NURSING HOME NEGLECT
Nursing Home Neglect
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What Negligence Looks Like
You should contact an attorney if your loved one has sufferered from any of the following :
1. physical abuse such has obvious and unexplained bruising or injuries, torn or bloodied bedding or clothing, burns, and open wounds or abrasions.
2. Neglect such as poor hygiene, dirty or soiled clothing or bedding, strong odor of human waste, infections, starvation, bedsores, pressure ulcers and fractures.
If you’re wondering whether your loved one has experienced nursing home neglect, it’s helpful to know some of the different situations that qualify as negligence. With that said, there are several scenarios in which neglect can manifest itself, whether it be through accidents, intentional acts, or failure to act.
This includes things like failing to keep the premises safe for residents, negligent hiring of an employee who ends up abusing a resident, failure to keep and maintain health and safety policies, failure to provide adequate medical care, and anything else of similar nature. According to the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA), residents have the following rights:
Why Residents Don’t Report Abuse
One of the biggest problems with studying nursing home neglect and abuse is that the statistics are frequently incomplete for several reasons. For one, many nursing home residents are unable to communicate effectively due both physical and mental illnesses. Second, many residents fear retaliation from the nursing home workers if they were to report the abuse. Finally, many nursing home residents exist in a perpetual state of helplessness and believe that they have no real alternative to their situation.
What to Do if Your Loved One Was Neglected
If you or a loved one has experienced a violation of rights of this nature, it’s likely that you can bring a nursing home neglect lawsuit against the company. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be an easy case. Often, the most challenging aspect of winning a nursing home neglect lawsuit is proving that the nursing home’s negligence led to an injury. According to the NHSA, facilities must:
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