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Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence - What To Look For and What To Do If Your Loved One is Being Abused

You are probably here because you suspect, or know for a fact, that an elderly loved one is being abused or neglected by the staff at their nursing home.  We are here to help.  Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and malpractice is a growing problem. With over 1.5 million elderly adults living in nursing homes throughout the United States, neglect or outright physical mistreatment of nursing home residents has become more prevalent because not all nursing homes are created equal. Some nursing homes are established simply as a money-making tool for owners and they maximize profits by hiring unqualified and incompetent staff, operating in flimsy facilities and failing to address the needs of their clients (i.e. your elderly loved ones).

Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms. Here are just a few examples of nursing home malpractice:
  • Physical assault and/or sexual assault
  • Bedsores / Pressure ulcers
  • Infection
  • Overmedication
  • Involuntary physical restraint
  • Preventable injuries such as falls
  • Dehydration or malnutrition leading to dramatic weight loss
  • Failure to provide adequate medical care
Many family members who suspect abuse is occurring simply bite their tongue because they don’t want to cause problems for their elderly loved one. Do not make this mistake. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused, speak to a nursing home malpractice attorney to discuss the situation.

If it turns out your loved one is the victim of abuse and/or neglect, a nursing home abuse claim can be filed by your attorney so you and your loved one can pursue damages and help to ensure that the negligent and illegal practices at the facility are ceased.

To get additional information about nursing home neglgect/abuse, read this article written by an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Virginia.

To learn about your nursing home facility and whether they have been cited for nursing home abuse in the past, take a look at this web site, memberofthefamily.net.

Here is a link to an article discussing how to choose a quality nursing home and what to look out for when it comes to nursing home abuse.
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