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Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

For various reasons, there maybe instances when nursing home neglect can be difficult to differentiate from the natural aging process. As a person reaches the later stages in life, the human body often responds in unpleasant and painful ways that may mimic neglect or abuse in a nursing home. However, one common sign of neglect that should not be confused with aging is the appearance of bed sores. Sores can quickly develop with elderly patients who are left resting in one position for extended periods. This can cause excessive rubbing of bones and skin, and result in painful bed sores if patients are not routinely moved.

Nursing home neglect laws require that patients be regularly turned to prevent bed sores from occurring. These sores are not only painful to the patient, but can potentially lead to more serious health problems such as dangerous infections. Therefore, any sores noticed by family members should be reported to a nursing home doctor or staff member immediately. Even if the bed sore appears negligible, failure to report the issue can too be a form of nursing home neglect.

An unfortunate truth with most nursing home neglect or abuse victims is that they rarely call out for help. Often times they are too scared to speak up or may even lack the ability to communicate effectively. Thus, family members must pay close attention to their loved one’s health conditions at all times. Otherwise, health issues such as bed sores may go unresolved.

Various forms of nursing home neglect can lead to serious health complications and even death. While thin elderly individuals are more naturally prone to the development of beds sores, despite frequent turning, the slightest evidence of a sore should be addressed by the nursing home doctors and/or staff on call. This may include situations where patients require further bed turning than otherwise stated by law.

It is easy to understand why nursing home neglect can more difficult to discern than nursing home abuse. While abuse can be very evident, such as the appearance of scars, bruises and mental alterations, neglect can often include more subtle changes as:

  • bed sores
  • slow starvation and/or
  • dehydration

However, when any of these signs become apparent, it is important that the nursing home be promptly confronted. Having said this, you may find that the nursing home or the staff member in question, is quick to shrug off your worries and concerns. Whether there are loose explanations provided or promised actions never taken, either can require further recourse.

If the evidence of nursing home neglect continues to persist, you may need to report your issues to a qualified nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer. He or she can offer sound advice for resolving neglect, and if need be, taking your case to court for legal action.

The importance of reporting nursing home neglect at first sight cannot be stressed enough. The health of a loved one should never go unresolved. And if a lawsuit is ever needed, your report may serve as evidence in a court of law.

Common Types Of Nursing Home Abuse

Physical Abuse

Hitting, burning, kicking or restraining an elderly person

Verbal Abuse

Constant ridicule or criticizing to humiliate elderly person

Drug Abuse

Elderly drug abuse happens more recurrently in nursing homes than most people realize.

Increase in Nursing Home Abuse Cases

Recent investigations by the United States Government have produced some sobering statistics about nursing homes:

  • More nursing homes are being identified with substandard quality of care.
  • The percentage of nursing homes being cited for nursing home abuse in the United States has more than doubled in three years.
  • Some States do not investigate serious complaints. Only two-thirds of States investigate complaints alleging immediate resident health jeopardy. Only 13 States investigate complaints alleging actual harm within 10 days.
  • Federal and state laws protect the rights or Nursing Homes Residents. Residents of Nursing Homes have the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, and involuntary seclusion by anyone. This includes, but is not limited to nursing home staff, other residents, consultants, volunteers, staff from other agencies, family members or legal guardians, friends, or other individuals. It is against the law for a nursing home to use physical or chemical restraints, unless it is necessary to treat medical symptoms.

If you or a loved one feel you have been abused or neglected (your needs not met), you may contact us by sending the Nursing Home Form or email at [email protected]. Family and friends are often the person making sure loved ones get good quality care.

How The Process Works

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Case Review

We begin by reviewing your online survey. First, we will look at the circumstances of your case and evaluate the actions needed.

Follow Up

Our support team members will follow up with you with more detailed questions about your case (for example, your personal experience with 3M earplugs and your medical history) and explain to you what you can expect throughout the process.

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Contingency Agreement

If eligible, we will send you a contingency fee agreement to get represented in the case by one of our leading legal partners. Fees are payable only if a lawsuit is successful or results in a favorable settlement in which you get compensation. You will not have to spend a single dollar upfront, even if the trial goes on for years.

Get Started

After signing the contingency agreement, a legal advocate will start working on your claim against 3M. You might be requested to provide medical and historical documents. This is completely complimentary and free of charge.

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Settlement and Compensation

In the case of a successful settlement, you will get compensation and the contingency fee is deducted. Keep in mind that compensation amounts can vary between different cases and injury types.
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