St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Helping Injured Victims of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
Deciding to place a loved one in an assisted care facility such as a nursing home can be a difficult decision. Many family members reassure themselves that at least their elderly loved one will receive the proper care they require around the clock at the nursing home. Unfortunately, not every nursing home resident is treated adequately, and some are even abused. Reports indicate1 that abuse occurs at approximately one-third of nursing homes in the United States, and these are only the abuse cases that were discovered and reported. Experts further estimate that for every reported case of abuse, five more likely go unreported. If you have a loved one who has suffered an injury due to nursing home abuse in the St. Louis area, you should contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney at The Bruning Law Firm for help as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse2 in nursing homes may occur in a number of ways, including physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation and abuse, and neglect. Because abuse can occur in so many different ways, there are numerous signs and symptoms of abuse of which loved ones should be aware. These signs and symptoms include the following:
- Unexplained injuries in various stages of healing
- Fractures or broken bones
- Bruising or lacerations
- Tears or blood stains on clothing
- Seeming withdrawn or fearful of physical contact
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Unsanitary conditions
- Not being allowed to visit with your loved one alone
- Improper medication counts
- Bleeding around genital areas
- Signs they have been restrained.
If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, you should never delay in reporting your concerns through to nursing home management and/or the authorities if necessary.
An Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help
If your loved one has suffered an injury due to any type of nursing home abuse, they deserve full and fair compensation from the responsible party for their injuries and losses. At the St. Louis office of The Bruning Law Firm, we offer free, no-obligation consultations, so do not hesitate to call us at (314) 898-3078 to discuss a potential case today.
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