What Does Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse Look Like?
When the time comes to move a loved one into a long-term care facility or a nursing home, we assume that they will be well cared for and treated with dignity and respect. Negligence is not necessarily the reason for every adverse event that takes place in a nursing home. Caring for the dependent individuals presents its own unique challenges, and as long as the staff and facility are acting within the standard of care, they may not be liable. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is a real problem that occurs most often when employees do not perform their duties fully or correctly. Care that is considered below standard can result in harm to your elderly, disabled or dependent loved one, but it can be difficult to determine if they are the victim of neglect or abuse. Share your concerns with one of our experienced lawyers to help determine if you have a case.
The attorneys at Steven D. Davis Law Group, APC in Culver City can thoroughly review your potential claim and advise you whether legal action is an option. We are committed to guiding you through the legal process.
Common Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect
Often, after your elderly, disabled or dependent loved one has been placed in a nursing home, you may hear them complain and raise concerns about their treatment in comparison to their former standard of living. There are certain signs of possible negligence that are worth noting, including:
- Falls resulting in physical injury
- Serious bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Failure to timely turn a bedridden patient
- Broken bones and other physical injuries
- Poor hygiene
- Unplanned/unexpected weight loss
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- An understaffed facility resulting in any of the above injuries
For a thorough understanding of your specific case, you will want to discuss the details with an experienced personal injury lawyer.