Making the decision to send your loved one to live in a nursing home can be difficult. Whether it’s because of a traumatic injury or the effects of the aging process, you put your loved ones in the care of others in hopes that they will give them the around-the-clock attention they need.
When nursing home caretakers take advantage of that trust and engage in nursing home abuse, you can take action. By talking with an attorney, you’ve taken the first step in finding out if you’re eligible to file a nursing home injury claim.
Nursing Home Abuse Comes in Many Forms
Nursing home abuse can be extreme or subtle. An attorney is aware of this and knows what to investigate. Nursing home abuse can take the form of assault, battery or even rape. Improper use of restraint is another form of abuse. This occurs when nursing home staff either forcefully restrains a resident or chemically subdues them, such as with the use of unauthorized prescription drugs or dosages.
Nursing home abuse can also be emotionally devastating. Insults and threats are common but just as damaging is isolating or ignoring residents. Regardless of the form, nursing home abuse is extremely devastating to your loved one and can be life threatening.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
When you place your loved one in a nursing home and begin to notice that things seem a bit off when you arrive for visits, you may want to discuss your concerns with an attorney. Perhaps you’ve been denied visitation even during regular hours or maybe you’ve discussed your thoughts with the facility’s management, only to be met with a deaf ear.
These are some signs of nursing home abuse so you can know what to look for, including:
- sores or cuts;
- welts or bruises;
- broken bones;
- complaints of abuse;
- bloody or soiled bedding and clothing;
- hair loss;
- weight loss;
- fear; and
- unresponsive behavior.
After you’ve confirmed some of your loved one’s symptoms, an attorney can investigate your loved one’s charts, assess the facility’s ability to follow mandated policies and even interview other residents and their families, all in efforts to pinpoint liability for your loved one’s condition and validate your nursing home claim.
There are a number of factors that lead to nursing home abuse. One contributing factor is the low pay nursing home staff members often receive. Long hours and inadequate training can also contribute. Regardless of the reason, nursing home abuse is never acceptable and by working with an attorney, you may find filing a claim is in your loved one’s best interests.
Contacting an Attorney
When your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you can take action with a nursing home claim. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 1-866-806-4349.