Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When you pay and entrust in a nursing home to take care of a loved one, it becomes the responsibility of that organization to care and watch our for your loved one. Failure to prevent something that could've been easily prevented may be considered negligent behavior and a civil case may present itself. At times, a loved one may not be able to report an issue in his/her personal care. So it's important to keep an eye out for certain telltale signs such as those listed down below. The abuse or neglect of the most vulnerable members of society is reprehensible, criminal, and also a tort worthy of compensation. Like with young children, proving these claims may be, although certainly not in all instances, difficult as the testimony of the neglected or abused may be challenged because of their competency. However, as previously stated, there are certain telltale signs to look out for:
- weight loss which may be a result of malnutrition
- bed sores
- changes in behavior
- the overall condition of the nursing home itself
Although the above-referenced list is not exhaustive, noticing any one of these conditions may give loved-ones reason to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss the matter in greater detail.
There are certain types of neglect or abuse that nursing home lawyers look for, including:
- failure on behalf of the nursing home to provide medical attention to their patients
- failure to provide food, water and a safe, clean environment
- failure to provide emotional and social support to the patient
- failure to keep the patient clean (washing, brushing teeth, etc.).
If you are aware of, or suspect, nursing home abuse or neglect, it's imperative that you call to discuss your case with an experienced attorney to discuss your options. D.C., Maryland, and Virginia attorney Roger Gelb and his firm have represented over 10,000 clients and have recovered in excess of $100,000,000.00 (one hundred millions dollars) since its founding in 1954. Contact us today for a free consultation.