Were You Or Someone You Know Abused In a Nursing Home?
Nursing home abuse and neglect is the worst nightmare of anyone who places a vulnerable loved one in a residential facility, but it does happen and the results can be tragic. Incidents of physical and psychological mistreatment can happen even when family members are regular visitors and everything seems fine on the surface. Fortunately, in the event of a serious problem, the law does provide some relief. If there is evidence that a family member has been victimized, the Russell Law Firm can obtain the compensation needed to ensure that victims get the quality care they need and their loved ones can avoid undue financial hardship.
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse is not always obvious. In some cases, victims aren’t even aware that an offense has been committed – especially when the issue is financial malfeasance. Other times, they may try to hide problems out of embarrassment or concern for their loved ones, or they may not be able to communicate the problem. When complaints are made, on the other hand, loved ones of people dealing with severe mental illness or dementia may be honestly unsure of what to believe – and unscrupulous homes and caregivers know they can take advantage of that situation.
This is why loved ones need to be mindful of possible signs of serious problems. Some of the most common harms of neglect and abuse to be on the lookout for include:
- Unexplained or suspicious injuries
- Signs of possible malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Untreated bedsores or other wounds
- Unexplained depression, anxiety, and/or irritability
- Weight fluctuations
- Medication errors
- Unusual or suspicious financial activity
- Unexplained or premature death
What Can Be Done?
If you suspect your loved one is being subjected to physical, psychological, or financial mistreatment or abuse, you can do something about it. First of all, don’t wait to seek out legal representation. Contact our office as soon as possible for a free consultation and we will explore what can and should be done.
It’s also a good idea to collect as much evidence as possible. This can include financial documents, photos of injuries, victim testimony, or anything else that suggests abuse may have occurred. This type of evidence can give our legal specialists the ability to create a strong case on your loved one’s behalf.
If you have reason to believe a loved one is being mistreated now or in the recent past, the Russell Law Firm, LLC wants to hear from you. For more information, contact our office at the number on your screen or reach out to us through our contact page.