Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Depending upon the facility in question, nearly 1 in 3 to 1 in 2 nursing home residents report being abused. These acts of abuse range from neglect, to physical harm and can lead to or contribute to the death of a resident. At Waitz & Downer in Houma, LA, our nursing home abuse lawyers aggressively fight for personal injury cases involving those living in a nursing home and experiencing ill-treatment at the hands of those charged with the duty of caring for them, which includes employees and the companies that own and manage the facilities. If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is imperative that you are aware of these 10 signs of nursing abuse to ensure you can identify any harm being inflicted on your loved one before it’s too late.
10 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
- Malnutrition: excessive weight loss, weakness, excessive tiredness, depression, weakened immune system, anemia, diarrhea cycling with constipation, dry skin, and brittle hair and nails
- Dehydration: sunken eyes, gaunt face, severely chapped lips, dry mouth, inability to produce tears and sweat, low urine output, difficulty walking, confusion, weakness, constipation, rapid heart rate and low blood pressure
- Untreated bed sores or bed sores on a mobility-independent resident
- Unkempt appearance and living quarters: Unbathed and soiled clothing and bedding
- Bruising, scratches, broken bones, and scarring
- Undertreated or over-medicated medical conditions and presence of persistent illnesses, such as longstanding coughs
- Frequent “accidents”
- Rejection of physical affection by loved ones, such as refusal to hug and hold hands
- Exaggerated startle response: easily startled and frightened by harmless noises and movements in the environment
- Change in assets or legal documents, such as a bank account withdrawals, stolen identity or a request to change a will
Nursing Home Abuse Attorney of Waitz and Downer
The extensively experienced personal injury attorneys of Waitz & Downer in Houma firmly believe in seeking justice and compensation for nursing home abuse victims and fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. If you suspect your loved one is being physically, emotionally or financially abused at a nursing home facility or feel the death of your loved one may have been caused by mistreatment, contact Waitz & Downer for your free case evaluation today by calling (985) 876-0870 and allow us the privilege of coming to the aid of your loved one in their time of need!