Moving your elderly parent or vulnerable loved one into a nursing home can be emotionally challenging. You need to know that you can trust the assisted living facility to provide proper care. Sadly, nursing homes do not always live up to our expectations or their legal responsibilities. According to research conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), approximately one in ten nursing home residents suffers injuries due to abuse or neglect.
At Kapuza Lighty, PLLC, our Yakima nursing home injury attorneys are committed to holding negligent nursing homes accountable. If your loved one was injured or mistreated at a nursing home in Eastern Washington, our legal team is here to help. Please contact us today to get a comprehensive case evaluation.
Nursing Home Residents Have Legal Rights
All nursing home residents have important legal rights under both state law and federal law. More notably, the residents of assisted living centers in Yakima are protected under the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act and the Chapter 70.129 RCW of Washington state law. Among other things, these rights give nursing home residents:
- Legal protection from abuse and exploitation;
- Access to full information about living conditions and health care decisions;
- The ability to file complaints against a nursing home without facing retaliation; and
- The right to be treated with dignity and respect
What to Do If Your Loved One Was Injured, Abused, or Neglected
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused at a Washington assisted living facility, or if you believe that they are being neglected, you need to take immediate action. First and foremost, you need to get your vulnerable loved one into a safe environment. The misconduct of the nursing home or its staff members should be reported. In the most serious cases, you may even need to call 911 to get your loved one emergency medical attention. When the situation has stabilized, you need to call an experienced Yakima nursing home neglect lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to review your case, explain your options to you, and help your family take action to get justice.
Victims Deserve Compensation
If you or your loved one suffered an injury at a nursing home, it is imperative that you seek legal guidance. At Kapuza Lighty, PLLC, our Yakima nursing home injury attorneys can help you hold the responsible facility liable so that you and your family can get justice. Financial compensation may be available for any of the following:
- Costs to relocate to another facility;
- Out-of-pocket medical bills;
- Physical therapy and rehabilitative treatment;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and
- Wrongful death damages.
Contact Our Yakima Nursing Home Injury Attorneys Today
At Kapuza Lighty, PLLC, our Washington nursing home injury lawyers have extensive experience handling negligence and abuse claims. Your vulnerable loved one deserves protection. We can help you hold the negligent assisted living facility liable. To set up an immediate, fully private review of your case, please contact our Yakima, WA office today.