Many families decide to place a loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home because they feel that the facility will be more equipped to provide the necessary care. In most cases, this is the correct assumption. When injuries do occur, it usually because the nursing home is understaffed and the employees are undertrained to provide the necessary care.
Have you noticed bedsores or other unexplainable injuries on your loved one? These injuries may be the result of simple neglect on behalf of the nursing home employees or it could be due to something more sinister such as abuse. Elderly individuals are the most vulnerable members of our society and some may not even have the physical ability to communicate. It normally takes an alert and inquisitive family member to discover when an unexplainable injury to their loved one has occurred.
Whether it is neglect or abuse, an experienced attorney will know how to gather the evidence to help prove your protect the rights of your loved one. If you notice signs such as head injuries, broken bones, bedsores, bruises, poor hygiene or lethargy, please do not hesitate to act. It is very important that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible so that the evidence may be preserved.