No one wants to think that their loved one could be suffering from nursing
home abuse. However, as
San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we know that it happens more often than many believe.
In addition, many nursing home cases go unreported. Victims are often too
afraid to report the abuse for fear of retaliation or embarrassment or
simply do not know that they are being abused.
With this in mind, we encourage friends and family members to look out
for signs of abuse when visiting loved ones in nursing homes this holiday
season. It is also important to remember that abuse can take many forms.
For instance, signs of mental abuse can include depression, agitation,
anxiety, withdrawal, and hesitation to talk openly. Bruises, scratches,
broken bones, and sudden weight loss can also signal physical abuse. Finally,
your loved one may be suffering from neglect if you notice poor hygiene,
malnutrition and/or dehydration, bedsores, or staffing problems at the facility.
If your loved one has unexplained injuries, bed sores, or any of the above
warning signs, and you are suspicious of elder abuse or nursing home negligence,
it is important to report it immediately. In addition, you may be able
to file a personal injury lawsuit, including a wrongful death action if
the elder abuse has led to death.