5 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

If you see signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, contact a nursing home abuse attorney that cares. You and your loved ones may be entitled to compensation.

The decision to place a loved one into a nursing home can be a very difficult one to make. The amount of time needed for the care of the elderly or disabled is oftentimes overwhelming, and can be a ‘round the clock task.  When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, the care they are given is the number one priority in the minds of friends and family members. Unfortunately, even at a first-rate facility, the services of a nursing home abuse attorney may be needed if any signs of nursing home abuse or neglect are noticed.

It is a horrible thought, but recent statistics show that the vast majority of nursing homes facilities simply cannot properly care for patients due to inadequate staffing. Often overworked, untrained, or unqualified, these nursing home employees (either intentionally or unintentionally) have been guilty of neglect or abuse of those in their care. It is shocking, but over one-third of all nursing homes have been in violation of elder abuse laws. You don’t need a nursing home abuse attorney to tell you that this is a travesty.

As you visit the nursing home or other facility where your loved one is being cared for, be alert for anything that could indicate abuse or neglect. The following are five signs that should raise red flags for possible nursing home abuse and neglect:

  1. Look for physical injuries including, but not limited to: unusual bruising, bleeding, open wounds, cuts, burns, or abrasions.
  2. Take note of any physical changes, such as an unexplained, sudden change in your loved one’s weight or hair loss.
  3. Examine bedding and clothing to see if it is torn, stained, or soiled by blood, urine, or feces.
  4. Pay attention to your loved one’s behavior. Some signs of abuse or neglect may include unresponsiveness, listlessness, infantile behavior, physical withdrawal, or emotional distance.
  5. Be alert for any delays in access to your loved one during regular visiting hours or denial of visitation. It is also alarming if staff members will not let you be alone with your loved one during your visit.

As troubling as this is, if you suspect abuse or neglect of your loved one, you need to take immediate action. Once your loved one is safe, an experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the offending facility. Working with an attorney is often best way to ensure that the negligence of the facility is corrected and ends so others in their care do not fall victim in the future. It is often also the sole means of any compensation or recovery for your losses.

Do I need an attorney for my Arkansas nursing home abuse case? Watch this video answer from Gary Green, a nursing home abuse attorney.

Begin by contacting Law Offices of Gary Green at 1-888-442-7947 or by email at ggreen@gGreen.com. Your loved one is entitled to proper, dignified care, and he or she may also be entitled to compensation. By working with the attorneys at Law Offices of Gary Green, you are taking steps to see that the negligent parties are held accountable, and letting them know that abuse will not be tolerated.

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