Nursing Home Accidents
You trust caregivers to take care of your elderly family member. You work all day, take care of your own home and children, and do the best you can to support, love and provide for an elderly parent or other member of your family. You have high expectations for those who you trust with the care of your elderly loved one. Unfortunately, the elderly are often abused, neglected and injured by the careless behavior of nursing homes and their staff. Undertrained, haphazard, and abusive actions by nursing home employees often leads to serious injury and even death. Here are a few things you should consider:
Signs of Abuse
Always look for signs of abuse. Do not simply trust these overcrowded, profit-driven facilities to care for your loved one in the way that you would expect. Common signs of abuse of an elderly nursing home patient include:
- Unexplained bruises and scarring
- Unexplained injuries
- Recent falls
- Bed sores and infections
- Frequent crying
- Unexplained mental disorders
- Complaints of mistreatment
- Unsanitary conditions
- Medication overdoses and errors
If you or a loved one have experienced any of these conditions recently, please contact our skilled and experienced nursing home abuse attorneys as soon as possible so that we can evaluate your case, support you in your time of need and provide guidance.
Common Injuries in Nursing Home
Careless and abusive nursing homes tend to repeat the same patterns of negligence. In our experience we have seen the following common injuries associated with nursing home abuse:
Bedsores and Infection
Here we tend to see infections and bedsores due to leaving elderly patients unattended or untreated. Some elderly patients require more one-on-one care than others due to a lack of mobility, medical conditions that restrict movement or recent medical complications. Failure to monitor, treat and provide care to elderly patients who represent a high risk of infection or bedsores is a common mistake that we see in our experience
Broken bones, sprains and soft tissue injuries often result from a nursing home’s failure to monitor and provide support to elderly patients.
Sudden Unexplained Mental Instability
If an elderly family member or loved one becomes mentally unstable or exhibits signs of depression without explanation this can be a sign of neglect and, in many cases that we see, mishandling of prescription drugs. Unfortunately, untrained, inexperienced and careless nursing home staff tend to medicate patients with mind-altering drugs because it is easier than reasoning with a patient. Frequently overcrowding and neglect results in elderly patients being given the wrong medication. This can result in immediate mental changes in your elderly family member.
Failure to Seek Emergency Caree
Emergency care protects the elderly just the same as everyone else. If a nursing home failed to call an ambulance or seek emergency care for your family member of loved one, you need talk with our skilled nursing home abuse attorneys now.
Intentional Harm to the Elderly by Nursing Home Staff
Nursing home staff are frequently undertrained, inexperienced and not mentally prepared for the stresses associated with dealing with elderly patients. If nursing home facilities negligently train, supervise or hire staff members who intentionally hurt your elderly family member, our nursing home negligence attorneys and staff stand ready to assist you.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
The value and validity of nursing home abuse cases vary greatly depending on the facts and location of each specific case. The nursing home industry is a heavily-regulated environment that is driven by profits and bed space. The only way to obtain a thorough, fact-specific evaluation of your case is to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Please contact our office 24/7 to discuss your options. We will schedule you to speak with an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer to help guide and counsel you on your options.
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