Protecting The Legal Rights Of Senior Citizens
Elder abuse is a real problem with real victims in Washington State. Recently a jury awarded $23 million dollars in a lawsuit against a very well-known, Seattle-based operator of assisted-living residences. The jury found that the company was responsible for the death of an 81-year-old woman due to elder abuse and neglect.
Bedsores, medication errors, malnutrition, abuse, and neglect are among the federal health and safety violations that jeopardize nursing home patients. Nursing home abuse attorneys not only help those who have been harmed as a result of nursing home abuse and negligence, but their skill and vigilance helps safeguard our senior population by assuring that accountability and proper standards are in place for the industry.
The nursing home industry has become a multi-billion dollar business comprised of major corporations. In some facilities profitability has become more important than administering proper care.
Nursing home neglect or abuse can have tragic results such as nursing home deaths, falls resulting in broken bones, malnutrition, dehydration, decubitus ulcers and residents wandering off the nursing home premises and stepping into harm's way.
FREE Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Case Evaluation
Nursing home administrators and care givers should never be allowed to needlessly endanger the lives of the residents in their care. If you or a family member has suffered due to nursing home neglect, the Davis Law Group can help you. We have the skill and experience necessary to represent you. Call (206) 727-4000 to begin the FREE evaluation of your potential claim.
The Three Worst Nusring Homes in King County, Washington
Reports state that 30% of nursing home facilities are cited for instances of neglect and/or abuse. For this reason, both federal and state governments have introduced legislation to protect residents of nursing homes. If you have a loved one that has been injured you may need the help of a Washington nursing home abuse attorney.
The following nursing home facilities in King County Washington received only a one-star overall rating (one out of a five possible stars) from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)*. A one-star rating indicates that, when considering health inspections, staffing measures, fire safety inspections and the quality of resident care, the facilities' overall rating was "much below average".
- Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation - Arden, 16357 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133
- Renton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 80 Southwest Second Street, Renton, WA 98057
- Talbot Center for Rehab & Healthcare, 4430 Talbot Road South, Renton, WA 98055
*Based on data available on November 10, 2017.
Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs
It is important to thoroughly understand the warning signs of potential nursing home negligence. Understanding the warning signs of abuse is the first step of stopping it. If you see any of the following signs of elder abuse in nursing homes, they should be immediately investigated:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in various stages of healing.
- Bedsores or frozen joints.
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing.
- Sudden changes in behavior.
- Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident.
- Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor.
- Resident being kept in an over-medicated state.
- Loss of resident's possessions.
- Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices.
- Abrupt changes in will or other financial documents.
In addition to those 10 warning signs, elder abuse in nursing homes can occur in many different ways. Be aware of these specific complaints:
- Unjustified isolation
- Unsanitary environment
- Malnutrition, dehydration
- Smells of urine and/or feces
- Unkempt appearance
- Rude, humiliating, derogatory comments by staff
- Poor personal hygiene
- Untreated medical condition
- Sudden, unjustified selling of property
- Missing/stolen money or property
- Radical changes in handling personal/financial affairs
- Specific complaints by residents