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Compassionate St Louis Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Attorney Assisting Victims of Nursing Home Errors in Missouri

What should you do if you suspect your loved one is being abused?

When you entrust your loved one to a nursing home, you expect her or him to receive a high level of care and attention. Unfortunately, long-term care facilities do not always abide by their obligations to their residents. If you suspect nursing home abuse or negligence, do not delay in getting help.

The Guirl Law Firm was founded in 1999 to obtain justice for injured St. Louis residents. Our priority is taking the steps necessary to ensure that your family member is safe and receives immediate care. Drawing on his more than 25 years of litigation experience, our attorney then pursues your legal options to recover damages for the harm caused by the abusive and neglectful conditions.

Missouri laws that protect seniors in long-term care facilities

Missouri Revised Statutes RSMo §197, 198 and 660 govern long-term care facilities, adult day cares and eldercare hospital units. Under these laws, every nursing home resident has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to be given access to appropriate medical care and assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). Long-term care facilities that do not comply with the law should be penalized. Our lawyer works closely with the the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services that oversees long-term care facility licensure and regulations to stop abuse and shut down serious violators. In addition to helping your loved one, our goal is to protect the residents in all St. Louis nursing homes from living in unhealthy, unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

How to detect nursing home abuse

Seniors are often unable or unwilling to speak up about abuse and neglect. You can protect your family member by being the eyes and ears that detect inadequate or abusive care. Our lawyer acts as your loved one’s voice, advocating for her or his rights in the St. Louis courts. Contact the Guirl Law Firm if you witness any of these common signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Poor hygiene — Unkempt hair, soiled clothing, decaying teeth, dehydration and malnutrition are indications that your family member is not receiving necessary attention by the nursing home staff
  • Bedsores — If left untreated, pressure ulcers develop into a painful, life-threatening condition
  • Medical malpractice — Mistakes made by the long-term care facility’s nurses and doctors can result in medical malpractice
  • Untreated disease — Get medical and legal assistance for your loved one who was denied adequate treatment for a medical condition that a doctor failed to diagnose
  • Unexplained broken bones and bruises — Seniors are at increased risk of fractures and contusions, but these may be symptoms of abuse if the staff cannot clearly explain the event that caused these injuries
  • Use of restraints — Unreasonably retraining a patient to a bed or chair is prohibited by Missouri regulations and is a form of mental abuse

Contact us today to learn how our lawyer can protect your loved one from abuse by a St. Louis nursing home

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse, call the Guirl Law Firm on our 24-hour toll-free hotline 314-391-2585 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.


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