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A nursing home, long-term care facility, or convalescent home could be held legally liable if your loved one sustained an injury or died because of abuse, neglect, or an inexcusable mistake. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s injury, our firm could pursue a medical malpractice claim or file a personal injury lawsuit.

If you believe that an elderly family member or loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you should immediately contact the police and Adult Protective Services. After that, you should call our experienced Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers. We will evaluate and investigate your claim to determine if the facility or its staff violated the law. By gathering evidence, we will work to build a case to file in the appropriate court. In some situations, a civil case could be coupled with criminal charges against the staff or administration of the nursing home.

Nursing home cases are challenging, complicated, and emotionally draining. At Wruck Paupore, we sympathize with the plight of family members and their victimized loved ones. Our firm is committed to holding those who violate the trust placed in them accountable for their actions. Call (219) 322-1166 to review your case and legal options.

Protecting The Rights of Your Elderly Loved One in Indiana

Your elderly family members deserve respect and proper care if they live in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Unfortunately, not every nursing home lives up to these acceptable standards. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers handle various elderly abuse and nursing home neglect cases. If you think your family member is a victim of nursing home abuse, contact our office immediately.

Federal Laws

The federal Nursing Home Reform Act provides guidelines of care and a patient’s bill of rights for residents of nursing homes. For example, under the provisions in this act, nursing home residents should be treated with respect and consideration. Furthermore, they should not be subjected to corporal punishment, mental or physical abuse, involuntary seclusions, or similar hardships. Under the bill of rights, residents have a legal right to respect, dignity, privacy, and freedom.

When an Indiana nursing home or long-term care facility fails to respect or acknowledge a resident’s rights, it could be devastating for them and their family members. Some victims of nursing home abuse perish because of the treatment they receive. Families of elderly residents who have died because of neglect or abuse have the right to file a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims in Indiana are complicated. If your family member died because of neglect or abuse on the part of their long-term care facility, you need an attorney with the skill, resources, and knowledge to hold the nursing home accountable. Our Indian wrongful death attorneys handle nursing home death cases with compassion and professionalism.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse in Indiana

Many people who reside in nursing homes require round-the-clock care. The mental and physical state of these individuals could continue to deteriorate under the best possible case. Therefore, it is often difficult to distinguish signs of abuse and neglect from the natural decline associated with aging.

Furthermore, many victims of nursing home abuse are unaware of the abuse, afraid to report it, or are physically incapable of informing their family members. Therefore, in many cases, the responsibility of recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse rests on the shoulders of their younger family members or loved ones.

While many signs will be kept behind closed doors, there are some common indications of abuse. For example, your loved one could have physical injuries, including bruises, cuts, broken bones, bedsores, or other unexplained injuries that point to abuse. Some residents might be emotionally and mentally withdrawn, not engaging with you when you visit. You know your loved one best; a dramatic personality change could be evidence of abuse.

The state of the facility could be a sign of neglect. Dirty clothes, linens, blankets, or spaces could mean that the staff is not properly cleaning the nursing home or your loved one.

Nursing home abuse is more than physical and mental. Some staff members take advantage of residents, using them to transfer funds from their bank accounts or purchase things with their credit cards. If you detect a change in your loved one’s finances or if they are reluctant to discuss their economic situation, it could be a sign that they are a victim of financial abuse.

Sometimes abuse comes from a fellow resident. Contact our Indianapolis nursing home abuse lawyers if you believe something is out of the ordinary.

Indiana Laws and Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuits

Under Indiana state law, the Adult Protective Services Act protects elderly nursing home residents. The law outlines reporting procedures when a nursing home resident is suspected of being a victim of abuse, exploitation, or neglect. Nursing home workers have authority under the act to submit a report to state authorities if they believe a resident’s welfare or health is endangered.

Family members and other caregivers have the right to report any suspected or observed abuse via a hotline. If you suspect your loved one is being abused, contact Adult Protect Services as soon as possible. Additionally, our Hammond, IN nursing home abuse attorneys could help you protect your loved one utilizing all available options under the laws, including filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact Our Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys if You Suspect Your Loved One is Being Mistreated

One of the first steps you should take if you believe your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse is calling our experienced Fort Wayne personal injury lawyers. You need a firm that is knowledgeable in handling complicated nursing home cases. At Wruck Paupore, we have the attorneys, staff, resources, and access to experts to investigate your claim. Call (219) 322-1166 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your case.

