The best long-term care and nursing home injury attorneys
Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s Law Firm works with vetted, qualified Iowa lawyers and local attorneys from all across the state.
When necessary, we will find an appropriate allied nursing home neglect or long-term care injury attorney in rural Iowa or one of the following cities: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City, Waterloo, Ames, West Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Ankeny, and many others.
If nursing home neglect has caused an injury to you or a loved one, Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s Law Firm can evaluate your case and help you. We will work to put together a quality team to help you maximize your personal and financial recovery.
Benefits of working with Dr. Brad Bradshaw's Law Firm
Vetted nursing home and long-term care abuse lawyers
Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s Law Firm takes the guesswork out of finding a quality, successful Iowa nursing home and long-term care abuse injury lawyer by pairing you with appropriate legal counsel based on your case. We research, find and ally with nursing home and long-term care abuse injury trial lawyers who have proven success and knowledge in these cases, both in settlements and litigation. Then, we drill down deeper and find the right lawyer for the right location in Iowa, so you have a team highly focused on the needs of your case.
Experienced nursing home and long-term care abuse injury lawyers
As part of our vetting process, we look for nursing home and long-term care abuse injury lawyers who have handled these types of cases before. You want a legal team with winning expertise. Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s Law Firm is committed to pairing your case with attorneys that have the experience necessary to maximize your financial recovery.
Success builds credibility, and credibility breeds more success. Insurance companies track the results of Iowa attorneys, garnering more respect and often awarding larger settlements to attorneys with records of proven success. We keep track of these records too, so we can pair you with an appropriate allied attorney and a legal team designed to maximize your financial compensation.
With Dr. Brad Bradshaw and his allied attorneys, you will have a team that is here for you 24/7. We answer our phones at all hours. We will do everything we can to keep your case moving forward as expeditiously as possible, and be available to answer your questions day and night.
Our long-term care and nursing home injury law process
In Iowa, long-term care facility abuse and neglect can come in many different forms and may go unnoticed by family, friends, and other staff alike. If you suspect neglect, abuse, or injury in a long-term care or nursing home facility, your testimony may be significant in legal action.
To prove neglect, you need a highly skilled lawyer with a track record of winning settlements and verdicts; the legal team you have may determine whether your case has a favorable outcome. Understanding nursing home abuse requires a knowledge of both medicine and unique Iowa laws. Dr. Bradshaw has the specialized medical training to understand injuries fully, and is also an experienced trial lawyer who can take the guesswork out of finding quality legal representation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the common signs of neglect?
Some of the most common signs of neglect in long-term care or nursing home patients include:
- Bed injuries/asphyxiation
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Emotionally upset or agitated, withdrawn and non-communicative
- Any incident involving broken bones, especially a fractured hip
- Head injuries
- Instances of wandering/elopement
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain; signs of malnutrition
- Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
- Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident
- Unexplained injuries such as wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts in various stages of healing
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
- Unusual or sudden changes in behavior (fear of being touched, sucking, biting, rocking)
- Wanting to be isolated from others
- Injuries requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization
- Any injury or death occurring during or shortly after an episode of wandering (including outside the facility)
- Heavy medication or sedation
- One resident injures another resident
- Resident is frequently ill, and the illnesses are not promptly reported to the physician and family
What are the different types of elderly abuse?
Elder abuse can range from taking advantage of an older person to physically abusing or neglecting them. The most common types of elder abuse include:
- Physical abuse – hitting, pushing, or sexual abuse
- Mental abuse – creating mental anguish, intimidating, or threatening
- Financial scams – using the resources of an older adult without their consent and for an individual’s benefit
- Neglect – failing to take physical care of an older person, often resulting in physical problems, lack of respect for existing medical issues, or prolonged and continual deprivation of food or water
How often does nursing home abuse happen in Iowa?
In any given year, 1 in 10 individuals 60 years or older will experience nursing home abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. That is 10% of individuals over 60 who will experience physical, mental, or financial abuse or neglect. If you or a loved one may be suffering, contact Dr. Brad Bradshaw today for expert legal representation.
More context in Iowa long-term care and nursing home injury law
In Iowa, 1 in 10 individuals 60 years and older will experience nursing home abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Unfortunately, since becoming nationally recognized as a problem by the U.S. National Research Council in 1970, elder abuse has only increased. To combat the devastating effects of elder abuse in long-term care and nursing home facilities, you need an experienced legal representative on your side.
More often than not, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are a family’s only option for providing their loved one with round-the-clock care. Families put their trust in these facilities to show their loved ones exceptional, specialty care. Unfortunately, not every family member receives the care they deserve, and some become the victims of neglect.
Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s Law Firm is dedicated to helping victims of abuse and their family members receive the financial compensation they deserve. We believe in holding medical providers accountable to the professional standards they vowed to uphold.
The Code of Federal Regulations states all residents have “the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion,” (CFR 483.13). When nursing home staff disregards such standards, elderly members of our community suffer, and so do their loved ones. Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s allied attorneys understand your frustration, and work diligently to hold nursing homes and staff accountable, bringing justice to you and your families.
If you believe that you or your loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, we can start investigating your claim now and provide you with legal recourse. Dr. Brad Bradshaw, surgeon, physician, and attorney, has the special knowledge and skill required to read medical records, pinpoint exactly where and when the abuse and resulting injuries occurred, and defend them in a court of law.
Additionally, all of Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s allied lawyers have experience in nursing home abuse cases. Working individually and in association with other attorneys, we have successfully resolved neglect cases, such as medication errors, financial abuse, and both physical and emotional abuse.
There is no cost for an initial consultation, and all calls and questions are confidential. Below is a list of the cases we are currently investigating; if you’re injured by any of the following drugs or devices, contact our office.There are state and federal laws in place to protect individuals from nursing home abuse, so it is crucial to hire an attorney who understands these specific regulations. The Nursing Home Reform Act (1987) states that all long-term care and nursing home facilities must:
- Review the individual’s needs and health status
- Create a plan for each resident’s specific needs
- Understand a resident’s activity level and change activities that fit the individual
- Keep residents as healthy as possible
- Create and maintain adequate and accessible medical records
- Have the correct amount of staffing to meet individuals’ needs
- Ensure that each resident has proper nutrition, hygiene, and hydration
- Take proactive cautions to prevent falls
Dr. Brad Bradshaw’s Law Firm ensures success not only through our network of allied attorneys, but through access to expert medical witnesses and independent medical examiners when needed. Although most cases settle out of court, with the help of local counsel, we are dedicated to justice for our clients.
Along with receiving financial compensation, it is essential to report any elder abuse to the correct agency. By reporting the incident, you can hold the nursing home and the abusers accountable for their misconduct, and also ensure that the same abuse does not happen to other families. In Iowa, you can report abuse to Adult Protective Services (APS).