Albuquerque Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
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The compassionate and competent team of legal professionals at Sorey, Gilliland & Hull, LLP has the experience and dedication to help you or a family member recover damages for personal injuries caused by a nursing home accident, abuse, or neglect. We invoke the assistance of qualified medical professionals to help with a case evaluation to determine the fault of parties and the cause of patient injuries. For years, our Albuquerque nursing home abuse lawyers have handled nursing home cases all over the country and are zealous advocates for quality nursing home care.
If you or a family member has been a victim of nursing home abuse, contact the firm to get started with a free consultation.
Choosing an Appropriate Nursing Home
If you’ve decided to seek care from a nursing home facility for you or your loved one, make sure that the nursing home that you’ve selected can provide the quality care that you or your family member deserve.
Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing a nursing home for you or your loved one:
- Get references and recommendations from friends, acquaintances, and professional organizations.
- Prioritize your list and visit several homes.
- Ask the facility for references.
- Ask to speak with current residents.
- Choose a location that is nearby so family and friends can visit.
- Make sure to involve your loved one in making the ultimate decision.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
At Sorey, Gilliland & Hull, LLP, we feel strongly about nursing home abuse, especially since the victims are mostly individuals who cannot fight back, such as the elderly and the disabled. In fact, the majority of nursing home abuse cases are not reported immediately because the victims don’t have the capacity to report the misconduct to authorities or their loved ones.
To help determine nursing home abuse, we recommend that you keep an eye out on the following types of abuse and key traits:
Neglect can occur when negligent staff or administrators does not provide proper treatment for the elderly, and it can be identified through:
- A sudden decline in health
- Rapid and unexplained change in weight
- Infections and bed sores
- Dehydration or Malnutrition
- Poor hygiene and gangrene
- Medication errors
- Warndering or Isolation
Poorly trained or abusive staff can mishandle patients when performing daily duties like baths or helping residents in and out of bed, resulting in physical injuries to your loved one. Whatever the reasoning behind an injury, the staff member should always provide the best possible care and be gentle with the elderly. You can identify physical abuse by looking out for:
- Unusual bruising, bleeding, cuts and sores
- Broken bones
- Loose hair or teeth
- Strains and sprains, such as dislocated joints
- Emotional withdrawal and anxiety
Abuse does not always have to be physical or neglectful. Abusive staff members and administrators can provide a mentally unsafe environment to patients using simple words, such as ridiculing, humiliating, yelling at, or threatening a patient. Any action that makes your loved one feel unsafe in a nursing home, including discrimination based on gender, race, or sexual orientation, can have a devastating impact on their mental health, which can impact their physical health. Emotional abuse signs to look out for include:
- Anxiety and sudden shyness
- Low self-esteem and lack of eye contact
- Mood swings
- Isolation from other residents
- Difficulty eating or sleeping
- Refusal of nursing home staff to leave the room during visits
- Denial of access to patient during visitation hours
The elderly are often the targets of financial scams or theft, especially if they feel they can trust a caregiver or administrator. When visiting a loved one or reviewing their payment plan, you should pay attention to:
- Sudden and unusual financial transactions, such as ATM withdrawals
- Lapses in payments or canceled checks
- Disappearance of personal items
- Substandard care in comparison to the cost
- Changes in legal or financial documents, such as wills or powers of attorney
- A lack of understanding about financial changes
- Missing documentation such as invoices or receipts
- Sudden closeness to the elderly on the part of the perpetrator
Sexual abuse can be one of the most difficult types of abuse to approach when it comes to our loved ones, but it can have a devastating impact on their lives. The elderly are often unable to properly describe sexual abuse, either due to trauma or a lack of understanding, but there are ways to identify it:
- Torn, stained, or bloody clothing or bedding
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising, specifically around the genitals
- Contracting an STD or STI
- Physical or emotional withdrawal
- Panic attacks and PTSD
- Self-harm or suicide attempts
- Inappropriate behavior or actions, either on the part of the victim or abuser
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