When you make the decision to move your loved one into a skilled nursing care home or assisted living facility, you expect that the staff will treat your family member with the dignity and respect they deserve. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, as nursing home abuse is shockingly common in nursing homes across the country.
No senior should ever have to suffer because of nursing home staff negligence or outright abuse. When your elderly loved one has endured unnecessary trauma and pain because of mistreatment, our Clackamas nursing home abuse lawyers at The Gatti Law Firm can help you put an end to it – and seek restitution for their suffering. We can also help you investigate those responsible for the abuse, and ensure that they are held accountable under the law.
For a free consultation, contact our legal team at (503) 543-1114 today or message us online.
Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
It’s estimated that over 1 in 10 elderly individuals have experienced some form of abuse or neglect, and yet nursing homes fail to report abusive incidents in nearly a third of all cases. The spectrum for these incidents is broad, and can range from sexual abuse to financial exploitation to a lack of sufficient medical care. Given that 13% of the population is over 65 years old – and that the aging population grows with every passing year – millions of nursing home residents may continue to be affected by abuse and neglect unless these facilities are held accountable.
It can often be difficult for family members and loved ones to identify the signs of neglect, however, as they can be quite subtle in some cases. By claiming that seniors inflicted their own wounds, or that senior injuries and illnesses are just “part of the aging process,” nursing homes are often able to get away with carelessness and outright predatory behavior at their facilities.
Here are some of the signs that your loved one may be suffering from abuse:
- Unexplained bruises, bleeding, and lesions
- Poor grooming, such as unkempt hair, long fingernails, and dirty clothes
- Unusual changes in behavior
- Increased depression, anxiety, and paranoia
- Fear or avoidance of certain staff members
- Rapid weight loss or weight gain
- Pressure sores or bedsores
- Unexplained bone fractures and serious injuries
Committed to Protecting Your Loved Ones
No matter what your loved one has experienced at the hands of negligent nursing home staff, our team will get to the bottom of your injury claim and pursue maximum compensation from all parties involved. There’s no room for abuse and neglect at our nation’s nursing homes, and by gathering documentation and preparing a legal case, we may be able to help secure a better financial future for your loved one and family.
Ready to speak with our Clackamas nursing home team? Call (503) 543-1114 to receive a free consultation.