How To Identify Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

Discovering abuse or neglect of a loved one in a nursing home breaks a bond of trust. If your loved one is under the care of nursing home staff, you need to be aware of any and all signs of neglect and abuse. While some acts against nursing home residents are physical, abuse and neglect can also be psychological in nature.

If you discover a pattern of violence or isolation, take immediate action with a phone call to Furr & Henshaw. You can call us at 803-250-6829 (Columbia) or 843-213-6737 (Myrtle Beach), or reach us online. Our lawyers combine compassion, skill and resources in pursuing justice and maximizing compensation in holding nursing homes accountable for injuries and death.

Getting To The Facts

When selecting a nursing home, you want to find a facility that is run well and offers a safe environment. During your visits, you may witness staff interacting with your family member and other residents. You may suspect that something is not quite right. Your family member may allege mistreatment.

Instances of violence and neglect are not always easy to identify, but there are signs of nursing home abuse that include:

  • Physical abuse or assaults that result in bruising, wounds, cuts or other unexplained injuries, including broken bones and fractured hips
  • Complaints by a resident of being forced to stay in his or her room for lengthy periods of time
  • A resident requesting to be left isolated from others
  • Fights with other residents
  • Emotionally upset or agitated or withdrawn and non-communicative
  • Unusual behavior such as rocking or nail biting
  • Unreasonable physical or chemical restraints
  • Signs of dehydration, malnutrition or bedsores
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Lack of personal hygiene and other unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Unexplained or unexpected death
  • Caretakers who cannot explain injuries or behavior adequately

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If you have been seriously injured or someone close to you has died, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced trial lawyer. You will not pay any attorneys' fees unless our firm helps you recover compensation.