Senior citizens deserve the highest level of care available. Like most professionals, staff members at nursing homes are expected to maintain a certain standard of care for nursing home residents. In nursing homes, the elderly get to enjoy one another’s company. They get their meals cooked for them and their clothes washed. And the caretakers provide care and comfort for the elderly as well.
This ideal scenario, however, is not always the case. There have been a number of cases of nursing home neglect. Caretakers may not ensure that the elderly receive their medications on time, for example. They may not pay attention to residents’ medical problems. Or, they may not ensure that residents have a clean, sanitary environment to live in.
Unfortunately, it is only too common for staff members to neglect their duties or fail to maintain these standards of conduct, causing the elderly residents to suffer from neglect, negligence, or outright abuse.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, we encourage you to take the next step and fill out our free case review form to find out how our St. Petersbrug Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against the facility. At the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, our awarded legal team has the knowledge and dedication you need to hold the negligent parties responsible and recover compensation.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Adapting to a new environment is difficult at any age, but it can be especially challenging for senior citizens with cognitive difficulties. Some moderate changes in behavior and outlook might be attributable to a natural adjustment period, but there are other things that should give you cause for concern. Some possible signs of nursing home abuse may include:
- Unexplained bruising or other injuries
- Sudden or dramatic weight loss
- Radical changes in personality
- Becoming socially withdrawn
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes may come in many forms, including:
- Verbally intimidating/humiliating residents
- Ignoring and isolating residents
- Using force unnecessarily or non-accidentally
- Exploiting residents financially
What To Do if You Suspect Abuse
A solid nursing home abuse claim will have to be backed by evidence, such as the resident’s condition, treatment, and other information included on their medical chart. If you can quickly detect abuse and neglect and take legal action, you may be able to save someone from further injury and suffering. You may also help force changes in a nursing home facility, helping to prevent the same type of abuse from happening again.
Consult With our Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys
If a nursing home facility fails to meet state and federal regulations, harming your loved one, then you may be able to file a claim to recover damages. Nursing home residents and their families could be owed monetary compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, disability, and disfigurement.
If your loved one has suffered because of a reckless or malicious act at the senior living facility, we are prepared to fight for justice! We offer a free case evaluation for clients to discuss their cases. With more than 40 years of experience, our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and ability that may help you successfully make a claim against a negligent or abusive nursing home facility. Call now for effective representation!