Determined Injury Attorneys Combat Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Aggressive representation for injured seniors and their families
If you have an elder loved one in a skilled nursing home facility, you’d like to be confident about the care they’re getting. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities happen all too often. In fact, studies have shown that 10 percent of elders in a community care setting suffer physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we view elder abuse and neglect as a national scandal. Our medical malpractice attorneys are determined to provide the aggressive representation you need to hold nursing home facilities accountable and recover full compensation for harm.
How neglect hurts elderly nursing home residents
Many nursing homes are conscientious about meeting the needs of elderly residents. But due to poor management, lax hiring practices, failure to supervise employees and other problems, too many facilities neglect residents, causing unnecessary injuries. Common harm from neglect includes:
- Failure to diagnose illnesses
- Medication errors
- Unsanitary and unhygienic conditions
Neglect can also cause emotional and psychological problems, as an elder feels abandoned, hopeless, and depressed.
Common types of abuse in nursing home settings
As bad as neglect can be, the deliberate abuse of vulnerable seniors is even worse. Common acts of abuse by nursing home staff against elderly residents include:
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal belittling
- Unreasonable use of restraints
Studies also show that about 40 percent of elder abuse is financial exploitation. Although we commonly associate this activity with swindlers who use the telephone to con seniors out of their savings, extortion and theft are common practices in nursing homes.
Signs that your elder loved one may be a victim
If you are concerned for an elder loved one in a nursing home facility, you have to know the signs of abuse and neglect and be vigilant whenever you visit. Common indicators include:
- A change in your loved one’s mood
- A drop in your loved one’s energy level
- Emotional withdrawal
- Red spots on the heals, elbows, buttocks and back of the head where bedsores could develop
- Unexplained bruising
- Unhygienic conditions
- Unpleasant odors
- Weight loss
Be sure to make your concerns known to the facility’s management and demand answers. A good strategy is to visit often, varying the day and time of your arrival, so the staff doesn’t know when to expect you.
Pursuing legal remedies for elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes
If problems persist, you must take action. Nursing homes are liable for any harm to residents that results from the facility’s negligence or the negligent acts or omissions of their staff. The facilities are also liable for their staff’s deliberate acts and omissions when management has been negligent in their hiring, training and supervision of those employees. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, our personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys aggressively pursue damages for injuries and wrongful death. Our goal is to fully compensate our clients while forcing substandard nursing homes to make conditions safer for all residents.
Contact our malpractice lawyers to fight nursing home abuse and neglect
If you have seen signs of abuse or neglect of your elder loved one at a nursing facility, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban may be able to help. When seniors have been harmed, we are ready to hold negligent parties accountable. Call us today at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we have offices throughout North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia.