Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Finding out that a caregiver is abusing your loved one is a devastating discovery.
Nursing home abuse attorneys Lynn C. Harris can help you hold negligent or abusive caregivers responsible for their actions.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse?
Our Attorneys Can Represent You and Your Loved One in a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Nursing home abuse is the mistreatment or neglect of an elderly resident in an assisted living facility. Elder abuse can be emotional, physical, and sexual. It can also involve financial exploitation. If your loved one has suffered because of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, attorney Lynn C. Harris can provide the experienced representation needed to secure the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how he can help you file a nursing home abuse lawsuit, schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City, UT, or Provo offices today.
Signs of Physical Abuse
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, for every case of nursing home abuse brought to the attention of the authorities, an estimated five incidents go unreported. Elder abuse is often committed by caregivers, making victims afraid, unwilling, or unable to report the mistreatment they suffer. For this reason, it is important that family members are familiar with nursing home abuse warning signs, which can include:
- Bandages, bleeding, or bruising
- Open wounds, cuts, burns, or bed sores
- Ligature marks around the mouth, throat, wrists, or ankles
- Injuries from restraint, or lack of restraint
- Unexplained falls
- Sudden changes in weight
- Poor hygiene, soiling, urine or feces odor
- Serious infections
- Hair loss
- Torn, stained, or bloody clothing or bedding
- Overall uncleanliness of living quarters
Signs of Emotional Abuse
While the physical signs of nursing home abuse may be evident, emotional abuse is more difficult to detect. Emotional abuse can include insults, threats, humiliation, or intimidation of the patient. To help identify abuse, family members should be alert to changes in the patient’s behavior, such as:
- Listlessness or unresponsiveness
- Infantile or other unusual behaviors
- Physical or emotional withdrawal
- Refusal or reluctance to speak
- Changes in sleeping patterns or wakefulness
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglect can include, but is not limited to:
- Failure to provide adequate food, clothing, and shelter
- Failure to provide needed medical care
- Failure to prevent falls
- Failure to prevent malnutrition and dehydration
- Failure to assist with personal hygiene
If a nursing home fails to maintain adequate security that prevents residents from placing themselves in danger by leaving the premises, or fails to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering the facility, the staff and administrators may also be liable.
In addition to physical and emotional abuse, nursing home residents are sometimes subjected to financial exploitation. The most apparent indication is sudden or unusual financial transactions. Like all forms of abuse, if you suspect any financial wrongdoing, contact the authorities immediately and then seek legal representation to help ensure your family’s rights.