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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Placing your loved one in a nursing home is not an easy decision. You have to place immense trust in the facility and its staff.

If your loved one suffers elder abuse, our lawyers can help your family hold the responsible party accountable.

The attorneys at Cochran Douglas in Tacoma, WA, have won millions for abuse victims. Request your free consultation today.

Do You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse? Reach Out to Our Attorneys Today

Learning that a family member is suffering from nursing home negligence is a crushing experience. Our Tacoma lawyers are dedicated to helping clients who are victims of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and other forms of abuse. Contact us now for a free consultation if you suspect someone you love is suffering abuse at a nursing home or other assisted living facility. 

Identifying Nursing Home Abuse

Seniors and those with special needs depend on dedicated and compassionate caretakers for their livelihood. Should someone you care for be subjected to nursing home neglect, physical abuse, or other mistreatment, the lawyers at Cochran Douglas in Tacoma can help you recover damages and achieve justice.   

Nursing home abuse is a type of personal injury that can take many forms. It's important to recognize the signs of neglect and other harm nursing home residents may face. If you know someone who has experienced the following forms of exploitation or mistreatment, reach out to our nursing home abuse attorneys:

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If the person you care for is being ignored or is provided inadequate supervision, they are likely a victim of nursing home neglect. This can include wearing dirty clothes, poor hygiene, bedsores, weight loss, untreated injuries, and unclean living quarters. Residents in nursing homes should have their basic needs met in order to maintain a good quality of life. 

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Medical Malpractice

It's common for nursing home residents to have to take medication for their health. Some people may have health conditions that require accommodations like walkers or oxygen masks. Nursing home companies and their staff who don't give residents their medication in the proper increments or correct doses, or fail to provide equipment that helps with physical limitations, can be held liable.

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Physical Abuse

If a caretaker hits, shakes, or restrains your loved one for a reason not related to their care, it may be considered physical abuse. If you notice bruises, injuries, depression, or a dramatic change in mood from your loved one, these can be signs that they're experiencing physical abuse. Signs of this type of personal injury can include bruises, scrapes, bandages, cuts, open wounds, and bed sores. 

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Emotional Abuse

If a caregiver uses intimidating tones and words, threats, insults, and demeaning language, our nursing home abuse attorneys can pursue damages for emotional abuse. Emotional abuse may not be as clear to see as physical injuries, but it can be just as damaging. Symptoms like depression, general disinterest, emotional distancing, and a refusal to speak or be social may be signs that a nursing home resident is suffering emotional abuse. 

Nursing home abuse can also include financial coercion and sexual abuse. If you suspect that a person you care about is the victim of mistreatment, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers today. 

"I would like to highly recommend Cochran Douglas Law for your personal injury needs. The attorneys are professional yet personable.I know they take the time necessary to consider your individual circumstance and will work their hardest on your behalf. They are honest and you can be sure their legal experience is exactly what you need when you are at your most vulnerable." Virginia D. Tacoma, WA

What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse 

Document Signs of Abuse

If a nursing home resident experiences unexplained injuries, weight loss, poor hygiene, or dirty living quarters, take photos and notes. Have a doctor review your loved one's health and see if they can detect any signs of abuse. Save all videos, reports, medical records, and personal notes in a safe spot, since they can greatly help your nursing home abuse case.  

Talk to Administrators

If you have questions or concerns about the state your loved one is in, see if you can talk to nursing home administrators about it. Privately, you should ask your loved one if they are experiencing nursing home abuse. It may be possible that the nursing home resident is too scared to admit they are a victim of abuse. It's important to recognize the signs of abuse in case things don't match up with what you're being told.

Report Clear-Cut Abuse to Authorities

Regardless of whether your family member and staff deny any abuse, if it is clear to you that abuse is taking place, you should report it to the police. You should also report the harmful activity to the state Department of Social and Health Services. At this time, it is also recommended that you find a new facility for your family member, since they may face more abuse after you report the nursing home. 

Contact Us

Our nursing home abuse lawyers in Tacoma can help you file a nursing home abuse claim and pursue damages. We can protect your vulnerable family member, hold abusers liable, and advance your case through the court system. Our lawyers will fight for fair compensation and expose abusive nursing homes so they cannot take advantage of other vulnerable adults. 

Don't Wait Too Long

Washington state has a three-year limit on filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Three years may seem like a long time, but the more time that passes, the harder it can be to retain accurate and compelling evidence. If you contact us as soon as possible after you discover any signs of nursing home abuse, our attorneys can start building your case right away. 

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We Can Help Your Loved One  Get Out of an Abusive Situation

If you're seeing unexplained injuries and a complete change in behavior from someone you care about who lives in a nursing home, they can be signs of abuse. These situations can be difficult to navigate if your loved one and the nursing home staff deny any abusive activity. 

It costs you nothing to take advantage of our free consultations. If the person you care about is a victim of nursing home abuse, our lawyers will do all we can to expose the staff and administrators who are mistreating vulnerable adults. Meanwhile, we will pursue the maximum restitution so you and your family can get the care you need to overcome this grave mistreatment.

Attorneys Cole Douglas and Loren Cochran work on a contingency basis when it comes to personal injury, which means you don't pay a dime unless we achieve a settlement or jury award on your behalf. Request a consultation online today or contact us by phone.

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What To Do In Case of Death

Depending on the health of the person you care for, the nature of the abuse, and other factors, elder abuse or nursing home neglect can be deadly. You have the sympathy of our attorneys if you lost someone to nursing home abuse, and they are prepared to take action on your behalf. 

No settlement or verdict can bring back the people you care about, but a successful wrongful death case can provide the resources you need to ease burdens like funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and emotional loss. Our nursing home abuse lawyers will hold caregivers responsible for a wrongful death they have caused and pursue maximum restitution that can allow your family to heal.

Like personal injury cases in Washington, wrongful death cases have a three-year period in which to file a claim. We recommend contacting our attorneys as soon as you can so we can build a strong case for meaningful compensation. 

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Our personal injury attorneys have collected numerous honors and belong to noted professional organizations, ensuring they stay current with the ever-changing legal landscape. Among our honors and professional affiliations:

  • WSAJ: Washington State Association for Justice
  • WSBA: Washington State Bar Association
  • KCBA: King County Bar Association
  • TPCBA: Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Request a free consultation with our practice by contacting us online or by calling (253) 472-7777. We can meet at a location and time convenient for you, including nights and weekends.


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