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Nursing Home Injuries

Nursing Home Injuries and/or Abuse:

Is Mom or Dad being abused?

Is Mom or Dad being neglected?


WARNING SIGNS to watch for:

  • Bed sores, sometimes called “pressure ulcers” or “decubitus ulcers” on the buttocks or feet.

  • Unexplained falls.

  • Unusual amount of dental work.

  • Unexplained bruises or abrasions on the patient’s face or body.

  • Unusual loss of appetite.

  • Rapid weight loss.

  • Unusual number of trips to the emergency room.

  • Missing or lost prescription pain medications.

  • Patient’s own complaints of abuse or assaults by staff members.

  • A shortage of staff on duty.

  • Filthy living conditions.

  • Patient’s personal hygiene appears neglected, e.g. dirty hands or face, bed linens not changed, odor of urine or feces in the room.

  • Broken bones.

  • Dehydration or malnourishment.

  • Agitation, withdrawal, or fear.


What should I do?


FIRST, bring your concerns to the Director of Nursing, both verbally and in writing.

SECOND, make your concerns known to the nurses having direct care responsibilities for your relative.

THIRD, attend all Care Conferences and make your concerns known to staff.

FOURTH, contact DSHS, Aging and Long Term Support Administration Residential Care Services (1-800-562-5078) and request a formal investigation.

FIFTH, let us help protect the rights of your family member.


Call our office at (425) 451-8333 as soon as you can.

But I don’t have any money to hire an attorney. What can I do?

Answer: We will evaluate your case with no charge to you. If we believe we can help you, we will represent you on a contingent fee basis. A contingent fee is one where we will charge you a percentage of what we recover for you, ONLY IF AND WHEN WE ARE SUCCESSFUL.


We have helped many families through the often traumatic and confusing aftermath of an injury to, or the death of a loved one in a nursing home or Adult Family Home setting. We know the law. We understand the grief and guilt which often accompany the loss of a loved one. Let us help you.



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