Phoenix Nursing Home Financial Abuse Lawyers AZ
Protecting victims of financial abuse in Arizona nursing homes
When nursing homes agree to care for our loved ones, you should be able to trust the facility and staff to protect your family member from every kind of abuse, including financial. All too often, vulnerable members of our society fall prey to the unscrupulous practices of individuals and organizations with unlawful schemes to separate them from their financial resources. Unfortunately, this commonly occurs within a nursing home environment.
The highly skilled Phoenix nursing home abuse lawyers of Plattner Verderame, P.C. hold nursing homes responsible when their staff’s actions or negligence causes financial harm to a resident. We have the knowledge and resources to conduct a comprehensive investigation and secure high-value compensation. You may be tempted to chalk these financial losses up to lessons learned, but nursing homes owe a duty to your loved one, and we are here to help you hold them accountable when they breach that duty.
Understanding the tactics used by dishonest nursing homes
Many people fail to see financial theft as a form of nursing home abuse, but this assumption cannot be farther from the truth. The responsibility of a nursing home is to care for the patient, and that includes the reasonable protection of their financial well-being. Our experienced Phoenix nursing home financial abuse lawyers have helped numerous families cope with the challenges of these appalling intrusions. We have assisted with the following types of financial abuse cases:
- Facility abuses. Contracting for the provision of nursing home care generally requires the provision of substantial financial documentation. You may have to provide banking records and proof of assets. In some instances, nursing home facilities even assume power of attorney responsibilities over the resident’s affairs. Under these circumstances, financial abuses may occur in the form of unjustified bank transfers or withdrawals. Property title changes and the unexplained transfer of other possessions are also signs of possible financial abuse.
- Staff thefts. Financial theft sometimes occurs at the hands of staff members. The close care that they provide residents can provide them with access to private financial information, like bank statements, credit card numbers and even social security numbers. Dishonest staff members may use this information to open accounts in the resident’s name or to access funds from the resident’s account. These individuals may also work to gain the resident’s trust for the purpose of manipulating them into financial favors. When these abuses occur, the nursing home may be just as liable as the staff member for providing inadequate supervision or failing to follow reasonable hiring practices.
- Loss of personal items. Another form of financial abuse involves the theft of personal items from the possession of the resident. You may notice that pieces of jewelry or other belongings are missing during your visit. As with other forms of abuse perpetrated by staff members, the nursing home may hold some liability for these incidents.
Our attorneys are especially disturbed by the mistreatment of elders by the facilities that are paid to provide care for them. We understand the love that you have for your family members and how difficult the decision to seek nursing home care can be for you. When these facilities betray your trust and cause injury to your loved one, we work hard to hold them accountable.
Our successful nursing home financial injury cases have not only resulted in the reimbursement of losses, but we have also been able to secure punitive damages, which is additional compensation ordered by the court for the purpose of punishing the nursing home for its improper actions. Let us put our skills and knowledge to work for you.
Holding nursing homes accountable for poor hiring practices
An important aspect of preventing a nursing home from financially abusing your loved one is close monitoring. Pay attention to your family member's assets and financial accounts for any suspicious activity. If something does not look right, don’t hesitate to contact the nursing home for an explanation. If a reasonable one is not provided, contact the Arizona Department of Health Services through their online complaint form. Then call a knowledgeable Phoenix nursing home attorney.
Comprehensive legal guidance from Phoenix financial abuse lawyers
At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we take nursing home injury cases on a contingency basis, so there’s no need to worry about up-front legal costs. When a nursing home or its staff takes financial advantage of your loved one, our skilled Phoenix nursing home injury attorneys provide you with honest legal representation. Call us today at 602-266-2002, or complete our convenient online contact form to schedule a consultation.