Placing a loved one in a nursing home is usually an emotional decision, but will benefit your loved one because they will receive the care and attention they need in a community where they can have a high quality of life. When nursing homes don’t take care of their residents, the result can be devastating injuries or a downturn in mental health. Your loved one won’t have the quality of life they deserve, and an abusive or neglectful environment could but their life at stake. If your loved one is being abused at their long-term care facility in Maryland, a Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyer from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz LLC can help you with your claim.
With our lawyers at your side, your loved one’s rights will be protected. We will fight to get them compensation for what they’ve endured. We won’t settle for anything less than your loved one deserves and are prepared to take the case to court.
What Are the Types of Nursing Home Abuse?
Elder abuse can occur in several forms. While some of the abuse can happen because a person who is supposed to provide care has malicious intentions, it can also occur when a nursing home is understaffed. Not having enough people can mean they’re overworked and can’t get to every resident to attend to all of their needs. This is no excuse for abuse or neglect to occur, but it does mean that some residences aren’t run as well as others.
The different types of elder abuse are:
- Physical. Ranging from being handled too roughly or actions like pushing and hitting are forms of physical abuse.
- Emotional/Psychological. This kind of abuse includes swearing, insulting, and putting down seniors with negative language. There can also be a factor of keeping the elder from friends or social activities.
- Financial Some seniors living in nursing homes may have dementia or another form of memory loss. People can take advantage of their confusion or memory loss and use it to steal the elder’s money.
- Sexual. Assault, unwanted touching, or any form of sexual contact without consent is sexual abuse. Those with memory loss or communication issues may not be able to verbalize what’s happening to them.
- Neglect. General neglect is when the senior doesn’t get the care they need. This could be not getting their proper medication, failing to provide assistance with hygiene or doing everyday tasks, or not giving the senior what they need to have a high quality of life.
- Elopement. Seniors may have a tendency to wander. Nursing homes are supposed to have safety measures that will prevent their residents from getting out of the home and possibly getting hurt or lost outside.
No one deserves to be treated this way, especially those who may not be able to speak up for themselves. Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz LLC is dedicated to helping victims of nursing home abuse in Maryland. We’ll make sure their voices are heard.
Has Your Loved One Been Injured in an Elder Care Facility?
You may suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, but don’t know what to look for. There are a few signs you can check when you’re visiting. It may also help if you visit often and not during typical peak visiting times. Speaking to other families of residents may also give you a better idea of the home.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
- Unexplained Injuries. While an occasional bump may happen, multiple bruises, cuts, bedsores or other physical marks are not normal. More serious unexplained injuries like broken bones could be from falls, which could indicate a fair amount of neglect from staff. Falls usually happen when a senior who needs assistance with mobility tries to do something on their own because there isn’t someone there to help them, like getting up to go to the bathroom or reaching for something.
- Verbal Complaints. Your loved one may complain about treatment at the home or express fear or sadness when you’re visiting them.
- Malnourishment/Dehydration. Nutrition and hydration are essential for seniors to stay healthy and prevent illness. If you notice a significant weight drop or your loved one is visibly dehydrated, they may not be getting the care they need.
- Change in Mood and Behavior. Elder abuse can change a talkative and happy person to someone who’s withdrawn and moody. Sudden inability to communicate or lack of lucidity could be signs of overmedication.
- Poor Personal Hygiene. Your loved one should be bathed and in fresh clothes regularly, as well as having fresh sheets in their bed. If you notice they’re in stained or soiled clothes, they’re not getting proper care.
- Unsanitary Environment. Look around the nursing home in general. It should be clean and sanitary to reduce the chance of disease and also to provide a comforting environment to the residents.
If you see one or more of these signs, it’s time to get in touch with a nursing home negligence lawyer. They will help guide you throughout this process so you can help your loved one get out of an abusive environment and in a place where they can get the care they need.
Let a Baltimore Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Help You
While recognizing that your loved one is being mistreated is upsetting and overwhelming, you can get help for them. The elder abuse lawyers at Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz will investigate your love one’s case and find evidence to support the claim. We will stand up for your loved one’s rights and hold the abusive nursing home accountable for their actions.
Give us a call today at (800) 895-5333 to schedule a free consultation of your case. You’ll have peace of mind that someone is looking out for your loved one’s best interests.