ELDER ABUSE

If a loved one does require assisted living or nursing home care, it is important for you to be their advocate.  Most cases of mistreatment are not reported because seniors are often unable to understand the care to which they are entitled. In other cases they may be physically unable to share information about the abuse.

Whether the abuse consists of recurrent negligence or a single incident which causes injury, the victim has a right to damages. In addition, by filing a lawsuit and seeking accountability, residents and their families can help protect other residents from suffering the same fate. In most cases, the nursing home in question can lose its certification for failing to supply the expected care, leading to a loss of federal funding.

Nursing home abuse may include any of the following:

  • Bed sores, pressure ulcers
  • Physical injury from falls
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Gangrene
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Over-sedation
  • Poor medical care
  • Medication mistakes
  • Coercion
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Bruises
  • Fractures Lack of supervision
  • Abandonment
  • Ineffective equipment
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Wrongful death