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Shreveport Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

Strong advocacy from Shreveport attorneys for residents of Louisiana nursing homes

Each nursing home and facility is required to comply with federal and Louisiana long-term care laws and best practice standards. At Garcia & Artigliere, our Shreveport elder abuse and neglect lawyers are advocates for the elderly. In two recent cases where we worked with the US Justice Department, we obtained $46 million and $45 million against a skilled nursing management company and various nursing facilities. We’re seasoned trial lawyers, and we’ll help you and your loved one get the justice you deserve - call us today to assert your rights.


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How is nursing home abuse or neglect defined?

Nursing homes can be held liable if the harm they cause a resident is due to intentional abuse, neglecting to address abuse, and any type of neglect that involves failing to use reasonable care.

The different types of abuse that our Shreveport nursing home lawyers handle include:

  • Physical abuse. This type of abuse includes pushing, slapping, hitting, or punching a resident. Abuse also includes the use of physical or chemical restraints and denying a resident essential needs, such as food and drink, medications, and medical care.
  • Sexual abuse. This type of abuse involves forced and unwanted sexual acts including rape and sexual assault. Promising better treatment in return for sexual acts is a form of sexual abuse. The abusers at nursing homes may include the managers, staff members, visitors, and the residents of the nursing home.
  • Emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is generally used to control or punish a resident. Examples include screaming, insulting, and intimidating a resident, and isolating a resident from family and other seniors.

Shreveport nursing home neglect includes failing to take steps to prevent physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Neglect also includes failing to take preventive steps to prevent falls, pressure ulcers, malnutrition, dehydration, and other injuries.

Nursing home medication negligence

Most residents of nursing homes take different types of medications. Many residents take several drugs. Nursing homes generally provide medical care which includes some medical professionals who work at the facility, and other medical professionals who are on call. Residents may also see doctors and other healthcare professionals that the nursing home contracts with at the professional’s office.

Nursing homes can be held liable if they fail to provide residents with their prescription medicines when due, fail to observe the signs of various disorders, and fail to obtain immediate medical help. They may also be liable if the provider’s care is negligent – especially if the provider is an employee.

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Shreveport nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers work to hold nursing homes and physicians liable for medication mistakes that are preventable. These mistakes include:

  • Failing to have individual health plans for each resident that identify health issues, medications, possible complications, and who to contact in the event of an emergency.
  • Not providing quality medical care promptly if a Shreveport nursing home resident has any medical problems
  • Reviewing the possible side effects or interaction risks involved with each medication
  • List the likely side effects of any drug

Delayed or denied treatment of stroke negligence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 800,000 people have stroke symptoms each year and 1/4 of those people had a prior stroke. The employees and medical staff of a Shreveport nursing home must be able to identify a stroke quickly. Prompt medical care is required for any stroke symptoms. It’s essential that anyone who shows signs of an ischemic stroke is given tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within three hours from the onset of symptoms. tPA helps to break up blood clots that prevent the brain from getting the blood it needs. Prompt emergency care can also help hemorrhaging stroke victims who have bleeding in the brain.

What signs indicate nursing home abuse or neglect is occurring?

Some of the signs that your loved one who lives in a Shreveport nursing home is being neglected or abused include:

  • Signs of a fall
  • Bedsores/pressure ulcers
  • Malnutrition/dehydration
  • A fractured hip, arm, leg, or another body parts
  • Bowel and bladder malfunction
  • Scabies
  • Infections that haven’t been treated
  • Bruises, cuts, and bleeding
  • Poor hygiene
  • Fear
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Not speaking to or spending time with family and friends
  • Signs that drug schedules aren’t current
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Poor medical care
  • Leaving the premises without supervision
  • Resident abandonment
  • Self-neglect
  • The wrongful death of a Shreveport nursing home resident
Nationwide Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers

More than 3/5 of staff members of nursing homes confess to some type of senior abuse or neglect in the prior year according to Brigham Young University data.

What are the rights of the residents of Shreveport nursing homes?

Nursing homes in Shreveport must honor the rights of nursing home residents in Louisiana based on the following laws:

These rights include the right to:

  • Engage in discussions and decisions about medical care
  • File complaints
  • Be treated with respect
  • Participate in social, physical, and religious activities
  • Be free from the use of physical or chemical restraints
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Talk with a lawyer
  • Privacy
  • Manage their finances
  • Obtain social services
  • Leave the nursing home when supervised
  • Be free from abuse

Who is liable to the victims of abuse or neglect at a Shreveport nursing home?

Garcia & Artigliere has more than $3 billion in recoveries. We file abuse and neglect claims against all responsible defendants including:

  • The Shreveport nursing home
  • The managers, supervisors, and owners of the nursing home
  • The employees, if they intentionally harm a resident
  • Any medical professional who committed medical malpractice
  • Any other responsible defendants

We seek the following damages when Shreveport nursing home and abuse occurs:

  • Medical costs (current and future). These expenses include ER care, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, and other medical bills.
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Inability to enjoy life’s pleasures
  • The functional loss of a body part
  • Any scarring or disfigurement
  • Punitive damages if the abuse or neglect was egregious

At Garcia & Artigliere, we also file wrongful death claims on behalf of the family members when abuse or neglect at a Shreveport nursing home causes a loved one to die.

How do you fight for nursing home abuse and neglect victims in Shreveport?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Shreveport nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers take the following steps to fight for your loved one:

  • Showing which laws were broken
  • Showing that a nursing home did not follow best practices for nursing homes
  • Investigating any prior knowledge of property defects or prior complaints about abusive or neglectful care
  • Questioning the nursing owners, managers, and employees – along with anyone else who has knowledge about the abuse or neglect
  • Reviewing the nursing home’s protocols
  • Working with prosecutors, the Louisiana Ombudsman Program, and local adult protective service agencies
  • Reviewing your loved one’s medical condition and needs

Do you have a Shreveport nursing home abuse and neglect attorney near me?

Garcia & Artigliere meets Shreveport nursing home residents at our Louisiana office, at their nursing home, and at the home of a loved one. We do conduct meetings by phone and by video.

We’ll answer all the questions you and your loved one have. Our team will guide you each step of the way through the claims process so you know just what to expect.

Talk to a Shreveport nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer at Garcia & Artigliere now

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Shreveport elder abuse and elder neglect lawyers have obtained nearly 50 settlements and verdicts for $1 million dollars or more. We are respected by former clients, families, insurance companies, and lawyers for our thorough preparation, our negotiating skills, and our trial advocacy skills.

To schedule a free consultation, call us or complete our contact form now. Our lawyers represent nursing home residents in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. We also represent nursing home residents in Arizona, California, and Kentucky. We represent victims on a contingency fee basis.

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