Nursing Home Negligence: What You Don’t Know Can Harm Your Loved OneTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. October 07, 2015
When you picked out a nursing home for your loved one, you made sure it was the best you could find. However, now you’ve noticed that things are a little “off” lately.
Maybe your love one doesn’t appear happy or content in their new environment. The staff seems friendly enough when you’re there, but you can’t be sure what’s going on behind closed doors.
Defining and identifying nursing home negligence
Negligence may not be as overt as abuse (for instance, your loved one may not be covered in scrapes and bruises), but make no mistake – it can be just as deadly. Take immediate action if you notice any of the following:
- A lack of attention to your loved one’s hygiene
- Unexplained weight loss
- Signs of dehydration
- Frequent infections
- Bed sores that don’t heal properly
- Medications not given in a timely manner (or not given at all)
- A hazardous environment (lack of grab bars, slippery floors, etc.)
- Unsanitary conditions
You don’t have to tolerate nursing home negligence
Not only is nursing home negligence immoral, it’s illegal as well. Numerous state and federal regulations dictate the type and amount of care seniors receive in such long-term living environments. You don’t have to tolerate anything less – and neither does your loved one.
If you think that your senior is a victim, discuss removing them from the nursing home with their physician. Then contact a knowledgeable team of attorneys to help you pursue a case against the facility you believed wronged them.
Caring lawyers can help you address neglect
Claims against nursing homes are difficult to win without help. If your loved one is forgetful or confused, it can be even harder. He or she may also be afraid to explain the truth of what happened for fear of retaliation by staff. You’ll need solid legal advice to get the person you care about the justice they deserve. In order to prove that neglect occurred, your attorney needs to be dedicated, persistent, and compassionate.
Contact a Tampa nursing home abuse lawyer today
Do you have questions about nursing home negligence? The experienced legal team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk wants to help you get answers. Our staff is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and can be reached at 1-855-293-5630. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.