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Phoenix Nursing Home Injury Lawyers Representing Resident-on-Resident Abuse Victims
Strong representation for Arizona nursing home residents who are injured by other residents
Many nursing home residents have cognitive difficulties such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Some residents have emotional problems or substance abuse problems. Some residents are just mean. Nursing home residents cannot just stand by and watch residents abuse or harm other residents due to cognitive or emotional challenges. The need for one resident to lash out when they’re in too much pain should never excuse abusing or attacking another resident.
At Garcia & Artigliere, our Phoenix nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers represent seniors and other residents in all types of claims. The owners, administrators, and managers of nursing homes in Phoenix need to take proactive measures to prevent any type of harm to other residents – starting with understanding which residents are most likely to be unruly. The staff should be alert to any unruly residents who are threatening, demeaning, or hurting another resident. Arizona nursing homes can prevent resident-on-resident with proper strategies and responses.
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- How common are resident-on-resident attacks and confrontations?
- What are the types of resident-on-resident nursing home incidents?
- Why does resident-on-resident abuse occur in Phoenix nursing homes?
- How can Phoenix nursing homes prevent resident-on-resident abuse?
- How do your Arizona nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers fight for residents who are abused by other residents?
- Do you have a nursing home resident-on-resident abuse lawyer near me?
How common are resident-on-resident attacks and confrontations?
A 2016 Cornell University study found that nearly one in five nursing home residents is involved in resident-on-resident incidents every month. Some of these incidents cause physical injuries. Some are deadly.
Resident-on-resident incidents include verbal, physical, and sexual interactions between residents that are aggressive, intrusive, and “would likely be unwelcome and potentially cause physical or psychological distress or harm in the recipient.”
A 2008 study called Resident-to-Resident Aggression in Long-Term Care Settings, found that 90 percent of nursing aides in long-term care facilities observed residents pushing and grabbing other residents and observed aggressive behavior between the residents in the prior three months. Nearly 70 percent observed a resident stealing. Forty percent observed one resident exposing body parts to another resident.
What are the types of resident-on-resident nursing home incidents?
Resident-on-resident incidents include:
- Hostile interactions. These incidents include accusations, arguments, sarcasm, attempts at social control, and disproportionate responses.
- Invasion of privacy. These incidents “invasion of room privacy, invasion of personal space, and inappropriate caregiving.”
- Roommate problems. These incidents include roommate disagreements and belligerent roommates.
- Unprovoked actions. These incidents include physical and verbal assaults without warning or justification.
- Inappropriate sexual behavior. These incidents include “unwanted sexual advances and exposure or intentional nudity in the presence of other residents.”
The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center provides the following examples or residence-on-resident incidents:
- Verbal threats
- Hitting, biting, kicking, and pushing
- Invading the personal space and privacy of a resident
- Unwanted sexual behavior
- Throwing items
- Destroying personal property
Why does resident-on-resident abuse occur in Phoenix nursing homes?
Some of the reasons resident-on-resident abuse occurs include dementia, Alzheimer’s, mental illness, substance abuse, some medications, residents with psychiatric problems, agitation, and overcrowding.
Nursing homes in Phoenix may contribute to resident-on-resident abuse if the home is understaffed, the staff members are not trained to identify and manage abusive residents, and many other failures.
Resident-on-resident abuse can cause many different types of injuries including broken bones, falls, head trauma, cuts and bruises, and other physical injuries. Residents who are abused by other residents may also suffer loneliness, depression, fear, and other psychological harm – all of which will affect the victim’s quality of life.
How can Phoenix nursing homes prevent resident-on-resident abuse?
At Garcia & Artigliere, our Phoenix nursing home lawyers work to hold long-term care facilities accountable when they fail to protect residents from harm by other residents. We are skilled at showing that a nursing home:
- Failed to identify which residents might pose a threat or danger to other residents
- Failed to identify the reasons a resident might pose a threat or might be the victim of abuse – such as fear, malnutrition, pain, psychological problems, or other issues
- Did not create safe areas for residents to move
- Did not educate the nursing home staff to help or monitor residents with behavioral, emotional, or mental health problems
- Has too many residents
- Failed to implement a reporting system for resident-on-resident incidents
- Failed to follow federal and Arizona nursing home regulations
How do your Arizona nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers fight for residents who are abused by other residents?
At Garcia & Artigliere, we’ve been fighting for the elderly since 1993. We have helped thousands of nursing home residents, seniors, and other clients obtain strong recoveries. Our Phoenix attorneys work with nursing home professionals who understand the best practices long-term care facilities should use to prevent or minimize resident-on-resident incidents.
We file elder abuse and neglect actions against nursing homes that fail to create and implement reasonable strategies to protect their residents from all types of aggressive or uncomfortable conduct by other residents. Some residents never completely recover physically or emotionally from attacks by other residents.
When Phoenix nursing homes are liable for resident-on-resident attacks, our lawyers demand that the resident victim receive compensation for the following current and future damages:
- Medical expenses including emergency care, hospitalizations and surgeries, doctor visits, rehabilitative therapy, psychological counseling, medications, and any other medical costs
- Daily physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Injuries to senior are especially harmful because seniors need more time to heal – and time is usually the one thing they don’t have.
Our Arizona nursing home resident-on-resident lawyers also file wrongful death claims on behalf of the family members if a loved one died due to a resident-on-resident attack.
Do you have a nursing home resident-on-resident abuse lawyer near me?
Garcia & Artigliere represents Phoenix nursing home residents who are assaulted or hurt by other residents. We’ll help your loved one assert his/her rights, work to ensure the abuse stops, and fight to ensure the nursing home implements protocols to address resident-on-resident incidents.
Get help now. Speak with our lawyers if your loved one was abused by an Arizona nursing home resident
Nursing homes in Phoenix know that residents may attack or abuse other residents. The homes should take steps to prevent resident-on-resident incidents before they occur and to stop the incidents as soon as they happen. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Phoenix nursing home resident-on-resident lawyers have the experience, resources, and record of success to help your loved one from a residential attack.
To assert your loved one’s right to safety, protection, and enjoyable quality of life, call us or contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. We maintain additional offices in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Louisville, and New Orleans. Our nursing home lawyers represent clients across America. There are no upfront charges. Our attorneys only receive compensation if your claim is successful.
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