More than 2.1 million Americans are residents of a nursing home, also which is about 1% of the population. At the same time, COVID-19 deaths reported at long-term care facilities is about one-third of patients in the U.S. who have died throughout the pandemic. Residents of a nursing home are more likely to succumb to contagious disease, and they are also subjected to neglect and abuse because of substandard care. This blog post will discuss the challenges nursing home residents face and the reality of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota
While mistakes at long-term care facilities happen, many are preventable. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence and abuse, Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. can help. Our president, Attorney John F. Carroll, is a licensed registered nurse, a military veteran, and an experienced lawyer. He works exclusively in medical malpractice law. John is skilled at explaining complex medical issues in a way that both clients and juries understand.
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What Constitutes Neglect or Abuse at a Nursing Home?
There are many contributing factors when it comes to abuse or neglect in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Some of the more common causes include:
- Inadequate staffing
- Improper employee training
- Too much responsibility given to employees
- Employees overworked – long shifts, working several days without a day off
- Unfit or unqualified caregivers
There are many ways in which elder abuse and neglect can take place at a nursing home. Be attentive to your loved one — and watch for warning signs of physical or emotional abuse or neglect.
25 Signs of Abuse or Neglect at a Long-Term Care Facility
- Bedsores or skin ulcers
- Broken bones
- Bruises or burns on the skins
- Cuts, skin tears, or lacerations
- Insomnia, fatigue, or sleep difficulty
- Dental and/or head injuries
- Infection or illness
- Personal hygiene issues
- Unexplained weight loss
- Substance abuse
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Lowered self-worth
- Lack of confidence
- Suicidal thoughts
- Signs of traumatic experiences, such as PTSD
- Dirty clothes or dirty bedding
- New infections or worsening infections
- Unexplained STDs
- Bruising or welts around the genitals
- Opening new bank accounts or new lines of credit
- Strange credit card charges or other financial transactions
Document everything. Gather all the supporting evidence that you can. Pay attention to the staff at the nursing home, watching for disrespectful behavior, negative attitudes, ignoring concerns or residential conflicts, failing to respond to residents’ requests for help, improperly administering medication, poor planning in moving residents, not addressing conflicts between residents, and more.
Pursuing A Claim For Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect
After you have followed proper procedure for reporting the nursing home abuse and/or neglect to the proper authorities, you should speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer. A lawyer who is experienced in handling elder abuse cases will know how to properly pursue your claim and to gather the proper evidence to support your case.
You may be able to recover compensation for the damages suffered because of the nursing home’s staff failing to properly do their job. The money received from the claim include funeral costs, hospital stays, or other expenses that result from the nursing home abuse and neglect. While such lawsuits can be challenging and time-consuming, a nursing home abuse attorney will handle the details, taking that stress and work away from you. Call the office of Watson and Carroll to have your nursing home abuse case reviewed by an elder abuse attorney.
About Watson & Carroll
Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld.