Elder Abuse And Neglect: Spotting The Signs

Many nursing home residents are not able to clearly communicate what has happened to them, so it falls on loved ones to spot the signs of abuse and neglect.

Verbal Abuse

First of all, it is important to understand that abuse and neglect are not always physical. Verbal intimidation and forced isolation are all too common. It may be a sign of mistreatment if your loved one has become:

  • Withdrawn
  • Noncommuncative
  • Depressed

Physical Abuse

When it comes to physical harm, look for any serious injuries that are not adequately explained by nursing home staff. This may include:

  • Bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Weakness/dizziness

These injuries may have been the result of the staff's failure to follow proper protocols to prevent falls.

If your loved one has developed bedsores, this may have been the result of the staff's failure to move your loved one from bed or from a wheelchair.

Weakness or dizziness may be the result of malnutrition or dehydration due to the staff's failure to feed your loved one.

Medication Errors

Be aware that medication errors are also a form of nursing home neglect and abuse. Facilities should be held accountable for any complications that arise due to

  • Failure to provide medication
  • Mixing up prescriptions
  • Giving incorrect dosages

Err on the side of safety. If you have any reason to suspect abuse or neglect, talk to our lawyers. The consultation is free.

We Are Ready To Help Your Loved One

With the need for elderly housing on the rise, many nursing homes have become poorly staffed, poorly operated warehouses of the elderly. They are environments where neglect and abuse is not only possible, but also all too common. If you suspect that an elderly loved one is being mistreated in any way, you need to talk to an experienced attorney.

At the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, in Birmingham, we are proud to stand up for the rights of Alabama's elderly population. Our team has over 25 years of experience holding nursing home owners and staff accountable for injuries suffered by residents. We are here to make certain that the facility is brought to justice and you and your loved one get fair compensation.

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Call us today at 205-208-7980 or toll-free at 866-596-1238, or send us an email. There is no fee unless we recover compensation for you.