Salina Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE AND ABUSE
Nursing home abuse is more common than most people may think. Many times older people are ignored, neglected, or even mistreated. Abuse is not always a physical violation of a person, but also an emotional and mental violation. In addition, many times serious personal injuries happen to the elderly that could have been prevented with proper care and attention. Nursing abuse can be physically and emotionally scarring for victims and their families.
Commonly reported nursing home violations:
- Inadequate medical care;
- Malnutrition and dehydration;
- Inadequate sanitation and hygiene;
- Physical violence;
- Untreated bedsores;
- A lack of supervision; and
- Improper security.
Nursing Home Liability
Be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect. Some of these signs can include:
- Torn clothing;
- Unexplained bruising on the wrists or ankles;
- Significant emotional or physical changes;
- Unexplained weight loss;
- High staff turnover; and
- Multiple complaints by other residents.
If a family recognizes any of these signs of abuse, it is important that they take the following steps:
- Record, in writing, the specific dates and times of abuse;
- Record the names of potential witnesses;
- Photograph injuries;
- Report any concerns to the facility’s nursing staff both verbally and in writing;
- Keep copies of all information received from and provided to the nursing staff;
- Record the testimony of family members, visitors, and other residents; and
- Retain all of a resident’s medical records.
By preserving this evidence, a victim of nursing home abuse will have a better chance of succeeding at trial or in settlement proceedings and obtain compensation for:
- The medical expenses related to treating a victim’s injuries;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Fees paid to the nursing home.
Contact Our Experienced Elderly Law or Personal Injury Attorneys Today
State and federal regulations were put in place to ensure that elderly residents of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are not taken advantage of in their twilight years. Unfortunately, due to understaffing and underfunding, many scheduled and legally required inspections do not take place, leaving residents vulnerable to abuse, so if you are considering placing an elderly or disabled relative in an assisted living facility, it is important to remain aware of resident rights.
If you live in Kansas and have questions or concerns about violations of individual rights, neglect or abuse for your loved one, please contact the law firm of Neustrom & Associates at 785-825-1505 and a member of our dedicated legal team will help you schedule an initial consultation. We help defend the injured and elderly in Salina and the surrounding areas of Kansas.