Nursing Home Neglect
Long-term care facilities can provide valuable services to the elderly as well as their families. Unfortunately there are many cases where unscrupulous individuals betray the trust that we place in them when it comes to the care of our loved ones. If you think your elder loved one is being neglected in his/her nursing home, please contact a Springfield personal injury lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. At our firm we have been defending the vulnerable and seriously injured for three decades. You can trust that if there is neglect occurring, we will aggressively pursue legal action against those responsible.
Change can be affected. Over the years the general quality of care in nursing homes has greatly improved. This is in no small part a result of legal action taken on behalf of those injured in nursing home abuse cases. Aside from the important financial compensation won in these lawsuits, the legal action serves to act as a disciplinary action against the unethical staff and managers in these facilities. It is important that you act quickly if you suspect that your parent or loved one is being neglected.
Recognizing the Signs of Neglect
How do you recognize the signs of neglect? There are indicators that you can look for which will tell you further investigation is warranted. Some of these include:
- Any unexplained condition or injury
- Loved one is found to have wandered away from the facility
- An unexplained death
- Bed sores or pressure sores and infections
- Significant weight loss
- Signs of dehydration
- Facility refuses to allow visitors to see patient alone
As a loved one you may have feelings that something is not right. Trust your instincts and look further. Ask questions and note the responses you are getting. Contact our office as soon as possible and let us know what you have observed. If your loved one is being neglected, we want to help and we can help.