Wrongful Death Due to Nursing Home Abuse
Thousands of elderly Americans are abused each year, and many suffer wrongful death as a result. Many cases of abuse are not reported because the person being abused is afraid that nobody will believe them if they report something happening to them. It is essential for family and friends of elderly people to look out for signs of abuse.
Watching for signs of nursing home abuse and taking action could very well prevent the wrongful death of a loved one in a nursing home. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help families get the justice they deserve if their family member has been hurt or died because of nursing home abuse.
Types of Abuse
Physical abuse is the easiest type of elder abuse to spot, but emotional abuse and verbal abuse can cause just as much damage. Everyday senior citizens are being intimidated, threatened, shoved and confined against their will.
Family and friends of elderly people who live in a nursing home should make unannounced visits and thoroughly question nursing home staff about:
- Changes in behavior
- Unexplained injuries
The elderly patient will probably be reluctant to talk about injuries that were caused by abuse, so it’s important to be persistent and make them feel like you are a safe person to talk to.
Neglect and Preventable Death
Elderly patients who live in nursing homes are in a fragile state, and many injuries they sustain can be possibly life threatening. Sadly, many injuries and deaths are the result of nursing home neglect. Nursing home workers may not seek care if their patients faint or accidentally fall, but not being treated for these injuries can often lead to death. These deaths could easily have been prevented.
Patients may also die if they don’t receive the proper dose of medication on schedule. Giving patients too much or too little medication can cause serious injury or death very quickly.
Some signs of neglect may be easy to spot, while others may never be recognized. Things to look for include:
- Weight loss
At an unannounced visit you should look for signs such as:
- Soiled clothing and bedding
- Lack of bathing and basic hygiene
- Lack of stimulation
You should be able to tell by talking to your loved one if they are happy and have positive things to say about their care.
If you believe your elderly family member has died due to abuse or neglect in a nursing home it is very important to speak out. Report your findings to the police and keep any evidence you have to support your case. You can also file a complaint with Adult Protective Services (APS), who will investigate your concerns.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you suspect abuse or neglect, another helpful option is contacting a wrongful death lawyer. At Nursing Home Abuse Center, we have dealt with hundreds of cases just like yours. We can help you take action. Our lawyers will help you understand and protect your loved one’s rights. We will help you gather evidence to support your case and. If applicable, will file a wrongful death lawsuit for you.