Nursing Home Attorney Trenton
After learning your elderly loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you might feel uneasy about contracting a nursing home lawyer. In fact, you may be told that you should not, and in doing so, could face serious problems. As much as these thoughts could be a real concern, they should not stop you from seeking advice from a supportive and skilled nursing home lawyer. Rest assured, if a lawyer believes there to be any imminent dangers or threats to your elderly loved one, he or she may find a safe place for him or her to go to.
Recognizing Abuse or Neglect
Unfortunately nursing home abuse or neglect can go on for a long period of time before someone realizes what is going on. The elderly resident might be too afraid to speak up, or may not even realize they are being victimized. Family members on the other hand, could be unsuspecting or fail to notice the signs because they are hidden out of plain view. A majority of the cases our firm has handled have involved physical and financial abuse, neglect, and chemical restraint. The following are common signs to look for:
- Bruising around the wrists, ankles, torso, or upper legs from restraints
- Over medicated
- Dehydrated or malnourished
- Lack of hygiene
- Broken bones
- Burn marks
- Bleeding or bruising around the genitals
- Emotional withdrawal
- Outbursts of crying, yelling, or laughter
- Being denied visitation
- Fraudulent medical records
- Fraudulent nursing home reports
- Missing money
- Sudden changes in a will, trust, insurance policy, or power of attorney
- Missing valuables
- Forged signatures
If you have noticed any of the above signs, it is prudent you get advice from a lawyer. You may also need to contact your local state department or Medicare agency; this can be explained in further detail during your free and confidential consultation.
Staffing Issues at Nursing Home Facilities
Between 80 and 85% of nursing homes are for profit facilities. This has resulted in significant budget cuts which ultimately affects the resident’s. We have observed that many of our cases involving neglect or abuse also involve staffing issues such as:
- Limited medically trained and certified doctors, nurses, and other staff members
- Inexperienced staff
- Lack of staff at night or during slow hours
- Little supervision by staff
- Distracted staff (i.e. using phones while working)
When any of these issues are a concern, the risk of resident neglect is considerable high. Furthermore, there is a good chance that the facility will suffer from low inspection marks from state and federal regulating agencies.
Learn More About Holding a Nursing Home Liable for Their Treacherous Actions
Abusing or neglecting an elderly loved one is unacceptable. By holding a facility accountable for their atrocious actions, you not only might recover monetary compensation for your losses, but also force them into taking responsibility. As a result, fines and other punishments could be ordered by government agencies. There are statute of limitations, and also a risk of losing valuable evidence. It is not recommended to delay in seeking legal advice from a nursing home attorney Trenton relies on at Davis & Brusca, LLC.