When we make the difficult decision to entrust our family members to a nursing home, we do so with the expectation that they will receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence is a harsh reality that many families face. It’s a distressing situation, but it’s essential to take action when negligence is suspected to ensure the safety and well-being of your loved ones.
Recognize the Signs of Neglect in Nursing Homes
The first step to addressing nursing home negligence is recognizing the signs. Neglect can manifest in various ways, and it’s not always easy to identify. Common signs of nursing home negligence include:
- Unexplained injuries, bruises, bedsores, rapid weight loss, or malnutrition.
- If your loved one is withdrawn, anxious, or depressed.
- Lack of personal hygiene, soiled clothes, unclean living spaces, or unwashed for extended periods.
- Mistakes in medication administration can lead to unexpected side effects or worsening health conditions.
- Residents aren’t provided opportunities for social interaction or engagement in activities.
Taking Action Against Nursing Home Negligence
Once you’re suspicious of nursing home negligence, it’s important to take action promptly. Here are some steps you can take to lawfully take action against the facility:
- Document everything by taking photos and writing down dates, times, and descriptions.
- Speak to your loved one because they might be able to provide valuable information.
- Contact the facility to express your concerns and ask for an explanation.
- If your concerns remain unresolved, consult with an attorney with experience in nursing home negligence.
- If you’ve gathered enough information and evidence, report it to the appropriate authorities, such as Adult Protective Services.
- Take your loved one to receive the necessary medical care. This will also help the case against the facility if the medical center finds something that was misdiagnosed or mistreated.
Start Your Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit
Taking action against nursing home negligence is a challenging and often emotional process. However, it’s a vital step to ensure the safety, well-being, and dignity of our elderly loved ones. Contact one of our experienced lawyers at Holder Susan Slusher, LLC, to discuss the potential lawsuit of your loved ones’ nursing home neglect. We’d be happy to discuss your case and explore legal options together. Call our office in Columbia, MO, at 573-499-1700 or fill out our contact form online.