North Carolina Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
Regardless Of Your Injury, So Long As It Was Caused By Someone Acting In A Careless Or Negligent Manner, You Have The Right To Take Action For Compensation. Call a Wilmington Area Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer To Help You Obtain Compensation For Your Damages That Include Medical Bills, Lost Wages, Pain And Suffering, And Other Issues That You May Face Because Of Your Injury
Who Speaks for You?
Nursing Homes are designed to care for one of our most vulnerable populations. When choosing a nursing home, you expect yourself or your loved one to be treated with respect and dignity. When a nursing home breaches that duty of care, the results can be devastating and humiliating. You might feel angry at the person that caused the injury and depressed and anxious about your physical and financial issues.
Why Choose Speaks Law Firm for Your Nursing Home Neglect Case?
- Highly Reviewed & Rated – 9.9 Superb rating on respected legal site AVVO. 5.0 rating on Google. Top-rated lawyer by Super Lawyers.
- Highly Responsive – We pride ourselves on fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
- Efficient – Our approach focuses on efficiency and speed to resolve cases as quickly as we can to get you your money faster.
- No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where tenacity and knowledge of the law matter. We do what is necessary, even in difficult cases.
- Urgency, Empathy, and Detail – Your case is the center of your world. We work with urgency to resolve your case quickly, empathy to ensure you feel heard, and meticulous detail to ensure no aspect of your case is missed.
- Experienced – In our over 20 years of practicing law, Personal Injury cases have always been our focus.
- Caring & Compassionate (truly) – We’re sorry for what happened to you or your loved one. Our team is incredibly experienced, and they truly understand the complications that Personal Injury can bring upon a family.
- Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that every client’s needs are unique. We treat all of our clients with the attention they deserve.
- We Keep You Updated – Transparency is key. We want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.
- Flexible Meeting Times – We accommodate your busy schedule.
- 2nd Opinions Available – Already have a lawyer? Let us provide you with a second opinion on your case.
Having previously worked for the insurance defense companies, we know how they work and can help you navigate their relentless process.
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Types of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
There are many types of abuse that one can suffer while in a long-term care facility. The following are some examples and some of the tell-tale signs for which to look out.
This is straightforward. Anything done to cause pain or injury falls into this category. The signs will likely be physical and may present as the following:
- Broken bones
- Scratches, cuts, or bite marks
- Bandages or casts
- Unusual marks on the body, such as those made by a belt, cord, or other objects
- Missing hair or sudden bald spots
- Walking with a limp, moving with uncharacteristic pain, or inability to raise an arm or use a hand
- Torn clothing
This includes inappropriate physical contact, groping, intercourse, or any other sexual activity with a patient who does not consent or is unable to consent, is threatened, or is physically forced. Many of the signs given for physical abuse also apply here. In addition, look for:
- Torn, bloody, or missing underwear or undergarments
- Pelvic injury
- Trouble sitting or walking
- Any bruising, bleeding, or discomfort in the genital area
- Aversion to being touched
- Developing a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Emotional and Mental Abuse
These include verbal abuse, threats, harassment, intimidation, or actions that negatively affect mental state, such as confinement or isolation. Many of these warning signs may indicate other types of abuse as well. Abuse or neglect of any kind can cause emotional stress.
- Anxiety, agitation, or aggression
- Emotional withdrawal
- Sudden, unexplained changes in behavior
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of interest in things that once brought joy
- Behaving differently around caregivers, such as suddenly going silent
- Rocking back and forth and mumbling
- Acting frightened
- Attempts to flee the facility
- Aversion to being touched
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
When someone is mishandling, defrauding, or denying a patient access to their financial resources, they’re committing financial abuse. This is more likely to occur at assisted living facilities and most likely to happen to a person suffering from dementia receiving in-home care.
- Unexplained withdrawals from their bank accounts
- New “friends” who may be taking advantage
- Changes to or missing legal documents or financial statements
- Signatures that seem forged
- Unpaid bills or obligations
- Sudden and/or expensive “gifts” to an unknown party
- Sudden changes in spending behavior
- Needing something they can easily afford and yet not obtaining it
- Seized stimulus payments
Neglect is abuse, too. It’s defined as any negligent, passive, or willful deprivation of something a patient needs – whether it’s nourishment, care, medicine, or assistance. Some common signs of neglect are:
- Being messy or appearing unclean, unkempt hair, dirty clothes
- Unusual odor
- Sudden weight loss or loss of appetite
- Unusual inactivity
- Pressure sores, bedsores, or unexplained rashes
- Overmedication, or “chemical restraints” that reduce the effort staff expend on a patient
- Missing or broken glasses, hearing aids, walkers, dentures, etc.
Other Aspects of Personal Injury We Assist You With
Regardless of your injury, so long as it was caused by someone acting in a negligent manner, you have the right to take action for compensation. We can help you obtain compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other issues that you may face because of your injury.
- Automobile Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck & Semi Accidents
- Drunk Driver
- Dog Bites
- Hit And Run
- Scooter Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability
- Slip / Trip And Fall
- Wrongful Death
- Uber/ Lyft / Rideshare Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Workers Comp
- Bus and Train Accidents
- Nursing Home Neglect
- General Accidents
- Fire and Burn Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Premises Liability
- And Other Personal Injury Matters
Statute of Limitations for Nursing Home Neglect in North Carolina
North Carolina law allows only Three Years to file a Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse claim. This deadline is critical to your rights because if you don’t get your lawsuit started in court before North Carolina’s three-year filing window closes, you’ll lose your right to have your case heard. Call our offices today to avoid missing your window of opportunity.
What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
- Visit your loved one often. Take notes of any changes in behavior or appearance.
- Obtain their medical records. Review them for inconsistencies and unnecessary treatments or medications.
- Take photographs. Any physical changes in your loved one (loss of weight, injuries, sores, etc.) Photographs are powerful tools in proving abuse.
- Look for reviews or complaints. Local Ombudsman programs may have prior abuse or neglect complaints, helping to corroborate your suspicions.
- Get witness statements. Other family members, residents, facility employees, or visitors may be able to “back you up.”
- Check inspections and licenses. Previous citations may include other instances of neglect.
- Hire an attorney. Don’t go up against the company alone. We will stand by you to help you through this process.
Should I Get A Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer?
Maybe you are the type of person who is hesitant to sue anyone. Still, you put your trust into a facility to care for you or your loved one; if they took advantage of your trust, shouldn’t someone pay for what happened? If so, hiring a nursing home neglect attorney is, unfortunately, a reality for ensuring you get compensated for you or your loved ones’ pain and suffering.
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If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
We help families within or near the Wilmington Area.
Locally, clients come to us from Charlotte, New Hanover, Ogden, Murrayville, Bayshore, King’s Grant, Porter’s Neck, Wrightsville Beach, Myrtle Grove, Surf City, and others throughout the New Hanover area.
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We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and get the compensation you or your loved one deserves. Call our office at (910) 341-7570 with questions and a description of your situation to see if we can assist or to schedule a consultation. Or you may simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office, and you can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours of the same day. All information you share is confidential.