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Nursing home staff members plead guilty to misconduct

At least two nursing home caretakers in Oklahoma recently pleaded guilty to several offenses that involved fraud and the abuse of a nursing home resident, News On 6 reported on June 21.

Reports said Marcia Nicole Alaniz, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting a nursing home resident who suffered from a developmental disability. Alaniz also admitted to verbal abuse and harassment allegations. On the other hand, Christina Deann Whalen, 42, plead guilty to faking prescriptions of hydrocodone drugs. Whalen allegedly seized more than 5,000 doses of the controlled substance since 2011. The guilty pleas of the two nursing home staff members were announced on June 19.

In this difficult situation that you believed your elderly loved one is being abused inside a nursing home facility, enlisting a skilled lawyer is critical to getting the treatment funds your loved one needs. Get in touch with the Oklahoma lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 to begin taking legal action against abusive parties.

Abuse also inflicted by nursing home residents

A recent study revealed that many elderly residents in nursing homes are being abused by fellow residents, New America Media reported on November 20.

The study revealed that one in every five residents is abused not at the hands of staff members, but at the hands of fellow residents. Researchers studied thousands of cases in 10 nursing home facilities. Lead author Professor Karl Pillemer stated that much of the staff was not aware of the abuse taking place. Many in the study suffered injuries like bruises, lacerations, and fractures, Pillemer also said.

Unfortunately, elderly residents also may suffer injuries in nursing home facilities due to staff negligence. If this has happened to you or your loved one, a skilled lawyer may be able to work for you to pursue compensation from the responsible party. Find out how the Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorneys of the Abel Law Firm can help you today by calling 405-239-7046.

Advocacy group pushes for protection of nursing home residents

An advocacy group has brought its fight to protect those inside Oklahoma nursing homes to the governor’s office, KFOR reports.

A Perfect Cause, an organization that aims to end needless suffering in nursing homes, went to Governor Mary Fallin’s office to tell of some of the abuse senior citizens inside Oklahoma nursing home experience. Families of victims showcased gruesome pictures of their abused loved ones.

The group is trying to get Gov. Fallin to take extra measures in preventing elders from being abused in nursing homes. The group blames state agencies but says that the governor’s office is the most responsible.

A Perfect Cause is also planning on taking their issue to the federal government, specifically seeking increased accountability and oversight in nursing homes so that the abuse that seems so prevalent can be put to an end.

Victims of nursing home abuse often defenselessly suffer emotional and physical trauma. Our experienced team of attorneys at the Abel Law Firm can come to the defense of victims of this senseless crime. Find out how we may be able to help by calling 405-239-7046.

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