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Unfortunately, nursing home abuse in adult care facilities is a growing trend, as chronic understaffing, due to profit motives by providers, continues to create situations ripe for abuse. A survey conducted by the U. S. General Accounting Office, reveals that more than one fourth of U.S. nursing homes had deficiencies that either caused harm to residents or put them at risk for death or serious injury.
Many times, the very facilities that are entrusted with the care of loved ones break this trust, violating the rights and safety of nursing home residents. According to a study brought before the United States Senate over a decade ago, nearly one in every three facilities had been found guilty of abuse; the study also added that this rate could be expected to increase. If you have a family member or a friend in a nursing home facility, you need to be aware of the various forms elder abuse can take and their warnings signs, as well as how you and your Raleigh nursing home abuse lawyer can take action.
Whether it is from staff members or other residents, many nursing home residents are at risk for physical and sexual abuses, as well as verbal and emotional abuses.
Signs a family should look for when they suspect neglect or abuse:
The above injuries occur from residents not being taken to the toilet properly, not fed properly, given insufficient fluids, over medicated, dropping residents causing bruising and fractures, ignoring requests from residents, from call lights not being answered properly, residents being left in bed all day or not moved while in bed. These are all forms of neglect which occur on a much more frequent basis in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The following is a checklist that the justice center has developed for family members to look for if they have a loved one residing in a nursing home and/or assisted living facility.
Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys also prepared a list of possible criteria for establishing a case against a nursing home. If any of the below has happened to your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact the nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Whitley Law Firm as soon as possible.
Sometimes, a facility will take security measures too far, trying to keep a resident from wandering or leaving a spot by depriving a resident of access to crutches or a wheelchair. This abuse can lead to dehydration and malnutrition as well as emotional harm. Neglect in nursing homes can take many forms, and this can be just as dangerous as outright abuse. For instance, if a patient who needs help eating, and staff members forget to regularly help this patient, he or she can quickly face dehydration and malnourishment.
As for financial abuse, this can look like anyone who defrauds a resident, takes property, or even has a resident include them in a will or trust. If you notice a lot of money leaving a resident’s bank account, a lot of items going missing, or new estate plan documents being drawn up, you may need to investigate f there has been exploitation.
If you see anything that causes you to suspect that these criminal actions have occurred, or if you are told about instances of abuse, here is what you can do:
If you are looking for a legal professional to pursue justice on you and a loved one’s behalf, you can rely on the Whitley Law Firm. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers in Raleigh have nearly 40 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims, decades of fighting for the rights of the injured and of families who have lost loved ones. We understand that this is likely a difficult time for you, and we are ready to provide compassionate and effective advocacy, to ensure that legal snags and technicalities do not get in the way of achieving just results.