What Are the Most Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

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You trusted a facility to take care of your loved one, but now you suspect a case of nursing home abuse or neglect. You need to act quickly to fight for your relative’s interests. Our Monmouth County personal injury attorneys can help you file a lawsuit and get your loved one the compensation they deserve.

What Qualifies as Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Many types of behavior and actions can be considered abuse or neglect. If you suspect any of the following, you may want to proceed with a personal injury case.

  • Physical abuse, like striking, hitting, or pushing
  • Withholding medication or care
  • Emotional and mental abuse, like yelling
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Excessive restraints
  • Forcing seclusion from other patients

Any of these can serve as the basis for a nursing home abuse or neglect case.

What Should I Look Out For?

You should look out for obvious signs of injury, like broken bones, fractures, and bedsores, but those are not the only potential indicators of nursing home abuse or neglect. A loved one’s demeanor and behavior can also change in response to the trauma that they have experienced.

Your relative might be more withdrawn or sullen than usual. They might be less communicative. They might have a sudden aversion to being touched or develop an odd behavior, like rocking. If you suspect something is wrong, trust your instincts.

What Do I Do If I Suspect Abuse or Neglect?

You need to notify the facility of your suspicions and document everything. Take pictures of any injuries you notice on your loved one. Get them treatment, if they need it, and keep those medical bills for your records. Then get your loved one out of there if you suspect that they are in immediate danger. Finally, get ready to file a personal injury suit, preferably with the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Can an Attorney Help With My Nursing Home Abuse Case?

A nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm is ready to help you with your suit. An attorney can:

File before the statute of limitations expires: You do not have unlimited time to act. If you do not sue within two years, your nursing home abuse case can be thrown out no matter how guilty the defendants seem. Focus on caring for your family, and let your attorney get the legal process started for you.

Gather evidence: Your lawyer can look into the care facility or individuals working there and compile evidence of past misdeeds or neglect. This can help you build a more convincing case.

Fight for fair compensation: A compensation offer should help pay your loved one’s medical bills that resulted from the abuse, but it should not stop there. A reasonable offer also needs to consider the mental and psychological trauma the abuse inflicted on your loved one and their family members.

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Our team can offer you a free initial consultation that can tell you more about your legal options and the potential value of your case. So contact the Wilton Law Firm today and get ready to fight for the compensation that your loved one deserves.