Surveys show that millions of elderly Americans live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Naturally, the residents of these homes expect to be kept safe from harm, and cared for properly. However, the sad truth is that many of these establishments are understaffed, and to make things worse, they often employ disgruntled or improperly trained attendants that are not able to properly take care of residents.
Some of these staff members might get impatient very easily when dealing with physically or mentally frail residents, and might even choose to take advantage of the dominance they have over the elderly inmates. Contrary to what many people believe, nursing home abuse is not restricted to just physical abuse. Anything that is mentally or emotionally harmful to a resident is considered abuse as well. Additionally, negligence is a prominent issue as well in many nursing homes. When staff members are overworked, they may make mistakes or forget to complete tasks that ultimately have a negative effect on your loved one.
How Can I Tell If My Loved One Is A Victim Of Nursing Home Abuse?
There are numerous signs of nursing home abuse that you need to be aware of. Remember that just one sign need not indicate neglect or abuse. However, if there is a combination if these signs, you have reason to worry.
- Physical injuries such as broken bones, abrasions and bruises.
- Signs of sexual abuse such as bruising around the genital area or breasts.
- Unusual weight loss, bed sores and other signs of unattended medical needs.
- Emotional withdrawal, depression and lack of interest in normal activities.
- Unexplained financial problems.
- Unexpected medical emergencies, etc.
Thousands of nursing home abuse cases are reported all over the country each year, and it is suspected that thousands more remain unreported. There are numerous legal ways in which you can handle abuse or neglect of a loved one in a nursing home. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney can not only maximize the damages awarded to your loved one, but also make sure that others don’t suffer the same trauma that was experienced at a particular nursing home.
How Can A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Help?
If you feel that your loved one is being abused in the nursing home, you should contact an elder abuse lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will contact the administrators of the establishment and ask that they conduct an investigation into the matter, and may also contact the state ombudsman and ask for an investigation into the facility and your claims.
Even if you have done a lot of research and selected the best possible nursing home for your loved one, preventing abuse can be difficult since it is impossible to be in control of every aspect of your loved one’s care. Visit them as often as you can to spot signs of nursing home abuse or neglect as soon as possible.
If your loved one has been harmed in a nursing home, an experienced lawyer can help hold the facility accountable for their actions and neglect. At the Law Office of Carl L. Brown, we are ready to assist you. Call today to discuss your case.