Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
New York Nursing Home Injury Attorneys
Many people who have a loved one in a nursing home are concerned about neglect and abuse. If you have noticed unexplained injuries or behavioral changes, do not wait to act. Your loved one could be the victim of negligent care or abuse.
Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP helps families fight back after nursing home injuries caused by neglect or abuse. We can provide the experienced, compassionate legal counsel you need during this difficult ordeal. To schedule a free consultation, please call 866-639-5567 or contact us online.
Indications of Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home neglect is the failure to provide the residents with basic, necessary services such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care and supervision. When these acts are intentional, then the case may be nursing home abuse. Additionally, a staff member may commit deliberate acts of physical, sexual or mental abuse.
Because many nursing home residents cannot communicate the details of negligent treatment or abuse, the family must determine what has happened. Some common mental and physical indications that your loved one may have suffered abuse or neglect can include:
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Broken bones
- Bruises, cuts or sprains
- Shoulder injuries
- Injuries in the genital area
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Withdrawing from social interaction
- Crying and fearful behavior
- Retreating into infantile behavior
- Signs of overmedication
- Poor hygiene
If you suspect abuse or neglect, report it immediately and contact an attorney. We can help you investigate the circumstances of your family member's injuries. We are very familiar with nursing home cases.
Depending on the specifics of the case, the nursing home may be held liable for failures such as:
- Negligent credentialing
- Inadequate resident supervision
- Inadequate staff supervision
- Inappropriate or negligent treatment by caregivers
- Maintaining the safety of the building and grounds
Contact Our Long Island Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Please call 866-639-5567 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.