Nursing Home Abuse Law

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Don't Let Your Loved Ones Be Victims of Nursing Home and Elderly Abuse

Alaska Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Nothing is more painful and devastating than seeing your family member in pain. You want your loved one to be perfectly healthy and happy. For this, you rely upon the nursing home so that they get the proper care, respect, and treatment. By keeping them in nursing homes you want your loved one to feel safe and secure. There are many situations where you will find cases of abuse and negligence in these nursing homes. Your loved ones do not get the care that they deserve and this is unacceptable. When an individual is under care he is already in a state of danger and negligence in such a situation can be devastating and life-ending. 

You must be wondering what to do in such a case? Do not worry we are here to help you. At TrialGuy, we completely understand your situation and are there to listen to you and help you.

Contact us at 907-262-9164, our experienced attorney, Eric Derleth in Anchorage, Alaska, Soldotna, Denali, Kenai today, to learn more about how we can help you. 

Rights of nursing home patients in Alaska

Section 7 AAC 12.890 states the rights of the patients, clients, and nursing facility residents. It mentions that patients have the legal right against any kind of abuse or negligence faced by them in the nursing home. The following rights are:-

  • You have a right to a safe and sound environment that is free from screaming, shouting.
  • The nursing home should be clean and hygienic for the proper healing of the patient.
  • You have a right to access communication lines
  • You have the right to know about the procedure and other protocols of the nursing home.
  • You have the right to privacy 
  • You have the right to meet your loved ones with full privacy

Types of abuse and negligence that occur in Nursing homes

Various kinds of negligence or abuse that can happen in nursing homes are:

  • Indecent hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Feeding the patient forcefully.
  • If you are not given appropriate care and attention.
  • If the environment is unsafe for the patient
  • Any form of physical abuse
  • Lack of proper measures for the treatment. 
  • If you or your family members are being financially exploited by the nursing homes.
  • Extra use of medication 
  • Unnecessarily restricting the patient from meeting their loved ones.
  • Emotional stress and anger
  • Shouting, insulting, or shaming the patients. 

You are entitled to compensation

Watching your family member and loved one in pain is hard. Neglect and abuse in nursing homes can be a serious affair it might even result in death. Going through such a situation can be painful. Do not worry, if you or your loved one has been harmed because of the neglect and abuse on part of the nursing home you have the right to compensation.  Our lawyers are there for you in such a time and will help you in getting what you deserve. We have dealt with these cases and have a good understanding of the same. 

We have an experienced team of lawyers who will listen and analyze the fact. We will help you in getting compensation awards for your damages which will cover the expenses. Some of the awards are:

  • Expenses of medical treatment
  • Loss of life 
  • Mental trauma or emotional distress
  • Suffering and pain
  • Property destruction or theft 
  • Loss of funds
  • Physical Disfigurement  
  • Physical disability

If you lost your loved one because of the nursing home negligence we extend our sympathy and will help you in moving on with your life. As the closest family member, child or wife you are entitled to:

  • Expenses of funeral
  • Medical debts
  • Emotional loss 
  • Loss of parents or companion

Statute of limitation for injury-related lawsuits and death related lawsuits

Our lawyers are well conversed with Alaskan laws and will help you in filing your case within the statutory restriction. We will help you in collecting evidence against the nursing home. We will look into every record, aspect, and detail of abuse and negligence. We make a report of the entire case and then file your case. 

According to Alaskan laws, you have two years to file the suit for compensation in court for injury (Alaska Stat. §09.10.070) and death-related (Alaska Stat. §09.55.580)lawsuits. The time restriction starts from the date when the injury occurs. After two years you will not be able to file the complaint. 

Signs of abuse and negligence

There are cases when one is not able to comprehend whether the abuse has happened or not. In these cases, it will be difficult to report or file a case. Some signs that help comprehend the abuse are as follows:

  • Cases of malnutrition and dehydration.
  • If the nursing home does not allow you or your family members to meet each other.
  • If there are patterns or marks of bruises, an unexplainable injury.
  • If the patient is scared and traumatized. 
  • Unexpected financial changes and alterations.
  • Loss of possession or personal belongings. 

If any of these signs are there you need to report them immediately to the higher authorities. You should also consult lawyers who have experience and a good understanding of these matters. You can contact us for a free consultation and legal guidance. We at TrialGuy will help you in every step and ensure that we are fully dedicated and committed. 

Get your free and confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer.

If you or your loved one suspects abuse in a nursing home, you may think of what you can do next to hold the staff and facility accountable. We know that it can be an angering time when you came to know that your loved one has been mistreated. 

In order to hold the facility accountable, filing a claim is the first step. By doing so, you will obtain justice for your family member and force the nursing home to hold their management and staff to a higher standard.

Therefore, if you or your loved one have been injured or you have lost your loved one, you can contact TrialGuy at 907-262-9164 to speak to our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers. Our customer service is available 24/7. We are proud to serve all of Alaska, Anchorage, Soldotna, Denali, Kenai.


With Alaska in his blood, for 25 years, the "Trial Guy," Eric Derleth has helped the people in Anchorage, Kenai, and Palmer / Wasilla areas as a personal injury and criminal lawyer. Born and raised in Soldotna, Eric truly understands Alaska’s laws, the people, and the true nature of Alaska. The Trial Guy was raised in a log cabin in Alaska with a belief in America, and a belief in strong individual liberty guaranteed by our Constitution and was raised to fight for the rights of all of Alaska. Eric has expanded his criminal defense and auto accident injury lawyers practice near you, with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIC