Unexplained Injuries or Malnutrition Claims Against Nursing Homes Lawyer
Nursing home abuse and neglect are a tragic reality for some patients who depend on these facilities for care. While many compassionate, ethical nursing homes exist, there are some that are managed poorly. Poor choices in staff and in safety measures can lead to physical abuse and health concerns for the patients. If you have a family member in a nursing home who has signs of abuse like unexplained injuries or malnutrition, you need legal options to protect your loved one.
It is an unfortunate fact that abuse can occur in nursing homes. Physical, sexual and other types of abuse have been reported in nursing homes, especially those that are understaffed or do not hire quality employees. Patients can be injured from abusive staff or lack of safety precautions or training. Bed sores, malnutrition and other health factors can occur when nursing homes do not closely manage their staff and monitor the well-being of their patients.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
It is vital for families with loved ones in nursing homes to be watchful for any signs of abuse. Patients do not always come forward about abusive staff, as they may feel threatened. However, you can be aware of changes in their physical, mental and emotional state that may alert you to abuse or neglect, including:
- Bed sores
- Broken bones from “accidental” falls
- Depression or change in mood
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss
It is important to report any suspected abuse right away to state authorities. Investigators can perform an inspection on the nursing home and offer assistance to protect your loved one.
If you have a parent, spouse or child in a nursing home that you believe has been abused or neglected, causing them injury, illness or death, contact Dwayne L. Brown. We will help seek compensation and punitive damages for injuries inflicted on your loved one by nursing home staff. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.