Families entrust nursing homes to care for their loved ones with the expectation that their loved ones receive a higher level of care and attention than they could receive elsewhere. Unfortunately, it is common that residents do not receive proper medical, physical or emotional attention. Nursing home negligence can lead to an array of injuries resulting from falls, bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition and errors in administering prescription medications. These injuries may occur due to inexperienced or improperly trained nursing staff, lack of proper supervision, or lack of necessary personnel staff.
Investigate for unexplained injuries (i.e., broken bones, sprains, dislocations), frequent hospital visits, oddly shaped bruises, open wounds or lacerations, strap marks, bedsores, burns or malnutrition.
Since emotional abuse does not leave behind physical clues, it is important to speak to loved ones to assess their changes in appearance or behavior. Warning signs often include unkempt appearance, poor hygiene, anxiety and depression, isolation, withdrawal from social interactions, weight gain or loss, or suddenly becoming non-responsive.
Monitor your loved one’s finances to stay aware of potential exploitation. Be aware of unexplained withdrawals, credit card purchases, transfers, unusual subscriptions, changes in life insurance policies, property titles, power of attorney, or wills.
Finally, be sure to check for genital injuries or bruising, trouble walking or sitting, bloody undergarments, and unexplained STDs or STIs.
If you or a loved one suffered harm due to nursing home negligence or abuse, the Law Offices of Peter D. Baron is available to advise you of your rights and legal options. Please feel free to call us at 631-367-7000 or completing our online consultation form.