While many people are familiar with child neglect as a form of abuse, there is considerably less media attention paid to nursing home neglect. This type of abuse is a sadly pervasive act committed against some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Nursing home neglect can lead to serious or even fatal injuries. If you believe your loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect, a attorney can help determine if you have a valid nursing home abuse claim.
Understanding Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect typically takes place over a period of time, from as little as a few days to several months or even years. Many times it is not immediately recognized, which can lead to long-term suffering. Even worse, the neglect is often purposefully kept hidden to protect the perpetrators, which means a detailed investigation is necessary to prove the extent and nature of the abuse. This can be a very difficult task for the victim or their advocates, as proving nursing home neglect is quite challenging.
Victims of nursing home neglect may experience a decline in both physical and mental health. Sadly, it is sometimes too late before family or friends recognize what has occurred. Injuries as a result of nursing home neglect may entitle you to file a nursing home abuse claim to pay for the victim’s medical and other expenses, such as therapy and pain and suffering.
Common Types of Nursing Home Neglect
There are several common types of nursing home neglect, including:
Neglect of basic needs – such as food, water and providing a safe environment. This can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and other serious injuries;
Neglect of personal hygiene – such as bathing and grooming, leading to the onset of illness or infections. This also includes helping the nursing home resident with oral hygiene and ensuring he or she is dressed in clean, comfortable clothing; and
Medical neglect – under- or over-medication, or withholding treatment for injury, leading to an overall decline in health. Such medical neglect can lead to a decline in the patient’s overall health.
Bed sores are a common injury resulting from neglect, specifically when patients are left to lie or sit in the same position for long periods of time.
If you believe your loved one has suffered nursing home neglect, consulting with a Honolulu nursing home attorney should be the next thing you.
Contacting an Attorney
After injuries from nursing home neglect, you should be able to spend your time focusing on your recovery–not dealing with insurance adjusters, never-ending paperwork and complicated legalese. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 1-866-806-4349.