Basic Facts About Nursing Home Abuse Cases – Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney Paul S. PaddaFiled under Personal Injury
With advances in health care, the elderly are one of the fastest growing populations in American society. Many people entrust their parents or other loved ones to nursing homes hoping they receive first-rate attention and care. This has increasingly become a fact of modern day life.
Unfortunately, despite the trust placed in them to care for our elderly, many nursing homes abuse that trust by failing to provide the proper care they should. By trying to cut costs or simply because they don’t care, many nursing homes subject our most vulnerable members of society to neglect and abuse. This is completely unacceptable.
Some of the most common forms of elder abuse and neglect include the following:
- Bed sores;
- Slip and falls;
- Dehydration and malnutrition;
- Assault/Battery by nursing home staff;
- Wrongful death.
Given their vulnerable state, many elderly residents are afraid to speak up and complain. In other cases, some are simply unable to physically communicate what is occurring. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, be vigilant for the following warning signs of neglect or abuse:
- Pressure sores, bedsores and frozen joints;
- Loss of mobility;
- Weight loss from lack of nutrition or depression;
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, fractures, burns and broken bones;
- Odd behavior by nursing home staff, including refusal to permit visitation without staff present;
- Unhygienic conditions.
Discovering nursing home abuse can be shocking and extremely upsetting. It is important, however, to make sure you know your legal rights. While every state in the country has laws on the books to protect the elderly, there are civil claims that can be brought to put an end to the abuse and hold accountable those who hurt our most precious loved ones. If you suspect your loved one is not being treated right, don’t ignore your feelings. Make sure you contact an experienced and aggressive lawyer with significant experience in this complex area of the law that will ensure justice is pursued where appropriate. Our elderly cared for us when we were young, we owe it to them to fight for their rights during their most vulnerable years.