Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
WHAT IS NURSING HOME NEGLECT AND ABUSE?
Nursing home neglect is a type of elder abuse committed against older adults in nursing homes. It involves the substandard care of a resident or a breach of duty that harms a resident.
Nursing home neglect can look many different ways, including:
- Medical neglect
- Neglect of basic needs
- Neglect of personal hygiene
- Social or emotional neglect
Every year as many as 5,000,000 elders are abused every year inside of a nursing home. There is no excuse for neglect or abuse within a nursing home, but these things can happen for many reasons, including poorly qualified and inadequately trained staff, staff with a history of violence, sparse employee staffing, and reluctance of residents to report abuse out of fear for retaliation.
Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing home neglect is on a rise. With nursing homes on lockdown and family members no being allowed to visit their loved ones, it becomes a lot easier for neglect to happen. As family members, you need to look out for your loved ones, especially during the lockdown. Call your loved ones often and listen for signs of abuse. Signs you can look for to assess whether or not your family member is being neglected or abused include; broken bones, unexplained injuries, malnutrition, dehydration, and unexpected death.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to neglect or abuse in a nursing home, contact Friedman Law Offices. Although we are located in Lincoln, we successfully advocate for clients throughout the state.
Call us at 888-419-6876 for an immediate evaluation of your case. An initial consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you get paid. This helps take the stress off your family.