Nursing Home Neglect / Abuse
If your loved one or family member has been injured in a Denver nursing home facility to the neglect or abuse of a worker at the nursing home, it is very important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Many families have a loved one who is a resident in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and although they are supposed to be a safe, home environment, instances of abuse and neglect can occur.
If you become aware that your family member or loved one may have become the victim of abuse or neglect while at a nursing home facility, it is essential to contact a knowledgeable Denver personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Denver Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died because of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel for help getting justice. Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson represents clients throughout the Mile High City and many surrounding areas, including Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Longmont, Centennial, Boulder, Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada, and many others.
Colorado personal injury lawyer Jennifer Donaldson’s 30 years of experience has earned her an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, a testament to the respect and esteem of her peers. She can review your case as soon as you call (303) 458-5000 to schedule a completely free consultation.
Colorado Nursing Home Abuse Information Center
- Nursing Home Abuse Claims in Denver
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Nursing Home Abuse Claims in Denver
Although nursing home abuse or neglect can come about from a variety of situations, some of the most common scenarios leading to abuse or neglect in Denver are as follows:
- Nursing Home Abuse — Nursing home abuse can generally occur when a caregiver or the nursing home employees intentionally inflict pain or harm on the nursing home residents. Residents of a nursing home are typically elderly or disabled and unable to defend against the abuse or report the abuse. Nursing home abuse can involve any form of abuse, such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or psychological abuse.
- Nursing Home Neglect — Nursing home neglect generally occurs when a caregiver, nurse or nursing home employee fails to provide a nursing home resident proper care. Common indicators of neglect at a nursing home can include bruising, bed sore, infections, malnutrition, soiled clothing, dehydration, physical injuries and/or depression. Nursing home neglect can be caused by any of the following:
- A nursing home employee’s failure to assist a resident to eat or drink;
- A nursing home employee’s failure to assist a resident to the bathroom when unable to go by himself;
- A nursing home employee’s failure to assist a resident with physical therapy or participation in general activities;
- A nursing home employee’s failure to bathe a resident;
- A nursing home employee’s failure to move or reposition a resident who is incapable of moving independently; and/or
- A nursing home employee’s failure to respond to calls or requests for assistance.
- Misappropriation of Funds or Property — Misappropriation of funds or property generally occurs when the nursing home’s employees intentionally misuse, embezzle, steal or take the property or money of a nursing home’s resident without the nursing home resident’s authorization.
Colorado Lawsuits for Nursing Home Neglect
It is very important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if your loved one or family member was neglected or abused while living in a nursing home.
If your loved one’s injuries were caused by the neglect or abuse of an employee at a nursing home, you may be prevented from filing a lawsuit against the negligent party for the injuries they sustained two years after the date of injury, according to section 13-80-102 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. This time period is also known as a statute of limitations or SOL and bars a lawsuit for damages arising out of a tort claim after a certain period of time has passed. Therefore, it is very important to contact a Denver personal injury lawyer to make sure your loved one is able to recover full and fair compensation for their injuries.
In order to win a negligence lawsuit and recover damages for your loved one’s nursing home abuse or neglect claim in Denver, your attorney must first prove a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence. A preponderance of the evidence is a burden of proof at trial that your attorney must establish, which is satisfied if the evidence slightly weighs more in your favor than it does not. Additionally, your lawyer will have to show that the nursing home owed your loved one or family member a duty, this duty was breached, and as a proximate and actual cause of the breach, your loved one or family member was injured.
Colorado Resources for Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing Homes | Colorado.gov — This section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website provides several links to additional information about nursing homes. You can learn more about consumer resources, provider resources, and certain committees. There is also additional information relating to bed safety, how to file a complaint, and protocols for infectious diseases.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators — This division of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is responsible for oversight and regulation of nursing homes in the Centennial State. On this website, you can learn more about laws, rules, and policies. You can also file a complaint and find information relating to mandatory reporting of elderly abuse or exploitation.
Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
Denver, CO 80202
Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson | Nursing Home Neglect Attorney in Denver
Was your loved one severely injured or killed by the negligence or neglect of a Colorado nursing home? Denver personal injury attorney Jennifer Donaldson may be able to seek compensation for your losses.
The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson serves families all over Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Boulder County, Adams County, and Denver County. We will provide a complete review of your case during a free consultation when you call (303) 458-5000 or submit an online form today.