Nursing home negligence can show itself in a many ways, including
physical, emotional or neglect. You should heed the following
Open wounds, cuts, bruises, welts or discoloration.
Caretaker can not adequately explain condition.
Elder's sudden change in behavior.
Loss of weight.
Burns caused by cigarettes, caustics, acids.
Emotionally upset or agitated.
Extremely withdrawn & non-communicative.
Unusual behavior [sucking, biting, rocking].
Dehydration, malnutrition, pressure sores.
Poor personal hygiene.
Begs for food.
Unsanitary and unclean conditions.
Dirt, soiled bed, fecal or urine odor.
When a nursing home professional fails to prevent the injury and
suffering of patients, as their professional duty of care implies,
they can be held liable for the victim's damage in a nursing home
neglect case. Nursing home neglect can involve any situation where a
long- term care patient does not receive the physical, emotional,
and psychological care necessary to facilitate the highest possible
quality of life. When a facility or nursing home professional
commits nursing home neglect, the victims have a legal right to seek
compensation for their losses and suffering.
While nursing home neglect generally involves failing to provide
appropriate patient care, this type of medical malpractice can take
a number of forms. Aside from the actual damages nursing home
neglect causes, the most frustrating and tragic element of nursing
home neglect is that it can be difficult for the patient's loved
ones to recognize neglect. Whether physically unable or held back by
emotions, patients may be unable to properly convey their
experiences of nursing home neglect to someone who can help.
There are, however, signs that may indicate that a patient is the
victim of nursing home neglect. Patient's loved ones can be aware of
these signs of abuse and report them promptly. Nursing home neglect
and involve one or more of the following: inappropriate use of
chemical and physical restraint, unexplained accidents, injury or
death, drastic change in a patient's condition in a short period of
time, patient isolation, signs of dehydration or malnutrition, bed
sores, unsanitary conditions, untreated pain or other medical
symptoms, poor or under-trained staff, and any other signs that a
patient may be suffering physically, psychologically, cognitively,
Indications of nursing home neglect may include any or all other the
following: patient's daily living needs are not fulfilled, restraint
is used inappropriately, isolation of patients, bedsores, fractures,
slip and fall accidents, unexplained injuries or death, unsanitary
conditions, dehydration, malnutrition, improper medication,
untreated conditions, poor staffing, and any other signs of
physical, mental, or psychosocial suffering.
In response to the devastatingly high rates of nursing home neglect
and abuse in our nation's nursing homes, the federal government has
enacted a number of laws intended to protect patients. The Federal
Nursing Home Reform Act provides national nursing home standards of
care and spells out the rights of nursing home patients. The law
states that facilities will be evaluated periodically to ensure that
every facility is in compliance with the law. If cases of nursing
home neglect are found or reported to a government agency, the
facility can be penalized accordingly.
While these laws exist to protect patients, nursing home neglect is
still a widespread problem in the United States. If you or a loved
one has suffered injury because of nursing home neglect, you deserve
to receive compensation for your losses and suffering. To learn more
about nursing home neglect and abuse, please contact us to speak
with a qualified and experienced nursing home malpractice attorney
who can evaluate your case to determine how best to protect your
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