What Should I Do if I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

What Should I Do if I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

Charlotte, NC Personal Injury Lawyer  

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more and more individuals find it necessary for one reason or another to place their parents and grandparents in a nursing home or other assisted living center. While many of these facilities are staffed with nurses and caregivers who are passionate about providing care to elderly individuals, some facilities do not have your loved one’s best interests at heart. In fact, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, as many as one in ten elderly adults experienced some form of abuse. What are some of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse that you should look out for?

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

  1. Details from your loved one. Some victims of elder abuse may be so ashamed that they do not describe abuse. But if your loved one is willing and able to speak, listen to him or her. If your loved one describes instances of abuse or neglect, you should at least investigate further.
  2. Unusual occurrences or injuries. Does your loved one have unexplainable marks, cuts, bruises, or other injuries? Does he or she appear or act different when you come to visit? Do staff members at the home refuse to let you visit alone with your loved one? All of these and other odd or unusual occurrences can indicate abuse or neglect is occurring. If you do notice an unusual occurrence, be sure to write down what it is you observed as soon as possible. Include as many details as possible – you may need this information later.
  3. Evasive management. If you do have concerns about the care your loved one is receiving, it is important to discuss these concerns with the administrator or manager of the facility. How the management responds to your concerns can indicate whether your fears are justified. If the facility’s management dismisses your concerns, treats you flippantly, or otherwise fails to provide satisfactory answers to your concerns, abuse or neglect may be occurring.

 What Should I Do to Protect My Loved One?

If you suspect that your loved one has been abused or neglected by a nursing home or care facility in North Carolina or South Carolina, you should first try and speak with the administration or management of the facility. Sometimes a facility is unaware of employees who are abusive or neglectful. Once such an employee is brought to their attention, they can take disciplinary actions against the employee. They may even offer to compensate your loved one or your family in some manner.

If a meeting with the facility does not adequately address your concerns, or if your loved one suffered injuries because of the abuse or neglect, speak with us at Bice Law, LLC. Your loved one can recover compensation for their losses and expenses through a personal injury lawsuit. If the person who abused or neglected your loved one was an employee of the facility, the facility itself may be responsible as well. Contact us at (855) 5-BICE-LAW for a free consultation today.

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