North Carolina, Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Each year, millions of people entrust nursing homes to care for their loved ones. Unfortunately, many nursing homes hire staff members who neglect and abuse residents, resulting in catastrophic injuries.
At Mast Law Firm our personal injury lawyers have represented clients with complex legal needs since 1962. If you are concerned that your loved one is being abused or if you have been accused of elder abuse, contact us to meet with one of our experienced lawyers.
Strong Background in Nursing Home Abuse
For more than four decades, our attorneys have fought for plaintiffs and defendants. We have an in-depth background in personal injury, after representing hundreds of clients on all sides of a case.
Consistently, we provide our clients with a hands-on approach. We begin with a detailed investigation into the abuse allegations. Our attorneys work with health care professionals to review medical records and nursing charts. This information helps us determine who is at fault for not preventing nursing home abuse. As a legal team, we also work together to understand the type of nursing home abuse, such as:
- Bed sores
- Broken bones
- Medication error
- Failure to treat an illness
Major Types of Elder Abuse
We also meet with other family members to determine if other nursing home residents have been abused. Now you have to keep in mind that no two cases of elder abuse are the same and the exact details can vary wildly. We can generally squeeze it into one of two categories of abuse. Those would be physical abuse, which involves laying hands on someone or striking them with an object, anything like that. But you cannot discount the invisible effects of emotional abuse as well. Elderly individuals are often unwilling to report bullying and unable to fight back against it. Emotional abuse could be as obvious as constant screaming or verbal assault, or it could be something much harder to notice and report like saying threating things every time they get close, etc. This can cause drastic mood swings and have an incredibly detrimental effect on your elderly loved ones’ overall health.
There are far more types of abuse out there as well that you need to be on the lookout for. Among them is sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is the non-consentual initiation of physical or sexual contact. Financial abuse is another one that we see all too frequently when we work with the elderly. This can be very hard to spot unless you keep a close eye over their finances, and even then it’s very difficult to stop with a lot of people only targeting the elderly for financial crimes. Lastly not all abuse is as “active” as some of the past ones we have mentioned. Neglect is all too common in nursing homes, and it can quickly lead to disastrous health effects. Often neglect isn’t even done intentionally, it can come down to staffing and training simply being inadequate. Neglect could be as simple as forgetting to get water for and provide daily items for your loved one. Or as malicious as failing to administer medication, flipping to avoid bedsores, or ignoring the warning signs or dangerous symptoms.
Preparing Every Case for Trial
Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims recover as much financial compensation as possible to cover hospital bills and on-going treatment needs. We will work with your doctor to determine the extent of your loved ones’ injuries. This testimony will be used in court to reach the best verdict possible. We’ve got an unmatched dedication to standing up for all victims of abuse, neglect, or injuries. We will do our best to keep you advises of your rights. Now a lot of injuries that happen in long-term care facilities are completely accidental, sometimes falls and other incidents are just bound to happen as you age. But that’s not to say that injuries are never caused by the misconduct or carelessness of the staff.
In our opinion, there is absolutely zero room and no excuses for misconduct or abuse in an elder-care facility. Anyone that is willing to engage in these behaviors as well as any employers or organizations that allow it, should be held accountable to the full extent of the law.
We also vigorously defend clients accused of nursing home abuse. We will gather as many facts of possible to prepare for trial — this will give us the ability to effectively negotiate with the other side.
Contact Us for Aggressive Representation
Our attorneys offer confidential consultations at our law offices centrally located in Garner and Smithfield. Call us today at (800) 280-6676 or e-mail us to schedule a flexible appointment. For more information on what services we can provide, visit our legal services page.