Rapid Health Decline
Nursing home neglect and abuse occurs more often than most people realize. In fact, some reports state that abuse or neglect occurs regularly in as much as one-third of the nursing homes in the U.S.
Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are hesitant to report neglect or abuse out of fear of retaliation or even because they do not want to burden friends or loved ones. It is incumbent upon the families and friends of elderly who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to be aware of signs that abuse or neglect may be taking place. A health decline can occur gradually or rapidly. Indications that something is awry include:
- Dramatic weight loss
- Open wounds
- Falls resulting in broken bones or fractures
- Unexplained bruises or lacerations
- Emotional withdrawal
The law office of Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty is dedicated to pursuing claims arising out of nursing home neglect and abuse. We handle nursing home neglect and abuse cases throughout Delaware. If you have expressed concerns about the care that an elderly family member is receiving in a Delaware nursing home and those concerns have not been addressed, our experienced lawyers stand ready to assist you.
We work with experts in all health care fields, including doctors who specialize in geriatrics, nutrition, surgery and psychology, as well as specialists in nursing home administration who are knowledgeable about nursing home matters.
Our thorough knowledge of state and federal laws that regulate nursing home facilities and protect the elderly allow us to hold facilities accountable for understaffing, poor training and other factors that lead to neglect and abuse.
We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and review the facts of your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
All of our cases in this area of practice are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay any attorney fees unless we obtain a recovery for you, either through negotiations or litigation.