NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Your decision to place a family member in a nursing home or other long-term care facility was based on the expectation that the facility would treat your loved one with compassion and provide skillful and competent care. While many nursing homes provide quality care, others fail miserably in keeping the promises made when your family member entered the facility. When a nursing home places its interest in making a profit over its obligation to provide quality care, the results are devastating. Inadequate staffing, improperly trained staff, or failure to sufficiently screen staff members inevitably results in abuse or neglect.
Abuse, in the nursing home context, generally means the infliction of physical, sexual or emotional injury or harm by a staff member or another resident.
Neglect is generally defined as the failure of a caregiver to provide services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care.
THE TYPES OF HARM THAT RESULT FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Pressure sores
(“bedsores” or “decubitus ulcers”)
- Malnutrition or Dehydration
- Medication Errors
- Wandering and Elopement
- Chemical restraints (sedatives)
- Physical or Sexual assault
SIGNS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Unexplained injuries
- Bruises, cuts or pressure sores
- Unsanitary conditions,
such as soiled bedding
- Foul body odor
- Significant weight loss
- Changes in demeanor
- Signs of over-medication,
including constant drowsiness
- Fearfulness or anxiety
Individuals who reside in a nursing home, an assisted living facility or a residential care facility have a right to receive quality care and to be free from physical and emotional harm. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect, your first step is to take action to stop the mistreatment. Each state has an agency which is responsible for taking and investigating reports of abuse and neglect. In Missouri, anyone who suspects someone is being abused, neglected or exploited can make a report to the Department of Health and Senior Services by calling the Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-0210.
At Groves | Powers LLC, we can help you understand the legal remedies available to victims of nursing home abuse or neglect, which include a right to compensation in cases of injury or wrongful death. Groves | Powers LLC has helped victims of nursing home negligence obtain full and fair compensation in cases, including those where providers negligently caused the wrongful death of a resident.
In claims against nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, like all injury claims, you have a limited time to file your case in court. Waiting too long to contact an attorney may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation.
We would be pleased to speak with you to discuss how we can help. Please call us at 314-696-2300 to arrange your free consultation.
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