Nursing home abuse and neglect is, unfortunately, a growing area of concern in this country. A recent article in U.S. News & World Report noted that nursing home abuse is on the rise, and that government agencies cannot be trusted to make adequate inspections and keep everyone safe. It becomes apparent that too many seniors have their golden years blighted by bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, broken bones, and inadequate supervision. Often these victims are reluctant or unable to speak out for themselves. If you suspect that a loved one is being severely mistreated, you need to contact the police or a social services agency immediately. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help determine the best course of action to protect the health and rights of the patient.
Some of the more commonly observed signs include:
- Untreated bed sores
- Broken bones from falls
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Serious unexplained injuries
- Sexual assault and/or battery
- Unreasonable physical restraint
- Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water
- Use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for any purpose not authorized by the physician
- Over medication
- Inadequate medication
- Caretaker cannot adequately explain condition
- Open wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
- Slapping, pushing, shaking, beating
No elderly citizen or disabled individual should have to endure abuse in a nursing home facility. If you suspect this has happened, our firm’s personal injury attorneys are here to discuss the situation. Call 1-800-227-6699 to speak with one of our attorneys about nursing home abuse.