Does your loved one live in a nursing home? If so, you may be worried about their well-being, especially if they have serious disabilities or medical conditions that require frequent treatments and constant supervision. Unfortunately, receiving adequate care isn’t always a given, and some residents are outright abused or neglected by staff members at the nursing homes where they live.
The causes of abuse and neglect are complicated, and every case differs. However, one common factor in many cases is nursing homes prioritizing their profits over the safety and comfort of their residents. Nursing homes often have dozens, if not hundreds, of residents. Caring for all those residents, many of whom may have serious health problems, requires large teams of highly trained personnel.
To save money and maximize profits, some nursing homes intentionally understaff, forcing small teams to care for huge numbers of residents. Others may hire underqualified employees in order to pay them less money. When nursing homes cut corners on their hiring practices, resident care always suffers—and it can even make them more vulnerable to abuse and neglect.
It’s important to always be on the lookout for signs that your loved one isn’t receiving the care they deserve in the nursing home. It’s also important to check for signs of abuse or neglect, which can occur without warning and without prior history—even after years of living in the same facility.
Common forms of nursing home abuse include:
Common forms of nursing home neglect include:
The sooner you act after forming a suspicion of any of these types of nursing home abuse or neglect, the better. In addition to helping prevent your loved one from suffering additional mistreatment, it may also open the possibility for more evidence to be collected that proves your loved one was abused or neglected while living in the nursing home.
Nursing homes are aware of the potential for abuse and neglect accusations. Even when there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that staff members mistreated residents, nursing homes are often quick to deny them, and they’re even more reluctant to pay residents and their family members compensation for what they’ve been through. That’s why having an experienced law firm on your side is so important.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal team can build a strong claim that the nursing home can’t ignore. We’ll collect evidence that shows your loved one was mistreated and had their rights violated, and we’ll calculate exactly how much money your family is owed. Then, we’ll fight to help you get every penny. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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