Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

When you make the courageous decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, you should be confident that he or she is safe and being well cared for. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse happen. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, there are elder laws to protect them. You don't have to sit by in silence while your loved one is being neglected or abused (which is more than physical). At Mac Hester Law, we have the experience to make sure the nursing home and their insurance companies are held liable for being so careless and irresponsible.

A Few Key Terms

Abuse: This typically occurs when a caregiver inflicts intentional pain or suffering on the resident. Due to the fragile, helpless nature of many nursing home occupants, they are unable to defend themselves and/or report the abuse adequately. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and psychological abuse all occur within the confines of nursing home walls and must be taken seriously.

Neglect: This is a failure to properly care for a nursing home resident, and signs include bed sores, infections, malnutrition, dehydration, bruising, and depression. It can be the result of employee failed to properly assist the resident in eating or drinking, employee failure to assist with bathroom activities including restroom and showering, employee failure to move or reposition a resident who is unable to do so on their own, as well as employee failure to respond to calls for assistance.

Misuse of Funds or Property: This occurs when employees intentionally embezzle, steal, take, or misuse the money or property of a nursing home resident without consent.


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What the Law Says

All nursing homes have a responsibility on both a state and federal level to create plans that meet to the needs of their residents. When these plans fall through and standards aren't upheld, their residents — including your loved one — can sustain serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries. Some of these very basic standards can include, but aren't limited to:

  • making sure residents are properly fed
  • providing the proper amount of fluids
  • giving the right medications at the right times
  • providing the proper supervision
  • administering adequate grooming
  • preventing bed sores, pressure ulcers, and other injuries 

Neglect and abuse aren't always easy to detect, especially if the resident has been made fearful to tell someone about what's going on — or if they can't communicate what's happening. There are, however, some signs to look out for. Bruises, possible infections, residents acting timid, unusually hungry, or unusually thirsty are all reasons to start asking questions.. If you believe your loved one's rights to good treatment has been violated in any way, get in touch with us.

It's imperative that you contact us as soon as you become aware of the situation in order to protect your loved one and get the resolution you need quickly. Acting quickly in situations such as these can literally be the difference in life and death in some cases, and the situation must be handled properly.

Fort Collins, Colorado Elder & Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

When you need a top-notch nursing home neglect and abuse attorney in Fort Collins, Northern Colorado, or Denver to help you move your case towards success, you need Mac Hester Law. Nursing home abuse and neglect can be an in-depth process that requires experienced professionals who have what it takes to look over the details of your situation. Give us a call today.