Nursing Home Abuse
EXPERIENCED LAWYERS HELPING THE ELDERLY
If you have entrusted care of your elderly relative to a nursing home facility, and they have not only done the job insufficiently, but your loved one has suffered because of their action or inaction, it is important to contact an attorney. There are standards set by the state of Arizona to ensure minimum care for elderly patients at a nursing facility, and there is no excuse for those standards not to be met.
Making a Case Against Elderly Abusers
KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Elder abuse is against the law, and many states, including Arizona, have already enacted more specific laws to protect senior citizens from abusive acts, such as:
- Physical intimidation, including slapping, pushing or shaking
- Forcefully being restricted to one room
- Assault and battery
- Sexual assault and battery
- Unreasonable physical restraint
- Deprivation of food or water for an extended amount of time
- Improperly dispensing or withholding medication
It is unfortunate that the elderly are subjected to abuse and neglect, and it is terribly sad for loved ones to even believe that it could happen to someone they care about. It is important for you to pay attention to your loved one to ensure his or her safety.
Critical Signs to Look For
- Frequent unexplained injuries
- Untreated wounds, cute, bruises, bedsores, or welts
- Complaints from the patient about mistreatment
- Unexplained changes in your loved one’s behaviors or attitude towards the facility
Although having one or more of these signs is not a definitive measure of abuse or neglect, it is a place to start if you have concerns for your loved one’s well-being. Do not dismiss any concerns you might have without talking to someone knowledgeable in the field of nursing home abuse. We have the experience and ability to find out what is going on, and ensuring any abuser pays for his or her crimes.
Nursing home abuse or neglect is a serious matter. When you entrust the care of your elderly loved one to a nursing home facility, you expect that he or she is treated with the respect and care they deserve. If you suspect neglect or abuse is occurring to your loved one, contact an attorney.
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