Common Nursing Home Abuse Cases

Almost 33% of all U.S. nursing homes received citations for patient abuse between the years of 1999 and 2001. According to a CBS News report, "The reported abuses were physical, sexual and verbal. All abuse is on the rise, the report said. More than twice as many nursing homes were cited for abuse in 2000 than in 1996. In 1996, 5.9 percent of all nursing homes were cited for an abuse violation during their annual inspections; in 2000, 16 percent of nursing homes were cited. The report found that in 1,601 nursing homes - about 1 in 10 - abuse citations were made in serious incidents that either put residents at great risk of harm, injured them or killed them."

The helpless victims, in many cases, have lost their rights to be treated with dignity, respect and quality care, despite the fact that thousands of families trust nursing homes and elder care facilities to provide this care every day. Unfortunately for the elderly victims of these cowardly crimes, the negligence and abuse that occurs can be difficult to prove. Even if it can be proven that an elderly loved one is being harmed, proving who is responsible is yet one more stumbling block. If your elderly loved one resides in a nursing home and your suspect nursing home abuse, trust your instincts.

You will need assistance in dealing with the nursing home if you suspect abuse. In some cases, elderly victims are not able to speak for themselves. In other cases, they may fear retribution from staff members if they tell anyone what is happening to them. Contact an experienced nursing home neglect attorney to ensure your loved one is treated right. By speaking up and prosecuting nursing homes who abuse their patients, you can make a big difference for the next potential victim and help to end this terrible treatment.

Some Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Many signs may indicate nursing home abuse or neglect. The following may or may not be related to abuse. If your loved one seems content, your fears may be unfounded. However, it is always best to trust your own feelings in the matter and get to the bottom of any signs that "send up a red flag" in your mind:

  • Unusually low self esteem or depression
  • Sudden mood swings or anxiety
  • Obvious use of physical restraints
  • Use of medications not authorized by the patient's physician
  • Unexplained bruises or fractures
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor personal hygiene or unkempt living quarters
  • Frequent illness
  • Failure of staff to report illness or any changes in condition
  • Unexplained or unexpected death of another resident
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Serious injury requiring hospitalization
  • Unusually heavy medication or sedation
  • Bed/pressure sores

If you or a loved one may have been a victim of Nursing Home Abuse, consult with a Nursing Home Attorney in your area to review your case for free in exploring legal remedies.

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