Nursing Home Abuse
As we get older, many of us may unfortunately lose the ability to take care of ourselves, and our families may try to take care of us. However, families may not be able to offer the level of care we need. That is why many families trust that their loved ones will be well taken care of in a nursing home facility. Sadly, the level of care received in nursing home facilities may not always be the level of care that was promised or assured at the time you turned over the day to day care of a loved one. There are reports of nursing home abuse and neglect in nursing homes around the country each day. If you feel that your loved one may be a victim of this abuse, you may be able to file legal action to see that it is stopped.What are Some Signs that Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect may Have Occurred?
Some signs that abuse or neglect may have occurred are obvious, such as unexplained bruising, severe weight loss, bedsores and clear physical injuries. However, other forms of abuse or neglect are harder to detect. This is why it is important to consult with a caring and experienced nursing home abuse attorney at The Higgins Firm to help you determine if you have a case to file a claim or lawsuit.
Some signs of nursing home abuse or neglect may be but are not limited to:
- Pressure sores or bed sores
- Unexplained cuts, falls, open wounds, and bruising
- Abuse of personal property (i.e. items being torn, broken, or missing)
- Marks, cuts or bruises that imply use of physical restraints
- Severe weight loss and or dehydration suddenly occurring
- Unusual changes in skin color and complexion
- Urinary tract infections and bowel impaction
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Delays in doctor visits or other care
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention for your loved ones right away. Then, make sure to gather any documentation or evidence that you may have of the possible abuse or neglect. Next, contact one of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at The Higgins Firm for a free consultation. We will be able to talk with you and determine what your options are about filing a claim.
Preventing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Obviously, you cannot be with your loved one every minute of every day. If that was the case they probably would not need the assistance of a nursing home. However, we have found that one of the best ways to ensure good care for any resident is to visit the nursing home as often as you can and it different times. Get to know the staff, the administrator and other families that visit. If you have concerns about the care provided do not delay discussing it with the administration. Catching any care problems early is imperative. If you do not believe the problems are being addressed or your concerns are not taken seriously you may want to consider a new nursing home.
If you feel that your loved one has shown some signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to contact us right away. This way we can begin the process of helping you and your loved one as soon as possible.
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