As your family members and loved ones age, often times they require full time living assistance. There are various ways to get care for elderly loved ones including in-home individual assistance or more commonly, assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
Nursing homes can be very nice establishments with caring staff and a nice network of people for residents to make friends and enjoy their later years. Many nursing homes provide full servicing to their residents like medical treatment, food preparation, daily activities and more depending on the cost and quality of the facility. All nursing homes however are required to maintain certain standards of care that preserve the safety and security of their residents.
Unfortunately, there are many reported instances of nursing home staff abusing and neglecting residents. Furthermore, nursing home abuse often goes unreported because elders do not always report the mistreatment. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or other assisted living facility, you should be aware of these warning signs of abuse!
- Bruises or other injuries from potential falls
- Loss of significant weight, other symptoms of dehydration or malnutrition
- Unusual and unexplainable changes in behavior or demeanor
- Subdued interactions with visitors, other residents of the facility and/or staff members
- Attempts to escape the facility
- Overmedication by the staff and/or in facility medical professionals
In our extensive experience with nursing homes, we’ve found that they often deal with claims of abuse in less than ethical ways. They may go to great lengths to prevent evidence from being acquired of abuse. For example, they may try to delete pictures or confiscate cameras when relatives of residents try to document evidence of bed sores or bruises. Additionally, when a resident is discharged either because of death or other reasons, the facility’s administrators may offer to forgive outstanding debts in exchange for you not pursuing legal action against the facility. You should be aware that these facilities have no right to do these things and might be trying to take advantage of you.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, you need to take action today! If you can prove abuse or neglect on the behalf of the facility you are entitled to legal recourse against the facility. Call us today at the Law Office of Richard Kenny to find out how we can help!
The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny has over a combined century of experience in dealing with personal injury lawsuits and has achieved over nine figures in verdicts and settlements, proving their success rate in the courtroom. Contact the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny today to figure out your next steps and speak with an attorney who cares.