Neglect is tragically common in nursing homes. It is not, however, always obvious. This makes knowing how to spot signs of neglect very important if you have a loved one in a nursing home.
Making frequent visits to your loved ones is the best way to assess the quality of the care they are receiving. Visit at different times throughout the week if possible to better gauge treatment throughout the day and, if you suspect mistreatment, give us a call to discuss your options and your rights.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Some signs of nursing home neglect are clear. Issues such as bedsores, for example, are generally easy to spot. Generally unsanitary conditions, infestations, frequent illness, and sepsis are also common indicators of neglect. These issues should be reported as soon as possible to help restore dignity and ensure the safety of the victim.
In addition to gross neglect that results in injury or illness, general neglect can have a tremendously negative impact on nursing home residents as well. This includes failure to keep the facility clean and sanitary, over or under-medication, and ignoring the emotional and social needs of residents. Some of these issues may result in visible signs. Others might require more investigation.
If you believe a loved one is suffering from neglect, talking to one of our nursing home abuse lawyers can help you gain a fuller understanding of what will be involved in the investigative process, which may include talking to residents, staff, management, and others who can provide information about conditions at the facility.
If you have cause to take action against a nursing home, you may be limited by an arbitration agreement. There may still be legal options that allow you to seek justice through a civil lawsuit. The best way to learn if you are entitled to take action is through a one-on-one consultation at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance. Experienced and attentive, our lawyers are ready to listen to your case and provide straightforward information about your options to help you choose the best path forward.
Please call us at 404-760-7400 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.