The elderly population is rapidly increasing and so are cases of abuse in nursing homes that were designed to deliver quality care to every patient. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens more frequently than many individuals know. Medical staff often ignores the signs of abuse in patients and excuse it as just a crazy old person. Mistreatment in a nursing home can cause serious mental and physical injuries to a patient. Failure to provide a patient with fresh water or not water at all could lead to severe dehydration. Lack of movement or turning of a patient can lead to serious bedsores and infection.
Common Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect
When a patient is physically uncomfortable, has sudden financial difficulties, unexplained infections, bruises, bleeding, bed sores, fractures, emotional withdrawal, or silence around their caretakers, there’s a good chance they have been abused or neglected. Another sign there is a problem in a nursing home is if bills are left unpaid or there’s a change in the elder’s will or their power of attorney.
What Types Of Injuries Can Lead To A Personal Injury Claim?
If a loved one is suffering from bed sores, negligent care, abuse, assault, restraint injuries, falls, fractures, dehydration, malnutrition or other unexplained situations in their health, they might be eligible to file a claim for a personal injury. The possibility of abuse should never be overlooked by a loved one because it could lead to the early and wrongful death of a patient.
A wrongful death claim can be filed the same as a personal injury case. Family members may be able to receive financial compensation for the untimely death of their loved one. They should speak with experienced nursing home lawyers and not discuss the case with the nursing home. The nursing home will do everything they can to protect themselves from this type of lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have suffered nursing home abuse or neglect that cause serious physical or emotional injuries or death, it’s important to speak to a lawyer as quickly as possible. A nursing home who neglect their duties to the patient should be held accountable, and the patient or family should be compensated.