Know The Common Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Those who commit abuse and neglect in nursing homes certainly don’t advertise their horrible behavior, which is why anyone with a loved one in a group or nursing home should be aware of the common signs that the care is substandard. This may include:
Bedsores are skin ulcers that occur because of unrelieved pressure, friction, or medication. Bedsores can be categorized in stages.
- Stage 1: Symptoms include a soft, spongey area where the sore is and red skin. The skin may be itchy. If caught early enough, the sore can heal very quickly.
- Stage 2: The sore may look like a blister and is now an open wound.
- Stage 3: The skin at this stage has deteriorated and the wound is a deep ulcer.
- Stage 4: At this stage, the sore has now caused damage to the deep tissue and may even impact muscle, bone, and joints.
Bedsores are incredibly painful and can also result in a serious, life-threatening infection.
Nursing home residents are in these facilities because they need help with everyday tasks, including bathing and grooming. But this care needs to be provided not just because of “looks” or scent – daily grooming helps to prevent infections. Yet over and over, a look into nursing home hygiene shows that over 90% of employees don’t always wash their hands, let alone provide the care that residents need.
Malnutrition & Dehydration
The elderly often require a specific diet depending on their medication conditions. Not only do many nursing homes fail to provide adequate nutrition, but they also fail to help residents who need assistance to eat.
Common signs of malnutrition and dehydration include:
- hair loss
- mood changes
- weight loss
- swollen tongue
Even the best caretakers may struggle to help residents eat well because of the common issue of understaffing in nursing homes. For example, did you know that on average, a certified nurse practitioner must oversee as many as 15 residents during mealtimes?
Unexplained Bruises & Behavior
If your loved one has bruises, cuts, or other injuries that they just can’t or won’t explain, or if they suddenly exhibit behavior changes, such as fear of a place or a person, abuse may be occurring.
Medical Malpractice In Philadelphia Nursing Homes
In many instances, even when care is being provided, a medical mistake is made that can literally put a resident’s life on the line. Common forms of medical malpractice in nursing homes include:
- prescription errors
- failure to diagnose
- failure to seek care in a timely manner
Medical malpractice frequently results in the need for additional medical care that a patient wouldn’t have otherwise needed, treatments which are incredibly expensive.
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You Can Recover Compensation Through A Wrongful Death Lawsuit If Your Loved One Died From Neglect Or Abuse
You’ve unexpectedly lost your family member and not only are you mourning their loss but now you’ve they may have had an untimely death because of neglect or abuse in a nursing home., Can you take steps to seek justice for your loved one?
Yes, it may be possible to obtain justice on their behalf.
A wrongful death lawsuit, which is filed against the party whose negligence resulted in your loved one’s death, can provide you with full compensation for your past and expected future losses. It may also help provide a feeling that those who were at-fault have been held responsible.
Our attorneys understand what a difficult time this is for you and your family. Our goal is to make sure that you feel fully prepared for each step of the legal process and to fight to recover the maximum compensation possible in your case.
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Event Title: What Are Common Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse?
Date: April 30, 2020, at 9:30 PM
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Description: In this webinar, our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, personal injury attorneys discuss what abuse or neglect signs to look for while visiting loved ones in nursing homes. Our legal team will discuss forms of abuse, and what legal options families may have. To learn more, view our webinar available through Google Hangout. To register, please email [email protected].