Savannah Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
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Unlike verbal or physical abuse, which is committed with the intent to harm, nursing home neglect is often the result of negligence and indifference. It can also result from staff members being overworked or undertrained, or a facility being understaffed to the point where staff members do not have enough time to properly care for everyone.
At first glance, it may seem like simple neglect isn’t as bad as something like physical abuse, the signs of which can be more apparent. However, neglecting a resident of the necessities they need to live can be just as horrific and can lead to serious health issues or even death.
If you suspect your loved one may be neglected by caretakers at their nursing home, please don’t wait until it gets worse. Contact our Savannah nursing home neglect attorneys today and see how we can help you pursue justice and get compensated.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can come in many forms. Any time a nursing home resident’s needs are not met in a reasonable timeframe, they are being neglected. Nursing home neglect can also come in the form of physical, emotional, or medical neglect.
Some common types of nursing home neglect include:
- Failure to provide food, water, clean clothing, shelter, and sufficient comfort
- Failure to administer appropriate medications
- Failure to turn residents in their beds to prevent bedsores
- Failure to assist residents in the bathroom
- Failure to properly care for residents’ hygiene
- Failure to provide safety and take precautions against falls
- Failure to tend to basic social needs
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Many residents feel reluctant or afraid to tell their loved ones when they experience neglect. In fact, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, for every case of nursing home abuse or neglect that is reported, five incidents go unreported. A resident also may be physically unable to communicate to someone that they are being neglected.
Loved ones must pay attention to signs that may indicate nursing home neglect, including:
- Bedsores or ulcers
- Rapid weight loss (not attributed to illness)
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Poor hygiene
- Unsanitary living conditions, such as dirty bedding and clothes
- Symptoms resulting from a drop in the resident’s medication or medical assistance
- Frozen joints
- Recurring infections or illnesses
- Unexplained death
Put a Stop to the Neglect
The nursing home is responsible for caring for your loved one. If they fail to do so, they may be held liable in court for negligence. If something happens to your loved one due to nursing home neglect, they are entitled to compensation for their suffering, as well as the care and attention necessary for their health and happiness.
Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys is here to help you and your family navigate this tough situation. We are passionate about giving injured and neglected elders a voice. It’s time to drop the hammer and hold the negligent nursing home accountable.
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