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No one expects their family member to be a victim of nursing home abuse. However, incidents like this happen on a daily basis. Unfortunately, due to our rapidly aging population, violence in nursing homes is going on more frequently. When your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you will instantly be overwhelmed.

Because of some limitations in a nursing home, family and friends are often called upon often to check up on their loved ones. Nursing home negligence typically involves no protection from safety hazards or failure to provide necessities such as water.

Negligence can result in injuries such as broken hips, falls, malnutrition, bed sores, improper wound care, or dehydration. Other injuries could lead to severe medical complications. Negligence can also include abuse such as physical, mental, emotional, or exploitative such as illegally taking, misusing, or concealing funds, property or assets.

 

What exactly is Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse?

Nursing home abuse is an intentional abuse of a person living in a nursing home. It can be either/or all mental, physical or sexual abuse.

  • Physical abuse can be a result of broken bones, cuts, or bruises.
  • Mental abuse, which is just as intense as physical violence, is when there is intentional neglect, verbal harassment, or isolation from the family.
  • Staff in nursing homes can help also force sexual abuse on patients.

Nursing home neglect occurs when there is a lack of care for patients in the nursing home. This is also when there is a failure to provide necessities such as food, water, or shelter. The most common cause of nursing home injuries are falls. Many falls occur because of inadequate control. Neglect can also result in a very serious medical condition such as bedsores.

How Can You Tell your Loved One is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse?

Families usually will not know about nursing home abuse until they notice signs of ill-treatment. This could include;

  • Decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers, known as bedsores
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Malnutrition or weight loss
  • Dehydration or cracked lips
  • Conditions are unsanitary
  • Not adequately staffed
  • Improper medication management such as over medicating
  • Patient starts acting not like themselves
  • Signs of venereal diseases, genital infections, or sexual abuse
  • Staff purposely refusing family visits to see patient
  • Transfer to hospital for wound care of malnutrition
  • Transfer to wound care for wounds that are unexplained
  • Immediate or unexplained death

What is the time constraints for filing a Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit?

In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the negligence or abuse. If you are filing a lawsuit, contact us immediately. Our detailed investigation is better done sooner rather than later to help us gain all evidence.

If you think that someone that you love is a victim of nursing home negligence, do not hesitate to contact the nursing home lawyers at Saffren & Weinberg today. To receive your free case evaluation, contact us at 215-576-0100.

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