Many of the individuals in Nursing Homes are helpless, vulnerable and completely dependent upon nursing home staff to meet their needs. Nursing homes are supposed to be in the business of providing skilled nursing care to elderly and disabled residents.
Unfortunately, the quality of care in the nursing home industry has increasingly declined over the past decade. In many cases residents have died or have been severely abused as a result of neglect. I have had success with these type of cases.
Signs and symptoms of abuse:
-bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations, and rope marks;
-bone fractures, broken bones, and skull fractures;
-open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing;
-sprains, dislocations, and internal injuries/bleeding;
-broken eyeglasses/frames, physical signs of being subjected to punishment, and signs of being restrained;
laboratory findings of medication overdose or under utilization of prescribed drugs;
an elder's report of being hit, slapped, kicked, or mistreated;
an elder's sudden change in behavior; and
the caregiver's refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone.
Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is considered sexual abuse.
Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse:
bruises around the breasts or genital area;
unexplained venereal disease or genital infections;
unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding;
torn, stained, or bloody underclothing; and
an elder's report of being sexually assaulted or raped.
Neglect may be evident in the following ways:
Falls resulting in death;
dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores, and poor personal hygiene;
unattended or untreated health problems;
hazardous or unsafe living condition/arrangements (e.g., improper wiring, no heat, or no running water);
unsanitary and unclean living conditions (e.g. dirt, fleas, lice on person, soiled bedding, fecal/urine smell, inadequate clothing); and
an elder's report of being mistreated.
If you would like a free consultation regarding any type of Nursing Home abuse, please give me a call. I am a Lawyer actually handling Nursing home wrongful death cases in Mobile, not just running TV commercials.
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