Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers - Signs of Elder Neglect
Elder neglect is a terrible form of nursing home abuse, and it can cause many different serious injuries. Thousands of people in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona choose to trust nursing homes and assisted living centers with the care of their elder family members. Some of these nursing homes can break that trust by neglecting and abusing the residents of the nursing home.
While neglect may not seem as bad as intentional physical nursing home abuse, the effects of seriously neglecting an elder individual can be terrible. Many nursing home neglect victims have suffered personal injuries such as:
- Severe Bed Sores – When a nursing home resident is neglected while lying in bed, the blood can collect under the skin and turn into serious, infected, sores.
- Broken Bones – Many nursing home residents can suffer broken bones from falling when they are neglected.
- Depression – Imagine being left in isolation for extended periods of time, with nursing home staff ignoring your cries for help; the sad fact is that thousands of nursing home residents deal with neglect like this every year.
- Weight Loss – Sometimes staff will neglect nursing home residents by not providing them with the food and water they need to stay healthy. We have seen many cases where nursing home staff members leave food and water out of the reach of patients. Other staff member have been seen stealing food from the people they are there to protect.
- Dementia – Nursing home staff can also neglect residents by withholding prescription medications and ignoring doctor’s orders of medication and care.
If you have a family member in a nursing home and you are concerned about him/her being neglected, the best thing you can do is watch for signs of nursing home neglect or abuse when you visit them. Some of the more common signs of nursing home neglect include:
- Poor Personal Hygiene – This can result from nursing home staff failing to assist in bathing or assisting nursing home residents in the bathroom.
- Bed Sores – Typically these are a clear sign of a nursing home resident not being repositioned often enough while lying in bed.
- Bruises/Broken Bones – Injuries like these may be evidence that your elder family member has tried to walk without assistance and fell over because they were being neglected.
- Changes in Mood/Personality – If it seems like your elder family member is quieter or depressed than normal it could be because they are being neglected or abused when they are alone at the nursing home.
At Cullan & Cullan, we help families who are coping with the injuries or loss of a loved one after being the victim of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse. Our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys are also trained in medicine. This means that we have the experience and knowledge to determine if your loved one has suffered abuse and we can help you recover compensation for their personal injuries.
If you have a family member who is currently residing at a Phoenix or Scottsdale, Arizona nursing home and you believe they are suffering from nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse, please contact Cullan & Cullan today to schedule a free initial consultation by calling (602) 786-8860.