Moving your loved one into a nursing home is an important decision which requires a great deal of trust in the facility you choose, hopefully after conducting thorough research and narrowing down your options. Still, abuse and neglect are serious problems in nursing homes in the United States, and the only thing worse than this abuse is discovering that it has gone unaddressed or unreported when it should have been handled as early as possible. If your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Some families who don’t live in close proximity to their loved one’s nursing home must rely heavily on updates and information from staff members. While this isn’t necessarily ideal, it can be beneficial to maintain consistent communication and ask direct questions about your loved one and his/her current condition, and it goes without saying that maintaining communication with your loved one is invaluable for not only their mental well-being, but also physical well-being.
In-person visits are usually the best way to assess your loved one’s current condition, and remember the importance of trusting your instincts when something doesn’t seem right. Here are some important conditions and circumstances to be aware of, as they may be signs of a deeper problem of abuse or neglect:
- Sudden changes in mood or behavior, such as anger, anxiety, depression, or withdrawal;
- The development of bed sores (also known as “pressure sores”), particularly on the buttocks or heels;
- Dirty, bloody, or stained clothing;
- Stiff or unmoving joints;
- Bruises, burns, cuts, or fractures;
- Sudden weight loss;
- Sexually-transmitted disease (STD);
- Fatigue, exhaustion, or an overly-medicated demeanor.
Also pay attention to how staff members act around you and your loved one during your visit. Do they seem impatient, annoyed, or burdened by your presence? Does your loved one seem to act differently in the presence of one or more particular staff members? Have they ever delayed or refused your request for a visit?
Open communication with your loved one and the medical professionals who treat him/her is an important part of ensuring your loved one’s well-being in the nursing home, but if you believe that abusive or neglectful behavior is not only occurring, but occurring without being stopped or even reported, we encourage you to reach out to your loved one to get to the bottom of the situation. If you have confirmed that your loved one has or is being abused or neglected, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here for you 24 hours per day, and we will fight to the very end to ensure that justice is served and your loved one is fully compensated for the injuries and losses.
If your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. We are a personal injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.