For many families, nursing homes provide the care and support that they are no longer able to provide their older loved ones. Nursing homes are supposed to be places that care for and aid older individuals. Unfortunately, nursing homes can also be the source of negligence and abuse.
There are many causes of nursing home negligence and abuse, such as over-crowded facilities, untrained employees or over-worked staff. No matter what the reason is, nursing home abuse and negligence is wrong and should never be tolerated.
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If you or a loved one is a resident of a nursing home, it is important that you are aware of some common forms of nursing home abuse and negligence, as well as what injuries commonly result from nursing home negligence or abuse.
Here are some of the telltale signs of nursing home abuse and negligence that should always be watched for:
- Sudden Weight Loss - Nursing home residents are sometimes kept on strict diets to ensure their health. Other residents are unable to feed themselves and require assistance. If residents experience sudden weight loss, it may be a sign of nursing home neglect because they are not receiving the food they need.
- Bruises, Cuts, Scrapes, Burns, Broken Bones - All of these injuries can be signs of physical abuse.
- Change in Behavior - If your loved one is more withdrawn or uncommunicative than usual, it may be a sign that they are suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect.
- Bedsores - Although bedsores can be found on residents in some nursing homes, they are frequently signs of nursing home negligence. This is particularly true if the bedsores (also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers) develop in the nursing home or if they persist or worsen while the resident is in the nursing home.
- Falls - Nursing home residents should be evaluated and under constant supervision to help prevent falls. If your loved one has fallen and suffered an injury, it is often a sign of nursing home neglect.
Nursing home negligence is not just limited to physical abuse or neglect. You may be able to file a claim against a nursing home for sexual abuse, emotional abuse, abandonment, or financial exploitation.
If you believe that your loved one is being neglected or abused at their nursing home, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer at Hardesty, Tyde, Greene, & Ashton, P.A. We will investigate and evaluate your nursing home abuse claim for free and will represent you on a contingent fee basis. This means you will owe us no fee unless we make a recovery for you.
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