Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse
Everyone hopes that in the later years of their life, they will receive kind and caring treatment either from family members or from a nursing home facility. Unfortunately, quality care is not provided to all nursing home residents.
There are approximately 1.6 million people in long-term care facilities in the United States, and one study found that around 30% of all these facilities have been accused of some form of abuse or malpractice at some point.
Nursing home abuse and malpractice can involve physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, or social abuse. In any of these cases, it is important to be able to identify the tell-tale signs of malpractice early so that the innocent victims of nursing home abuse can be relieved of their suffering as quickly as possible.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
If you are worried that your loved one or family member may be the victim of nursing home abuse, here are some of the most frequent warning signs:
- Cuts or bruises on the skin
- Signs of malnutrition, including weight loss, change of skin color, or change in hair texture
- A change in a person’s mood, especially a more depressed or fearful attitude
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
If you notice any of the above warning signs in someone you know it is important that you report the abuse as quickly as possible to prevent any further harm. There are many assistance hotlines that will investigate cases of nursing home malpractice and will help you protect your loved ones.
If you or loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you deserve to be compensated by the individuals responsible for your pain and suffering. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury attorney at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to discuss your situation with a caring personal injury lawyer.