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Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes — It Happens, Watch Out For These Big Signs
There are some things in life so bad and just plain hard to believe that, as a self-protective measure, we try to trick ourselves into thinking “that‘s not possible.“
Elder abuse and neglect is one of those things.
Sure, we’ve heard about “issues” in nursing homes – a fall that shouldn’t have happened or a mysterious burn — it’s easy to chalk those up to unintentional accidents or just the normal problems that come with aging.
Well, think again – because serious elder abuse is happening right now, in our country, to our family members. And so much of it is just plain unfathomable.
If you or someone you know has a loved one in a nursing home right now, it‘s important to stay alert — because you might not expect the level of neglect or abuse that can occur when you’re not looking.
Here’s what we’re talking about: Death; Serious bodily injury such as stroke or paralysis; Severe pain and suffering; Medical negligence.
If an elderly person you know suffered or passed away from any of the above while residing in a nursing home, you may be able to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit on their behalf. Death, serious bodily injury and significant pain and suffering may happen for a variety of reasons, including medical negligence — i.e., nurses or staff not calling doctors in when they are so desperately needed.
We’ve heard from people who report neglect so severe that their elderly loved one passed away because a doctor or ambulance was never called in, even though it was clearly needed. Some people have even told us that their loved one had signs of suffering a stroke for DAYS before a doctor was called in. Suffering from a stroke for days without treatment has serious health implications, including severe paralysis that may involve the need for a feeding tube, difficulty speaking, or even death.
Our parents deserve to spend their final years treated with dignity and respect and kept safe from such abuse or neglect. To think that our parents — in their time of need — may have faced serious bodily injuries, suffering and even unexpected deaths that could have been avoided had they received proper care in their nursing home is unfathomable. Until it happens to you.