bedsores or other avoidable health concerns
- Unsafe or unsanitary living space
Your elderly parent or spouse does not deserve to be mistreated. If you suspect your loved one has been abused in their New Orleans nursing home, call Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers today at (504) 777-7777 for a free consultation on your case with a member of our team.
If you qualify, a New Orleans nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm may be able to fight for compensation on your family’s behalf.
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The High Cost of Nursing Home Abuse
The financial impact of nursing home abuse may include medical treatments for injuries such as:
- Welts, wounds, and bruises
- Head injuries and broken bones
- Nutrition and hydration issues
- Increased risks for premature death
In addition to the physical and financial cost of nursing home abuse, it can take a high emotional toll as well. Victims may experience mental and emotional distress, such as anxiety or depression.
Accordingly, the following damages may be recoverable in a nursing home abuse case:
- Current and future costs of medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one’s death was caused by nursing home abuse, a different set of wrongful death damages may be available to you. These damages may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pre-death medical care
- Loss of companionship
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers also helps surviving family members file nursing home abuse wrongful death lawsuits.
Ensure Timely Filing of Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Filing an insurance claim or lawsuit against the nursing home where your loved one was victimized can be complex. Filing a lawsuit also has a state-mandated time restriction.
Louisiana Revised Statutes (RS) §9:5628 sets a general one-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in Louisiana. A failure to take legal action by the deadlines that apply to your case could mean that your lawsuit gets dismissed, and you are unable to recover compensation for your damages.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you understand what specific deadlines apply to your case when you call for a free consultation with our nursing home abuse team.
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Let Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Fight for Your Family
If your elderly parent or spouse was the victim of abuse in the nursing home you trusted with their care, you might have the basis for a claim for compensation. A New Orleans nursing home abuse lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to manage all aspects of your case when we represent you. This can include all deadlines, communications, and legal work.
Contact the client intake team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777 for a free case review.
We may be able to offer legal representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront payments required. Instead, we get paid for our services out of the settlement amount we get for you.