Nursing homes and other such facilities provide our loved ones with care at a time when they can no longer care for themselves. Unfortunately, our nation’s elderly and disabled are vulnerable to abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half a million people over the age of 60 endure abuse or neglect each year. Unfortunately, many victims of elder abuse don’t report it – whether for fear of retaliation or simply inability to explain it. If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, it’s important to understand your legal options and when to contact an attorney.
According to the CDC, there are several forms of elder abuse:
Neglect is one of the most common forms of negligence in a nursing home setting. This can be difficult to prove since there are many forms of neglect that can occur, and symptoms are not easy to spot. One warning sign of neglect in nursing homes is the presence of bedsores. When nursing home staff fail to regularly turn incapacitated patients, these painful ulcers can develop from lack of blood flow.
Neglect is any failure by a caregiver to fulfill their obligations to provide adequate care. Nursing home residents may experience neglect when staff fails to meet their standard dietary, hygiene, or shelter care. When neglect leads to physical harm, it rises to the level of abuse.
If you suspect your loved one is experiencing inadequate treatment, neglect, or abuse in a nursing home setting, the facility may be liable under several grounds. Some of the most common reasons for negligence include:
A nursing home facility can be liable for the negligent acts of its employees. If you suspect a loved one is experiencing neglect or abuse, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you notice symptoms of neglect or abuse, remove your loved one from the nursing home situation immediately and contact Adult Protective Services to file a report. Next, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group, PLLC. We fiercely advocate for victims of abuse and neglect and fight to get your family the compensation you deserve. We have been helping residents of Morgantown for nearly 40 years. Schedule a free initial consultation with our firm and let us provide a free and confidential review of your legal options.