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Assisted living facilities provide older adults or those with mental or physical impairments with individualized health and personal care assistance, in a homelike setting. There is meant to be an emphasis on dignity, autonomy, independence, and privacy in these facilities. However, this is not always the case and assisted living facilities have been the focus of efforts to curb the growing national problem of elder abuse.
If you or a loved one was injured in an assisted living facility, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. Read on to learn more about assisted living facilities, and reach out to Dan Chapman and Associates for a risk-free, cost-free consultation on your case now.
Things to Watch Out for In Assisted Living Facilities
To combat the risks that older adults face in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other caregiver situations, the National Center of Elder Abuse has established a national effort to combat elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. To ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones in an assisted living facility, it is important to be vigilant and to watch out for signs of abuse.
The red flags of elder abuse include the following:
- Emotional or behavioral signs – unusual changes in sleep or behavior, being isolated or not responsive, exhibiting depression, fear, or anxiety
- Physical signs – broken bones, bruises, cuts, stores, burns, torn clothing, dirtiness, poor hydration, poor living conditions, lack of medical aids like glasses or hearing aids
- Financial signs – unpaid bills, unusual changes in bank accounts or money management, fraudulent signatures on financial documents
It is important to watch out for these red flags to help identify elder abuse as soon as possible so that it can be stopped. If you or a loved one has been physically, mentally, or financially harmed in an assisted living facility, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. Connecting with a local elder abuse attorney as soon as possible after your injury will support you and your family, build the strongest possible case, and work to achieve the best possible outcome in your favor.
Facilities are Liable for the Misbehavior of Employees
When an employee engages in an act that causes injury to someone else when they are performing their job duties, their employer is generally liable for the damages caused. What this means for your assisted living facility injury is that when you are proceeding to collect on your damages, you will be doing so from the assisted care facility, and not the employee.
While you might worry that the employee does not have the resources to compensate you for your damages, your experienced elder abuse attorney from Dan Chapman and Associates will put together a strong case against the employee and the employing assisted living facility. This ensures that you are able to recover your damages from a party with the resources to afford them.
Connect with an Elder Abuse Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury at an assisted care facility, for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced elder law attorneys, schedule a consultation with Dan Chapman and Associates today!