Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

It is often difficult to make a decision to place your loved one in the care of a nursing home. While you may not want to leave your loved one in the care of another individual, you often understand that it is the best decision for the care of your parent, sibling, or friend. In some cases, you often regret the decision when it is determined that your loved one suffered as a result of inadequate care or intentional misconduct. If you or your loved one has been injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Persons Firm for a risk free initial consultation today.

Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse occurs in nursing homes across the state of California on a daily basis. There are many forms of nursing home abuse that leave the most vulnerable population feeling desperate with nowhere else to turn. Psychological abuse is one of the subtler types of nursing home abuse that occurs. Psychological abuse, also known as emotional abuse, involves subjecting another person to behavior that causes anxiety or depression. Name-calling and yelling, when reported to family members and loved ones, often leave victims feeling worthless and a bother to those they rely on for support. Physical abuse is another type of abuse that can be easily detected when a family member pays attention to the signs. Overmedicating a patient is one type of abuse that can have detrimental effects. Some other forms of physical injuries to pay close attention to are unexplained scratches, burns, bites, or marks around the wrists or ankles that appear to reflect the use of restraints.

Nursing Home Neglect

Although nursing home abuse is common, nursing home neglect is an even bigger concern as these incidents do not often occur as a result of intentional acts. In many cases, nursing home staff are overworked as employers do not have enough medical professionals to care for residents. This shortage often results in less care and attention than what should be provided to each patient. Nursing home neglect is often difficult to distinguish between abuse and neglect because some signs appear to be similar. Some signs of nursing home neglect include extreme weight loss, bed sores, bruises, and poor hygiene.

Speak with an Experienced Attorney in Abuse and Neglect Cases

When nursing home abuse and neglect occurs, you should speak with an experienced attorney. Taking prompt action with the assistance of legal counsel is the best way to protect your loved one. Our attorneys will do everything in theirpower to give your loved one a voice and the care they deserve, regardless of whether the ultimate decision is to remove your loved one from the care of that nursing home. If your loved one has already fallen victim to the abuse or neglect of a nursing home, you deserve justice. If you or your loved one has been hurt by medical malpractice but are unsure of whether you have a claim, contact us today.