Nursing home abuse may be taking place with your loved one without your knowledge. Be vigilant and if you spot something wrong, contact our law office immediately.
Nursing home or elder abuse is a common problem. Many nursing homes or caregivers subject our elderly to both physical and emotional abuse. This is inexcusable. Abuse may include malnutrition, dehydration, bed sores, unexpected bruises or fractures emotional abuse, and even financial exploitation.
What are the Signs & Indications of Abuse or Neglect?
- Neglect: This may occur when there is dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, poor hygiene, depression, sudden outbursts of anger, bruises and fractures.
- Unexpected death: This occurs when elderly die suddenly and unexpected in the care of a nursing home or caregiver.
- Malnutrition: This occurs when elderly are deprived from food, liquids or medicine. Signs may include weight loss, lack of energy, and loss of color. Dehydration: This occurs when nursing homes or caregivers fail to maintain proper levels of fluid in the body of elderly. Bedsores (decubitus ulcers or pressure sores): Bedsores are pressure-induced skin ulcerations that develop when an individual’s body part is subjected to prolonged pressure. This may occur with sitting or lying down in one place for a long period of time. There are several stages of bedsores, which may include small patches of redness to infected areas that are deteriorating.
- Falls: This occurs when elderly are dropped by staff during transfers from wheelchairs, beds or other furniture. This may also occur when people are left alone and unattended for long periods of time.
- Physical Abuse: This occurs with elderly have bruises, marks or fractures.
- Emotional Abuse: Elderly are sometimes subjected to verbal abuse and ridicule. Signs may include unexpected anger, nervousness or withdrawal.
- Financial Exploitation: This may include suspicious bank withdrawals, use of a credit card, missing cash or jewelry, changes in a will/trust/power of attorney, and forged signature.
There are various types of nursing home abuse cases. These include: malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, falls, physical injuries, neglect, financial exploitation, and emotional and sexual abuse. Nursing home cases requires a good investigation and knowledge of the law. It is important to hire an experienced attorney to help determine liability.
There are laws in Arizona that protect our elderly from such abuse. Arizona Revised Statutes address mandatory reporting of elder abuse and related immunity from liability. These reporting statutes are not in conflict with the federal laws that address privacy and confidentiality.
Why Trust in Gonzales & Poirier with Your Nursing Abuse Case?
Our law firm understands that there are numerous ways abuse can take place, such as bedsores, death, falls, dehydration, and other instances of neglect. If you suspect any neglect of a loved one, you need to call the experienced attorneys of Gonzales & Poirier at (855) 774-5400 immediately. We offer free consultations any time of day.