When you place your loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be cared for. Unfortunately, there are always a few bad apples who do not care for your loved one as they should. If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home due to someone's actions or neglect, you may be able to file a nursing home abuse case with the help of a personal injury attorney. Here are three of the signs that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse.
Bruising, Scrapes, Scratches, or Other Signs of Injury
One of the most common signs that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse is physical signs of injury. This may include bruising, scratches, scrapes, strains, sprains, or broken bones. Some of these injuries may be caused by a staff member physically assaulting your loved one. Another cause for these injuries may be caused by staff neglecting and not providing the needed care to your loved one, causing your loved one to fall, run into things, or injure themselves.
Emotional Signs of Distress
Another common sign that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse is a change in their behavior or emotional signs of distress. If your loved one is being abused or neglected, they may show signs of stress, may become anxious, may become more secluded, may experience nightmares, or may have trouble concentrating. If your loved one's behavior has changed, it is important to ask them what is going on to try to get to the bottom of the changes.
Signs of Neglect
The last sign that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse is signs of neglect. Your loved one should be being cared for in a nursing home. This includes the staff helping your loved one with their personal hygiene. If your loved one appears to be dirty, disheveled, or not well-cared for when you visit, they might be neglected. This can lead to dental issues, bed sores, infections, and depression.
If your loved one is displaying any signs of nursing home abuse, you need to contact the proper authorities to investigate. If they conclude neglect or abuse has occurred, you may be able to file a personal injury case. If this has happened, contact personal injury law firms like Nelson Fromer & Crocco Law Offices today for a free consultation to find out if you may have a case.