Nursing home abuse and negligence are far too common in today’s society, unfortunately they happen as more and more people require the care that nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide. Nursing home abuse typically occurs due to staff shortages, inexperienced staff or failure to provide appropriate care to residents. Unfortunately, due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, fear or poor memory, many nursing homes patients simply don’t have the faculties to tell their loved ones that they are being abused or neglected.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

While physical abuse of residents is certainly one type of nursing home negligence, it’s actually neglect that causes the majority of injuries. Some common types of nursing home injuries include:

  • Inattentiveness by the staff
  • Failure to provide appropriate care
  • Refusal to listen to residents
  • Bed sores
  • Falls
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Indications of Nursing Home Abuse:

  • Open wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
  • Bed sores
  • Sudden changes in weight
  • Torn clothing
  • Complaints about mistreatment
  • Extreme agitation or unusual withdrawal
  • Unusual and new behavior, such as sucking, biting or rocking
  • Use of physical restraints, or bruises around legs or arms that suggest the use of restraints
  • Neglected personal hygiene
  • Unusually pale skin
  • Sudden change in medication or dosage, particularly sedatives
  • Nursing home staff who can’t properly explain a resident’s physical condition
  • Nursing home staff who discourage family members from visiting with the resident alone
  • Residents that wander from the facility because of poor supervision

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of nursing home abuse, then you may be eligible for compensation. This compensation can be used to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other expenses incurred as a result of these unsafe conditions.

To get the representation you deserve, contact the Farha Law Firm to help you navigate through the complicated nursing home abuse liability dispute with the insurance company. The Farha Law Firm is here to help. Please call the Farha Law Firm to put our experience and aggressive legal representation to work for you. There is no obligation when you contact us and the initial consultation is free.