1 Dec 2015

What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Learning a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse is devastating. If you believe a family member has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, it is crucial to speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer. Your attorney can help you explore your options and take steps toward getting the compensation your loved one deserves.

The Elderly Population Is Growing

The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that the 2010 Census revealed the highest number of Americans age 65 and over since the U.S. began the decennial census. This demographic makes up 13 percent of the U.S. population, and this numbers are expected to grow. By 2050, experts predict the 65+ age group will comprise 20 percent of the American population.
The Baby Boomer generation will continue to grow older, which means the nursing home population will likely grow with it. Thus, it is vitally important to make sure nursing homes provide safe and attentive care.

Unfortunately, stories about nursing home abuse are common. An ABC News report reveals that abuse was reported at one in three American nursing homes. The abuse included bad medical care, avoidable accidents, battery and assault, emotional abuse, poor sanitation, malnutrition, and dehydration.

Is Your Loved One Being Abused in a Nursing Home?

If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home, rehabilitation center, assisted living home, or other skilled care facility, knowing the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can help you identify it early on and put a stop to it. Common signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Unexplained bruises and lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Poor hygiene
  • Medication errors
  • Unnecessary use of restraints
  • Behavior changes in the nursing home resident, such as fear or anxiety
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Frequent falls

Contact Ruchti & Beck, PLLC If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

If you think your elderly parent, disabled loved one, or family member has experienced abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other facility, it is important to speak to a personal injury and nursing home neglect attorney right away. Your lawyer can help you report the abuse to the appropriate authorities.

Your lawyer can also assist you in gathering evidence and even performing an investigation into the abuse. These cases often reveal a wide-ranging pattern of abuse. Your case could be important not just for your loved one, but for many other residents.

The personal injury lawyers at Ruchti & Beck, PLLC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (208) 478-5100 to discuss your case.

This website has been prepared by Ruchti & Beck, PLLC for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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