Proven Results

$875,000

Nursing Home Abuse

Woman suffering physical and emotional abuse at nursing home.

$25,000,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Client injured in auto accident after driver ran stop sign.

$940,000

Post-Concussion Disorder

Women rear-ended while stopped at red light

$1,250,000

Medical Malpractice

Patient suffering nerve damage following hip operation.

$12,000,000

Semi-truck Accident

Woman suffering a traumatic brain injury following semi-truck accident.

$10,500,000

Slip and Fall

Woman suffering severe hip and ankle fracture after falling on defective step.

$797,000

Post-Concussion Disorder

Man suffered headaches and other post-concussion symptoms from vehicle crash.

$1,750,000

Semi-Truck Accident

Woman suffering post-concussion syndrome after vehicle rear-ended by tractor trailer.

$7,250,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Man physically assaulted at his workplace.

$945,000

Auto Accident

Woman suffered from an ankle fracture after a truck turned in front of her vehicle.

$1,525,000

Auto Accident

Man suffered back injury after head-on collision.

***Every case is unique and your results will differ. Contact us for a free case review of your circumstance.

"A great experience from beginning to settlement. Handled our case from start to finish. Explained every step and communicated very well."
– William H.
"Don did a great job on my case! Staff was amazing! Kept me in the loop the entire time. I highly recommend!!!!"
– Dana L.
"Wruck Paupore did more than they promised and did all of the work. I was worried about bills and dealing with insurance people. They did everything while I recovered. They were not concerned about earning money but about helping me and my husband."
– Edithe P.
"It was awesome watching Donald Wruck at work during mediation. He really fights for his clients."
– Lisa L.
"Great results in our auto accident case. Everyone was very helpful and I got a fantastic result. All my bills are paid and I can move on with my life."
– Trisha L.
"Wruck Paupore was fantastic. I was informed every step of the way, they did all of the work, and I got my case settled."
– Idell J.
"Exceptional team. They took on my case and made sure that I was consulted on every issue. If it wasn’t for the caring staff and my legal team I don’t know what I would have done. Everyone did an awesome job thanks so much for your help."
– Rhonda M.
"Attorney Wruck did an amazing job in settling my personal injury case. His knowledge and experience specific to semi-truck accidents made all of the difference in the outcome of my case; the settlement exceeded my expectations!"
– James M.
"I can’t say enough about Don Wruck and the staff at Wruck Paupore PC Law Offices. When we were in our accident we were already very shaken and confused and in pain. Don and his staff took over with a gentle hand and took care of everything."
– James H
"We are so thankful with how the lawyers and staff handled our case. The folks at Wruck and Paupore were always pleasant and helpful in all their phone calls and letters. It was always a pleasure to get their calls. We were especially pleased with their tenacious pursuit of the goal of full recovery which was far greater than we could have imagined."
– Jay Zoellner
"A great experience from beginning to settlement."
– William R.
"From start to finish, Wruck Paupore PC Law were the best! Knowledgeable and straightforward, they explained the process, start to finish, and gave guidance while allowing us to determine the best course of action to take. We would highly recommend them and would certainly use them again."
– Chris V.
"My case wasn’t very large, but they made it easy to recover damages when the insurance company didn’t even want to cover basic costs. The firm was responsive to my inquiries, and very clear about what was required and what could be expected, during every step of the process."
– Wayne M.
"Attorney Wruck did an amazing job in settling my personal injury case. His knowledge and experience specific to semi truck accidents made all of the difference in the outcome of my case; the settlement exceeded my expectations! The staff at his firm was helpful, responsive and caring during a difficult time following a life-altering experience. I highly recommend Attorney Wruck and his firm."
– J B
"After being involved in a car accident, I was very fortunate to work with Don Wruck. He explained everything to me and my family and made me feel involved in all decisions. I was very happy with the result of my case and happy to have found this firm!"
– Kayla D.
"Wruck Paupore didn’t just represent me. They truly understood my case, but also what I lost. They simply refused to quit. Professional, accessible, informative, transparent, immensely qualified and completely honest. I basically trusted this firm with my future. One decision I’ll never regret. There’s a certain peace of mind you feel when professionals of this level have your back."
– Pat D.

