Common Signs of Elder Neglect & Abuse

Slips and Falls

Sometimes falls are unavoidable; however, in instances in which the nursing home staff was negligent, they should be held responsible for the damages caused to the resident.

Neglect / Abuse

It’s not so easy to tell if a loved one is being neglected or abused. Some nursing home caretakers and administrators lie to family members to cover up negligent acts or the failure to provide proper care.

Bed Sores and Pressure Ulcers

Bedsores are injuries to skin and underlying tissue that are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin that limits blood flow. Bedsores are also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers.

Fractures / Broken Bones

The elderly are at greater risk for suffering fractures or broken bones than those under 65 years of age. Bones become more fragile as we age and nursing homes need to take special care to prevent them.

Under Staffing

When nursing homes fail to hire and maintain sufficient staff members, the staff who are present are unable to meet the needs of the residents and must take shortcuts.

Dosage Errors

If important information concerning a resident’s medication is neglected during a nursing shift change, or when a resident is transferred from the hospital to a nursing home, it can result in serious injury or death.

What To Do If You Suspect a Loved One Has Been a Victim of Neglect?

If you suspect a loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse or neglect, your best option is to speak to an attorney immediately about the rights you and your family have in this situation.  Contact Attorney Brent Wieand to discuss your potential nursing home malpractice case.

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Spotting Abuse

Signs of nursing home abuse aren’t always obvious – take care to confirm your suspicions before going further.

Contact an Attorney

If you suspect abuse immediately contact an attorney to determine what your legal options are.

Starting the Discussion

It’s essential to open discussion with the family member or friend being abused.

Listen without Judging

Listen to the patients concerns and don’t interrupt.  It’s important listen despite how far fetched the abuse may seem.

Encourage and Educate

Provide support and resources to your loved one in order to educate them on what is considered abuse and what there legal rights are.  It’s important to have an attorney on call to avoid any issues that could complicate your case.

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