Nursing Home Negligence/Abuse

Each year, thousands of Americans enroll in nursing home programs with the expectation that they will be cared for in a healthy and respectful manner. While many of these nursing home residents complete their stays in nursing homes without incidents, there are occasions when nursing home residents will suffer from abuse from their caretakers.

Nursing home residents are often highly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. These elderly residents must rely on the nursing home and its staff for many aspects of daily living which the rest of us take for granted such as: bathing, feeding, provision of medication, and other activities. When proper care is not provided, nursing home residents can suffer serious injuries or even death.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms and be difficult to identify, especially if your loved one is not willing or able to report the problem or those responsible. Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse include the following:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse

Neglect and failure to provide adequate care can often be just as harmful as intentional abuse. Some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect include the following:

  • Lack of supervision or monitoring
  • Delayed medical care
  • Isolation
  • Lack of proper hygiene
  • Unsanitary facilities
  • Improper medication

Nursing home abuse or neglect may be detected by bed sores, weight loss, unusual or unexplained injuries, mental/emotional withdrawal, or other sudden changes in behavior or appearance. Please be aware, however, that these conditions can be the result of the natural progression of age or disease and do not always point to abuse or neglect. To help protect your loved one, you should make frequent visits to the nursing home facility in order to monitor your loved one’s care. While you are there you should take care to look for any unusual occurrences or behavior and promptly report your concerns to the facility administrator or supervisor. For further aid in investigating your suspicions, contact Mr. Brito for advice and guidance.

Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Claim

The Law Offices of Eduardo A. Brito has the knowledge and resources to handle even the most complex claims. Mr. Brito will personally evaluate your case and, if appropriate, assist you in filing a personal injury claim. In the event that nursing home abuse or neglect led to your loved one’s premature death, a wrongful death claim may be pursued. We can help you determine the best course of legal action for you and your family.

For cases involving serious personal injury, a claim may seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and additional damages. In cases involving the wrongful death of an elderly loved one, the Law Offices of Eduardo A. Brito may also be able to obtain compensation for funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

If you suspect that your elderly family member is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, the Law Offices of Eduardo A. Brito can help. Mr. Brito believes in aggressively protecting victims’ rights and he will help you to hold those who have caused harm to your elderly family member accountable for their actions. We are dedicated to protecting and asserting the rights of innocent victims. Contact the Law Office of Eduardo A. Brito to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Brito today.