Nursing home staff and administrators have a serious responsibility to protect the health and well-being of our loved ones who have been entrusted to their care. Unfortunately, far too many nursing homes neglect the physical and emotional needs of their elderly residents, exposing them to the very real risk of serious illness or injury as a result. In these circumstances, families may need to take legal action in order to ensure that their loved ones get the justice they deserve.
Nursing home neglect can take many different forms, but in all situations, neglect that leads to harm to an elderly individual may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we understand how devastating it is for Racine residents to cope with the ramifications of nursing home neglect and, as such, make it our mission to fight for justice in these difficult situations.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect can manifest in a variety of ways, including:
When a nursing home resident is subjected to such mistreatment, those responsible for the improper care should be held accountable. Additionally, it may be necessary to file a medical malpractice claim should your loved one not receive proper medical care while in a nursing home.
Nursing home abuse refers to when a caretaker actively and intentionally causes harm to a patient. The four types of nursing home abuse are physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse. On the other hand, nursing home neglect can fall under two separate categories. The first, active neglect, refers to situations when a nursing home employee intentionally fails to provide a patient with the care they need. The second, passive neglect, refers to the unintentional failure of a caretaker to tend to a patient’s needs. All types of nursing home abuse and neglect are unacceptable. Our lawyers will be able to help you through this difficult time.
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect come in many forms. There are, however, some telltale signs for which to be on the lookout. These include bedsores, bruising, poor personal hygiene, weight loss, and unsanitary living conditions. It can often be more difficult to detect psychological physical abuse. If you notice sudden or severe personality changes in your loved one, it may be a sign of nursing home abuse. In addition, if your family member becomes reclusive or distant, you may want to start asking questions, because it may be a sign of abuse or neglect.
Notify the nursing home administration as soon as possible. Then, the administration will be required to investigate your suspicions and report your complaint to state agencies. You may also want to call the Adult Protective Services of the state where the abuse occurred. Gather all the information you can about the incident and be prepared to provide details. You will need your loved one’s basic information, as well as the address of the nursing home. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help you through the legal process of reporting and fighting against nursing home abuse.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we have the tools and resources necessary to effectively represent clients in a wide range of different nursing home neglect cases. Thus, if your loved one has suffered as the result of nursing home neglect, consider taking legal action, as those responsible for this type of reprehensible treatment need to be held accountable. You can reach us at (414) 271-0900.