FAQs About Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
What are signs of nursing home abuse?
Family members of nursing home residents are strongly encouraged to keep an eye out for signs of physical, mental, verbal, or emotional abuse, which can take a number of forms, including:
- Unexplained weight loss or other evidence of malnutrition or dehydration;
- Dislocated joints, fractures, welts, or bruises;
- Unexplained injuries of any kind
- Restraint marks;
- Untreated bed sores;
- Unexplained depression or nervousness;
- Insomnia; or
How to report nursing home abuse?
If you suspect elder neglect and abuse, report the care facility immediately. How to go about this will depend on your state and local laws and regulations. The best way to find out is to look up how to report nursing home abuse in your state and follow the guidelines for your local area. This may include contacting an elder law hotline or submitting a form on a government website.
How an attorney can help with elder abuse?
An experienced attorney can ensure that the criminals at the care facility will be held accountable for the damage they wrought on not only your loved ones, but others as well. An elder law attorney can also fight for your claim to monetary compensation for losses and emotional and physical damage. Contact Henness & Haight today to learn more about how we can help with elder abuse.
The Reality of Elder Abuse
Unfortunately, despite elder law, many nursing homes fail to provide an adequate standard of care to residents and patients. In fact, one congressional report estimated that around 30 percent of nursing homes in the nation received citations for violating either state or federal regulations over the course of two years. For this reason,
When evidence of nursing home neglect and abuse is collected and presented to a court, injured parties (or their loved ones operating on their behalf) could recover damages compensating them for medical expenses related to treatment, nursing home costs and fees, the loss of any valuable personal property, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Contact Our Las Vegas Nursing Home Abuse Legal Team
Although recovering monetary damages can never compensate a person for the abuse they endured at a nursing home, it can go a long way towards helping them start the road to recovery. To learn more about Nevada’s nursing home abuse laws and how they impact your loved one’s rights, please call (702) 805-HELP and schedule a free consultation with the experienced nursing home injury and elder abuse attorneys in Las Vegas at Henness & Haight today.