Identifying Nursing Home Abuse
No one likes to think that their elderly family members are being mistreated in a nursing home facility. However, there are a number of reasons why elderly residents may suffer nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse. In fact, oftentimes, the worst cases of nursing home abuse can happen at facilities that on the outside seem like they are professional, clean and well run. That is why learning to identify the signs and symptoms of elder abuse in nursing homes is critical.
Signs of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
Types of elderly abuse may consist of physical or emotional damage and even neglect. Some of the more obvious signs include:
- torn, stained or bloody bedding or clothing
- hair loss
- frequent infections
- poor hygiene such as the smell of urine or feces
- abrasions or burns
- open cuts, wounds or bed sores
- unusual bleeding or bruising
If you notice any of these signs of abuse, the first step you should take is to notify the facility managers. If abuse or neglect is identified, then you have the legal right to file a complaint with the appropriate agency. Contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
How We Can Help
At Wapner Newman, our settlements and verdicts speak for themselves. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are relentless in our pursuit of justice in these cases and we fight to ensure your loved one is well taken care of in the future years to come.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any type of nursing home abuse, please contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. Or, call 800.529.6600.
If transportation is an issue, we will come to you. Wapner Newman has offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, West Conshohocken, and Marlton.