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Feb2023
What Does A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Do

What Does A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Do?

  • By Arcadier, Biggie & Wood, PLLC
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Nursing Home Liability Lawyers

If you suspect your loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, you should get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Read on to learn more about what the right legal team can do for you.

What Does A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Do?

Nursing home lawyers can help you and your loved one get compensation from abusive nursing homes. When you get in touch with a nursing home lawyer, you get a chance to learn more about what counts as nursing home abuse – and more importantly, you connect with someone who can fight on your behalf against the nursing home in question.

Filing a lawsuit against a dangerous nursing home isn’t easy. You’ll need to get in touch with a legal team with plenty of experience, and you’ll need to plan your next steps very carefully. A nursing home lawyer can handle the whole process for you.

What Are Some Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse?

If you suspect your loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, it can be a challenge to spot the signs (much less gather evidence). While some abuse is overt and physical in nature, such as hitting, unreasonable restraints, and even sexual abuse, some nursing home abuse is more subtle and hard to notice.

Neglect can be a form of abuse, especially when it comes to the physical and mental health of your loved ones. As nursing home liability lawyers like our friends at Norris Injury Law can explain, you should be on the lookout for signs of neglect and malnutrition when you visit your relatives in a nursing home.

What Are Some Signs Of Malnutrition?

If you’re concerned that your loved one isn’t being fed properly, look for any noticeable changes in their weight, and keep an eye out for sudden or uncharacteristic changes in mood and temperament. If you notice that your relative’s clothes are suddenly baggy or loose, it could be a red flag, as well.

Malnutrition is a common sign of neglect in nursing homes. When a resident of a nursing home isn’t fed enough – or isn’t fed a healthy diet – they may experience a whole host of additional health problems. It may not be as obvious as physical abuse like slapping or hitting, but malnutrition can be just as dangerous.

What Are Bedsores?

Bedsores are another common sign neglect in nursing homes. These painful lesions are typically caused by sitting or lying for long periods of time without having a chance to get up or move. Bedsores are sometimes called pressure ulcers for a reason: They happen when skin is pushed against bony parts of the body for too long and with little change.

When someone is moved after a long time spent seated or lying in the same position, these pressure points may actually tear the skin. Since bedsores are easily preventable, these injuries may be a sign of neglectful or poorly-trained nursing home staff.

What Should I Look For In A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?

Not all nursing home abuse lawyers are created equal. When you’re reading about a lawyer, make sure their firm knows your area well, and make sure they have plenty of experience when it comes to investigating nursing home abuse. 

Many offices offer free consultations, so take them up on the offer. Get in touch, ask questions, and see how the right nursing home lawyer can help you and your loved one today.

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