Approximately two million cases of elder abuse are reported every year in the U.S., and many cases involve adult care homes and nursing facilities.
An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer can help families secure compensation for recovery and help reduce incident rates in North Carolina.
At the DeMayo Law Offices, we’re prepared to handle the unique challenges of an elder abuse case, which includes aiding family members through the litigation process.
Important Information for Family & Friends
There are two distinct types of care facilities protected under state statute: adult care homes (also called assisted living facilities) and nursing facilities.
Friends and family must be vigilant in detecting signs of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as many victims may not possess the ability to speak out against their abuser.
Furthermore, North Carolina law requires reporting when ANYONE suspects an older or disabled adult is being abused, neglected or exploited. The reporter’s name is kept confidential and they’re protected from civil and criminal liability if they reported in good faith.
Adults care homes – Contact the victim’s county Department of Social Services for suspected abuse.
Nursing facilities – Contact the Division of Health Services Regulation to file a complaint.
If you or your loved one pursues legal action, records and documentation of losses will be critical to the case. Keep important documents, take pictures, and track any monetary expenses related to the injury or suffering.
Compensation for Nursing Home Negligence
Elder abuse or neglect can result in economic losses as well as noneconomic related suffering.
Compensation for nursing home abuse or neglect can include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death
When the DeMayo Law Offices take a case, we dedicate our time and resources to:
- Examining the claim and obtaining evidence such as medical records, witness testimony, resident files, photos of the injuries and living conditions
- Speaking with staff to inform them of the situation and ensuring all parties involved cooperate in the investigation
- Pursuing the maximum compensation your loved one deserves
Elder Abuse in North Carolina
According to North Carolina’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, 3,769 complaints were received in 2016 involving adult care homes and nursing facilities.
Unfortunately, elder care staff are often overworked or untrained employees that are ill-prepared to manage patients with diverse medical needs.
North Carolina’s senior population is on the rise. It’s estimated that by 2035, one in five residents will be age 65 or older.
Since nursing home abuse and neglect has increased, a bill of rights has been established to protect the rights of nursing home residents and to ensure regulations are maintained correctly.
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem that can lead to death in some cases. The Charlotte-based lawyers at the DeMayo Law Offices are dedicated to helping families who find themselves and their loved ones in this difficult situation.
Our experienced nursing home negligence lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we win your case.