Nursing home abuse is shockingly common. Even in homes where everything seems fine, residents may face emotional and physical abuse that remains unseen. You can help to protect your loved one against these types of abuse by making frequent visits to their residence, but unless you know what to look for, you may overlook more subtle signs of mistreatment.
Some signs of nursing home abuse are more obvious than others. For example, bruises, cuts, and any other unexplained injury should be cause for investigation. However, not all signs of nursing home abuse will be immediately evident, making it essential to know some less apparent signs.
Signs of nursing home abuse that may not be as noticeable include:
- Changes in Behavior
- Increased Discomfort Around Staff
- Withdrawal from Social and Community Events
- Anxiety, Depression, and/or Mood Swings
- Increased Isolation
While some victims of nursing home abuse can speak directly to their experience, others, particularly those with dementia or who have difficulties communicating, are not. Paying attention to any unusual behaviors your loved one may have adopted during your frequent, unannounced visits to the home can help ensure signs are noticed and allow you to take swift action.
The attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have a long and proud history of assisting victims of nursing home abuse and helping families get justice following these absolutely unacceptable acts. Recent successes include a $15.3 million jury verdict for a client who suffered neglect and abuse at Life Care Center of Lawrenceville and a $2.8 million jury verdict for the victims of wrongful death at Somerby Senior Living of Sandy Springs. If you suspect a loved one is being mistreated, we are here to listen to your story, provide detailed information, and help guide you toward the best path for your claim.
Dealing with the mistreatment of a loved one, especially at the hands of trusted care providers, is extremely upsetting. We are here to help. Our attorneys will assist your family in every regard to help put a stop to nursing home abuse and to help your family seek the justice you deserve.
Please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400 to schedule a free case review today.