Signs of Elder Abuse?
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is a gut-wrenching decision. We like to think that the nursing home in which we choose to place our family member is treating our loved one well and caring for them with the highest standards. But you may be surprised to know that Congress recently found that reports of serious physical, sexual and verbal abuse are “numerous” among the nation’s nursing homes. Look for these signs that might indicate your loved one has been mistreated at the hands of a trusted caregiver, it’s time to contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer like Polinsky Law Group in Hartford.
Suspect Nursing Home Neglect?
Most likely, the nurses and companions in your loved ones Connecticut nursing home are offering compassionate care. However, if you get the sense that something is just not quite right, look further into it. If you see signs of obvious neglect such as bed sores or if you see your family member is suffering from dehydration, these may be signs of nursing home abuse. If they have poor personal hygiene including overgrown nails, unwashed hair, unusual smells, etc., these may be indicators of lack of care. If your loved one complains of things missing from his or her room, this may also indicate abuse.
Contact An Elder Abuse Lawyer If Things Don’t Seem Right
If you visit your loved one in the nursing home and see signs of neglect such as these, you may want to consider contacting one of the highly experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at our law office – Polinsky Law Group LLC, Attorneys at Law in Hartford, Connecticut. We specialize in personal injury law which covers nursing home neglect and will happily answer your questions help your loved one recover the full and fair compensation they may be entitled to.
You know your loved one better than anyone else. If they just don’t seem like themselves, you may be dealing with a case of senior abuse. There is even a possibility that your loved one could have been sexually abused. This is especially true if they seem unusually reserved. Don’t just write it off as a temporary mood swing. There could be something seriously wrong going on, so ask your loved one questions about their situation and review with the staff just to make sure nothing unseemly is going on.
Record Signs Of Abuse
Unusual bruising may be a sign of neglect or abuse. Unexplained scratches, bruises, dislocations or broken bones are certainly signs of nursing home neglect. If your elder loved one seems more disoriented than usual or is tired or sleeping all the time due to medication overdose, these could be cause for alarm.
If the nursing home suddenly does not want you to see your senior relative, that is another clear sign of nursing home abuse. Be sure to take pictures of the injuries you see and write down or record any other unusual things you notice when you visit your loved one. Your attorney will be able to use that as potential evidence when you file your case.
Polinsky Law is Here For You
We’d like to think that the the nursing home we place our relatives in would never be capable of abuse or neglect. However, approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. No one likes to have to confront senior abuse. But you may be forced to. But don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact one of our nursing home abuse attorneys if you think your relative has been a victim of nursing home neglect.