Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
If you suspect your loved one has suffered due to nursing home neglect or abuse, you may have vexing questions about his or her rights and your legal options. The personal injury lawyers at Satterley & Kelley PLLC in Louisville are here to answer your questions and address your concerns.
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about nursing home abuse and neglect.
What Are Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect?
Victims may behave quiet and withdrawn. They may experience unexplained weight loss or medical setbacks. Poor hygiene may be evident. Bruises, painful bedsores and other injuries may be present.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Neglect Or Abuse?
Remove your loved one from harm’s way as soon as possible. Talk to them, if they are able to communicate. Bring your concerns to the nursing home administrators. If they do not give you a satisfactory answer, talk to an attorney who can help you explore your legal options.
Why Do Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse Occur?
Oftentimes, the root causes of nursing home neglect and abuse are understaffing and mismanagement. In an effort to cut costs, nursing home administrators simply do not have enough qualified staff on hand to properly care for residents. Poor hiring practices also contribute to the problem. When a nursing home fails to adequately screen their new hires, people with violent and abusive tendencies may gain access to helpless residents.
Can I Sue On Behalf Of A Loved One?
If your loved one is incapacitated and unable to make sound judgments for him- or herself, someone close to them may sue on their behalf, but only after obtaining the proper legal authority. This may come in the form of a power of attorney or guardianship, which may already exist with you or another person. An experienced attorney can evaluate your situation to determine the legal steps you need to take to protect your loved one’s interests.
Discuss Your Claim With An Experienced Lawyer
If you have questions about your specific situation, our attorneys are here to answer them. Contact us online or by telephone at 800-655-2117 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced nursing home neglect attorney in Louisville.