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Nursing Home Neglect

Learn more about the signs and action steps you can take if you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to mistreatment in a nursing home environment.

You've trusted a loved one was in great care at a nursing home facility and now are dealing with injuries

Wanting the best for your aging parents or family members is only natural. You did your research, read reviews, and picked out what you thought to be the best option for your family. Unfortunately, there are cases where the unthinkable can happen. When you work with Palmer Injury Lawyers you can rest assured that we will fight to protect those you love from nursing home abuse.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common type of nursing home abuse is emotional abuse (also known as verbal or psychological abuse) when someone insults or threatens a resident. Over 32% of nursing home staff members say they have emotionally abused residents, according to the WHO.

Consequences. Abuse of older people can have serious physical and mental health, financial, and social consequences, including, for instance, physical injuries, premature mortality, depression, cognitive decline, financial devastation and placement in nursing homes.

If you think an elderly person in a nursing home might be being abused but they haven’t said anything to you, there are things you can do to help. Ask the staff about the facility’s daily schedule and be sure to keep a record. Talk to other families who may have a loved one in the facility in question Get a free consultation with us to find out your rights. Keep a record of all of the instances when you noticed abuse or neglect.

  • Appearing afraid of their caregiver.
  • Appearing depressed or withdrawn.
  • Appearing shyer than usual.
  • Avoiding eye contact.
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
  • Engaging in self-harm.
  • Having low self-esteem.
  • Isolating from friends and family.

Abuse may include verbal and non-verbal threats, harassment, and geographic or interpersonal isolation. Neglect is the failure to meet an older adult’s basic needs, which include food, water, shelter, clothing, hygiene, and essential medical care.

What does a personal injury from a nursing home look like?

What to do if you think you have a personal injury case

  • Remain calm and rational.
  • Question home staff and management. They should be supportive.
  • Speak to the affected elder about what happened.
  • Be thorough and take notes.
  • If there is imminent danger, call the police.
  • Report to National Center on Elder Abuse 1-800-677-1116

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