Anyone making the serious, difficult decision to entrust their elderly loved one’s health, welfare, and care to a nursing home or long-term care facility should rightfully expect that facility and its employees perform at the highest level of care, service, and professionalism. Unfortunately, far too often the reality falls well short of the ideal. Poor management, lack of funding, understaffing, and lack of proper training and supervision results in nursing home abuse and neglect towards far too many elderly people.

If you’ve become of a tragic situation for your loved one, or you’re experiencing abuse yourself, it is important to find out more about your legal rights from Walton Law, APC. Our experienced nursing home neglect attorneys may be able to hold perpetrators liable in order to recover compensation on your behalf.

Types of Abuse and Neglect

Tragically, there are many forms of abuse and neglect. Nursing home neglect and abuse cases may involve:

  • Sexual abuse,
  • Physical abuse,
  • Financial abuse,
  • Abandonment,
  • Isolation,
  • Abduction.

Abuse and neglect may present one form at a time, but more often several forms are occurring simultaneously. Abuse may commonly surface in a cyclical pattern – first, abuse or neglect is perpetrated against the victim, followed by psychological abuse levied to keep the victim silent allowing a perpetrator to continue their harmful behavior.

Due to issues such as underfunding, understaffing, and insufficient training, not all abuse and neglect is intentionally inflicted. However, all too often the abuse or neglect is used to achieve a purpose such as the coercing a victim to alter their will or obtaining control over the victim’s finances.

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect

You should be alert to the possibility of neglect or abuse if you have a loved one in a nursing home. Some signs of abuse and neglect are noticeable – however, not all signals are as obvious as the sudden appearance of a black eye. Not all victims will bear apparent physical marks, but signs of abuse and neglect to be aware of include:

  • Depression, anger, fear, or anxiety.
  • Isolation or withdrawing from others.
  • Malnutrition or dehydration not associated with a diagnosed disease.
  • A sudden decline in personal hygiene.
  • Lack of adequate food, water, or basic amenities such as electricity.
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, welts, burns, scratches, or bedsores.
  • Telling implausible stories to explain the occurrence of an injury.
  • Wandering or elopement due to lack of supervision.
  • Signs of fear when the perpetrator is present or reluctance to be left alone with the perpetrator.

If you see signs that concern you, it’s important to voice them so they can be and investigated immediately.

Seeking Damages for Nursing Home Neglect

Both criminal and civil laws may apply to a nursing home neglect case. Not only the victims of nursing home abuse, but also their loved ones, may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a nursing home responsible for injuries or wrongful death. When our lawyers are able to establish liability, we may be able to recover compensatory damages.

Speak with an Attorney Experienced in Pursuing Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, it is important to speak with a seasoned personal injury lawyer. The award-winning attorneys at Walton Law, APC have years of experience handling nursing home lawsuits and advocating for our clients to receive the best possible outcome.

We have recovered millions in compensation and pride ourselves in providing personalized, attentive representation to each of our clients. Call us at (866) 338-7079 or contact us through our online form to schedule your free consultation.

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