Nursing Home Abuse

When it comes time for an elderly loved one to move into a nursing home or long-term care facility, where they can be properly cared for, we expect a certain level of care and attention to their daily living needs befitting a healthcare setting. All too often though, elderly individuals are subjected to abuse at their hands of their caregivers, and nursing home abuse and neglect have become national concerns. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or abuse as a resident of a nursing home facility, contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights to compensation are examined and protected.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Unfortunately, because many nursing home residents are elderly or ill and unable to protect themselves, nursing home abuse remains a serious problem in the United States, one that is significantly underreported, either due to caregivers’ lack of awareness or adequate training on detecting abuse, or nursing home residents’ reluctance or inability to report the abuse.

  • Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
  • Dehydration
  • Asphyxiation
  • Malnutrition
  • Unexplained wounds, cuts, bruises or welts in various stages of healing
  • Falls, fractures or head injuries
  • Infections
  • Failure to report injuries to loved ones
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Residents who are agitated, extremely withdrawn or non-communicative
  • Unusual or sudden changes in behavior
  • Wanted to be isolated from others
  • Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident

Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Information

"According to current statistics, more than two million cases of nursing home abuse are reported each year, and almost one out of every 10 elderly individuals suffer some form of elder abuse."

The unfortunate truth is that older people living in nursing home facilities are vulnerable to physical and/or psychological abuse or neglect on the part of their caregivers, the very people to whom their well-being is entrusted. Whether nursing home abuse falls into the category of neglect or an intentional act of abuse, the nursing home and/or caregiver can be held responsible for any injuries sustained as a result of the abuse or neglect. A nursing home can be held liable for negligence if the injured resident or his or her loved ones can prove that the conduct of an employee or an ongoing practice at the facility caused the injuries. Some examples of negligent behavior leading to a civil lawsuit include:

  • Failure to keep the premises reasonably safe
  • Negligent supervision of residents
  • Negligent hiring of an employee who engages in abuse or neglect
  • Failure to provide adequate medical treatment
  • Failure to maintain adequate health and safety policies

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