What Should I Do if I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
Discovering that someone you love was mistreated by a caretaker is horrifying. If you have any reason to believe that your family member was harmed in a nursing home, you must act quickly to ensure their safety. No suspicion of abuse or neglect should be ignored.
Identify the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can manifest as injuries, ailments, or emotional conditions.
Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Physical injuries
- Bed sores
- Mood changes (such as appearing unusually anxious, withdrawn, or irritable)
- New or worsening health conditions
- Poor hygiene
- Malnutrition and dehydration
Protect Their Safety
The first thing you should do if you suspect that someone you know was subjected to nursing home abuse is get them to safety immediately. Move them out of the nursing home and into a safe place, and make sure they receive the medical attention and care they need as soon as possible.
Talk with the victim about what happened in the nursing home, and collect any medical records and documentation you have access to. You should also photograph any physical injuries as well as other visual signs of abuse.
Report your findings to management at the nursing home. They should have a process for handling abuse claims. Your state may also have an agency that is dedicated to protecting the elderly from abuse.
Contact our Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
If you observe signs of nursing home abuse in someone you know, call our lawyers as soon as possible. At Brown & Barron, LLC, our legal team is available to guide you through the process of recovering compensation following an instance of nursing home abuse and neglect. We will explain how to proceed, and build a case for achieving justice — with an attorney on your side, you may be able to gather more substantial evidence and exercise more power with authorities. Our lawyers will protect your rights during negotiations and in-trial litigation.To speak with us in a free case evaluation, submit your contact information or call (410) 698-1717. We are available via phone 24/7 to discuss your case.