We all too frequently receive calls about very sad instances of nursing home abuse. If you place your loved one in a nursing home, you trust and expect that they will be properly treated. Nursing home abuse and negligence is a growing tragedy, and if you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you need to take action.

Physical abuse might be at issue if you find unexplained injuries, including bruises, fractures, and sprains. Such injuries can be caused when a patient is slapped, struck or kicked. Also, malnutrition and medication errors (either too sedated, or in pain) may also be markers of physical abuse. Severe emotional anguish and agitation are often the result of verbal, mental, or emotional abuse. If your loved one is unduly withdrawn, or non-responsive, it could be due to insults, humiliation, threats, and intimidation. Signs of sexual abuse may be marked by unexplained genital infections, and bruising around the genitalia. Check whether your loved one’s personal funds, property, or assets, or personal belongings are missing. Also, watch for neglect of hygiene, soiled beds, dehydration, and malnutrition. If the patient is not being groomed, and does not have a clean bed to sleep in, and is lacking water and nutrition, these things might be signs of nursing home resident abuse.

If your loved has been abused in a nursing home setting, please contact our office for a consultation with an experienced attorney.

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