When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect them to receive proper care. If they need medical care or help with everyday tasks, you should be able to trust the staff at the home to provide this care. However, sometimes your loved one may not be getting the care they deserve. While this can be devastating to learn, there are steps you can take to get them justice. An experienced Gulfport nursing home abuse lawyer from Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law will stand by your loved one’s side and hold the neglectful party accountable for their actions.
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
If you’re wondering about the care your loved one is receiving, there are some signs of nursing home abuse and neglect you should know. It’s important to know that abuse typically involves the willful act of inflicting harm, whereas neglect happens because the nursing home isn’t capable of meeting your loved one’s needs. Both can put your loved one’s health and wellbeing in danger.
- Physical Abuse. If your loved one is dealing with physical abuse, this may occur if someone is hitting, kicking, roughly handling, or exerting force in a way that causes cuts, bruises, welts, and sometimes broken bones.
- Mental Abuse. When staff is rude, make threats, or speak down to your loved one, they are mentally abusing them. Those who are mentally abused may seem more withdrawn.
- Financial Abuse. Suspicious activity to your loved one’s bank account or changes in wills or deeds could indicate someone is taking advantage of your loved one. Many seniors may not realize someone is stealing from them.
- Sexual Abuse. Signs of sexual abuse include STDs, pain in genital areas, or trouble with walking. Whenever someone forces something sexual on your loved one, they are being sexually abused. This could also include looking at inappropriate pictures or forced nudity.
- Resident-on-Resident Abuse. If another resident is abusing your loved one, the nursing home should take measures to recognize the problem and solve it. Your loved one shouldn’t have to worry about abuse from another resident.
- Self-Neglect. Your loved one may reach a point where they’re no longer able to take care of themselves. Not eating, cooking, or taking medication can indicate this.
- Neglect. If the home is neglecting your loved one, they may not be getting medication, meals, or hygiene maintenance. Signs of this can be malnutrition, have bad breath, are in soiled clothes, or have developed bed sores.
Physical abuse isn’t the only way that your loved one may sustain injuries. When your loved one is neglected and they aren’t getting the attention they need, they may also be at risk of falling and sustaining severe injuries to their head, spine, or hips. A senior who needs help walking may try to get up to go to the bathroom on their own because staff wasn’t attending to them in a timely matter. The senior could lose their balance, injure themselves, and they could be stuck until someone comes to help them.
Now that you know the ways that abuse and neglect can occur, you can keep an eye out for these signs when you visit your loved one. As you’re visiting, you may want to go during less popular visiting times. When the nursing home can expect many families visiting, they may seem more alert and on top of things. You’ll get a better idea of what the day to day is like if you go when they don’t expect this.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Loved One?
If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately. They’ll be able to help you get your loved one is a safe place. However, if you’re unsure if abuse is occurring, there are other resources you can turn toward who will help investigate your loved one’s treatment at their home.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services lists the following resources:
- Division of Aging and Adult Services
- Vulnerable Person Abuse Hotline
You can also contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Those who work in this program advocate for nursing home residents. They can help solve problems and handle complaints. Confidentiality is also an important aspect of the Ombudsman program. Their goal is to improve quality of life for those who live in a nursing home.
While it’s terrible that nursing home abuse and neglect happen, know there are plenty of resources dedicated to helping nursing home residents get the care they need in a safe environment. You can also file a nursing home abuse claim with an experienced lawyer at your side.
Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law Serving Gulfport
Gulfport, Mississippi is a beautiful place to retire. It’s no wonder there are so many nursing homes in the area. Your loved one deserves to live in a nursing home that provides the best care and gives them the individual attention they need. If your loved one’s nursing home isn’t meeting the necessary qualifications to provide them the quality of life they deserve and is harming your loved one’s health, we’re here to help.
Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law will carefully investigate your loved one’s case. We’ll review what happened to them, who they were on contact with, and how this abuse or neglect was able to happen. When we’re assessing the economic damages of the abuse like the costs of medical care, we’ll also take the emotional toll into account. Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are likely consequences of elder abuse and neglect. When we have calculated a fair compensation amount, we’ll fight for your loved one to get the maximum amount they’re owed.
We’re prepared to take on the nursing home in the legal process. They may try to reduce the pain and suffering your loved one went through in an effort to reduce the claim or they may offer a settlement that’s less than your loved one deserves. If no agreement can be reached, we’ll defend your loved one in court and make sure the nursing home is held accountable for their negligence.
Taking a case to court can seem intimidating, but it may be the best way to get justice for your loved one. This action may also make the nursing home review their policies and procedures and make changes so this doesn’t happen again.
Seek Legal Options Today
When you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim, it’s important to act quickly. You’ll have to file within the given statute of limitations so your case is valid and you’re eligible for compensation. Our lawyers will be able to tell you the time frame you have.
Beginning the legal process as soon as possible also means you’ll be able to preserve physical evidence that may provide strong support for your case. Photographs of injuries or states of neglect such as a loved one’s bedroom, clothes, or meals provided will help show the nursing home’s wrongdoings.
Realizing your loved one was abused in a place where they were supposed to be safe is tragic, but we’re here to help you stand up for your loved one. When you need a Gulfport nursing home abuse lawyer, get in touch with Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law. In an obligation-free consultation, we’ll go over what happened to your loved one and review your options. Together, we can help you find the best way to move forward.