Your Legal Team

Your Legal Team


Top-Rated Litigator.
Helping injury victims move forward.

Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.

More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.

Understanding the Insurance Company:
Getting Results.

In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.

Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.

More than 40 Years of Experience.
Still Fighting for Justice.

For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.

Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.

Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.

Proven Results


$25,000,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Client injured in auto accident after driver ran stop sign.

$1,250,000

Medical Malpractice

Patient suffering nerve damage following hip operation.

$10,500,000

Slip and Fall

Woman suffering severe hip and ankle fracture after falling on defective step.

$1,750,000

Semi-Truck Accident

Woman suffering post-concussion syndrome after vehicle rear-ended by tractor trailer.

$940,000

Post-Concussion Disorder

Women rear-ended while stopped at red light

$12,000,000

Semi-truck Accident

Woman suffering a traumatic brain injury following semi-truck accident.

$797,000

Post-Concussion Disorder

Man suffered headaches and other post-concussion symptoms from vehicle crash.

$7,250,000

Traumatic Brain Injury

Man physically assaulted at his workplace.

***Every case is unique and your results will differ. Contact us for a free case review of your circumstance.

Real Client Testimonials


"A great experience from beginning to settlement. Handled our case from start to finish. Explained every step and communicated very well."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

William H.

"Don did a great job on my case! Staff was amazing! Kept me in the loop the entire time. I highly recommend!!!!"

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Dana L.

"Wruck Paupore did more than they promised and did all of the work. I was worried about bills and dealing with insurance people. They did everything while I recovered. They were not concerned about earning money but about helping me and my husband."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Edithe P.

"It was awesome watching Donald Wruck at work during mediation. He really fights for his clients."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Lisa L.

"Great results in our auto accident case. Everyone was very helpful and I got a fantastic result. All my bills are paid and I can move on with my life."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Trisha L.

"Wruck Paupore was fantastic. I was informed every step of the way, they did all of the work, and I got my case settled."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Idell J.

"Exceptional team. They took on my case and made sure that I was consulted on every issue. If it wasn’t for the caring staff and my legal team I don’t know what I would have done. Everyone did an awesome job thanks so much for your help."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Rhonda M.

"Attorney Wruck did an amazing job in settling my personal injury case. His knowledge and experience specific to semi-truck accidents made all of the difference in the outcome of my case; the settlement exceeded my expectations!"

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

James M.

"I can’t say enough about Don Wruck and the staff at Wruck Paupore PC Law Offices. When we were in our accident we were already very shaken and confused and in pain. Don and his staff took over with a gentle hand and took care of everything."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

James H.

"We are so thankful with how the lawyers and staff handled our case. The folks at Wruck and Paupore were always pleasant and helpful in all their phone calls and letters. It was always a pleasure to get their calls. We were especially pleased with their tenacious pursuit of the goal of full recovery which was far greater than we could have imagined."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Jay Zoellner

"A great experience from beginning to settlement."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

William R.

"From start to finish, Wruck Paupore PC Law were the best! Knowledgeable and straightforward, they explained the process, start to finish, and gave guidance while allowing us to determine the best course of action to take. We would highly recommend them and would certainly use them again."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Chris V.

"My case wasn’t very large, but they made it easy to recover damages when the insurance company didn’t even want to cover basic costs. The firm was responsive to my inquiries, and very clear about what was required and what could be expected, during every step of the process."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Wayne M.

"Attorney Wruck did an amazing job in settling my personal injury case. His knowledge and experience specific to semi truck accidents made all of the difference in the outcome of my case; the settlement exceeded my expectations! The staff at his firm was helpful, responsive and caring during a difficult time following a life-altering experience. I highly recommend Attorney Wruck and his firm."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

J B

"After being involved in a car accident, I was very fortunate to work with Don Wruck. He explained everything to me and my family and made me feel involved in all decisions. I was very happy with the result of my case and happy to have found this firm!"

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Kayla D.

"Wruck Paupore didn’t just represent me. They truly understood my case, but also what I lost. They simply refused to quit. Professional, accessible, informative, transparent, immensely qualified and completely honest. I basically trusted this firm with my future. One decision I’ll never regret. There’s a certain peace of mind you feel when professionals of this level have your back."

Satisfied Wruck Paupore Client

Pat D.