Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect in a nursing home.  When families make the difficult decision to place an elderly member of the family in a nursing home or assisted living facility, the decision is often a heart-wrenching one, and the family is trusting the nursing home staff to take the best possible care of their loved one.  However, when the nursing home staff fails to use reasonable care to meet your loved one’s medical and day-to-day needs, and your loved one suffers injury or harm as a result, then your loved one has a cause of action against the nursing home.

Nursing home negligence claims includes both nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect claims.  Signs of nursing home physical abuse may be more easily detected.  For example, physical abuse of an elder by the nursing home staff may include hitting, shoving, biting, and inappropriate use of restraints, which may result in serious bruises and cuts, restraint injuries, fractures from falls, or unfortunately, even death.

Financial abuse of an elder by nursing home staff typically involves stealing money or personal items from the elder.  It may also include forcing an elder to share bank account and credit card information, or even forcing an elder to sign over a deed or change a will.

Emotional or social abuse of an elder by nursing home staff may include intimidation through yelling and threats, humiliation, repeatedly leaving the elder alone, ignoring or isolating the elder, and mocking or terrorizing the elder.  The signs of this form of abuse tend to be more subtle, such as withdrawn behavior or other behavior changes, including a lack of friendly interaction with the nursing home staff or other residents.

Sexual abuse of an elder by nursing home staff may occur either by force or by tricking or coercing the elder into sexual interactions with nursing home staff.  Signs of this form of nursing home abuse include sexually transmitted diseases, bruising around the genital, breast or anal region, and bloody undergarments.

Nursing home neglect is also a form of nursing home negligence.  With personal hygiene neglect, the elder is not receiving sufficient assistance with bathing, brushing teeth, grooming hair, keeping the room clean, laundering clothes, and similar tasks.  Similarly, with basic needs neglect, the elder is not receiving adequate food, water, and a safe and clean environment.

To summarize, if you notice any of the following symptoms, your loved one may have a nursing home negligence claim:

  • Bedsores
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Serious bruises
  • Cuts
  • Broken Bones
  • Infections
  • Restraint injuries
  • Falls and fractures
  • Leaving the facility
  • Prescription Errors
  • Medication Not Administered
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Lack of Personal Hygiene
  • Sudden Weight Loss
  • Withdrawn Behavior
  • Soiled Bed Linens
  • Other Unusual Behavior Changes
  • Missing Personal Items
  • Changes in Personal Hygiene
  • Lack of Friendly Interaction with Nursing Home Staff or Other Residents

Unsure of whether you or your loved one has a valid nursing home negligence claim?  Call us at 301-982-4529 for a free consultation.