Why Should You Hire a Nursing Home Attorney?
When your loved one enters a nursing home, it is important that they are properly cared for by the nursing home staff. However, this is not always the case. There are indicators that you may need to hire a nursing home attorney to represent your loved ones. While the following are not always indications that you need to hire a nursing home attorney, they are most certainly signs to look out for:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Bruising, cuts, or welts
- Frequent infections
- Signs of dehydration
- Emotional outbursts
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lack of cleanliness
- Overbearing caregivers
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Unfortunately, Nursing Home Abuse is Not Uncommon
As many as 24.3% of nursing home residents have experienced at least one instance of physical abuse while in a nursing home. While physical abuse is the first type of abuse that comes to mind, there are also other types of nursing home abuse that warrant hiring a nursing home attorney.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse:
This may include pinching, hitting, kicking, pushing, or scratching. It can also include the performance of improper and risky medical procedures.
Emotionally abusive behaviors include, but are not limited to, screaming, taunting, or isolating a resident. Emotionally abusive behavior can cause new or worsening symptoms of poor mental health.
If a resident’s physical and emotional needs are not being met, this generally falls under the category of neglect.
Sexual abuse refers to any unwanted sexual activity. Regardless of how severe this kind of abuse is–whether it causes serious physical harm or not–it is illegal and should always be taken seriously.
Financial abuse often occurs when a resident has trouble managing or keeping track of their money. This is often the case for individuals in cognitive decline.