Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Every year millions of families are faced with the most difficult decision about placing a parent or grandparent in an assisted living facility or nursing home. As in nature, the older or weaker of the pack can often fall victim to predators. It is an unfortunate reality that many senior citizens not only endure physical abuse, but emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect while in the care of these extended care facilities. If your loved one has experienced bedsores, abuse, falls, malnutrition, and/or dehydration, you may have a valid legal claim. Let our pride, protect yours.
Bedsores are an all too common occurrence for seniors who are experiencing neglect or negligence in assisted care. If a facility does not follow the proper medical standards and protocol for caring for our elderly, sores can develop and lead to further health issues for the senior. Bedsores are often a result of neglect, failure to reposition the patient, improper hygiene, improper procedure, insufficient nutrition, and inefficient or outdated equipment at the facility.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Every year, millions of seniors experience some form of abuse. Studies suggest that seniors who are well cared for live longer than those that have been abused. If you believe your loved one has fallen victim to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, please contact Potter Burnett Law. Signs of abuse include:
- Frequent falls
- Unexplained broken bones, cuts, and bruises
- Severe emotional distress
- Missing money or property
- Fear of the caregiver
- Unexplained odors and excessive weight loss.
Falls and Fractures
Nursing homes are required to take precautions to ensure that they are operating a safe facility with minimal fall hazards. If a resident falls, the injury sustained has the potential to significantly impact their everyday lives. If you have a loved one who has recently fallen and broken a bone at a nursing facility, we will carefully review your case to determine if negligence was the cause.
Malnutrition & Dehydration
If your loved one is showing signs that he or she is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, they may not be receiving the appropriate attention and care at their nursing facility. Signs of malnutrition and dehydration include: unintentional weight loss, dry skin, loss of muscle mass, dizziness, bedsores, or a sore mouth. If you believe your loved one is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration, contact our pride to investigate the case for you.