CHICAGO, IL – Choosing to place your loved one in a nursing home facility can be a tough decision, but it may be necessary if they require attention and the long-term care that they need. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect continue to be an ongoing problem across the country which can lead to injuries, worsen conditions, or in worse cases, can lead to death.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it’s important to look out for signs of abuse or neglect that may be appearing within the facility.
Common Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Nursing home residents are more prone and vulnerable to being injured. Sadly, many nursing home residents’ injuries are caused by abusive or neglectful treatment from nursing home staff members. Knowing the most common types of nursing home injuries can help you spot them and prevent them. Common injuries include:
- Infections or sepsis
- Sprains or fractures
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers
- Unexplained lacerations, scratches, or bruises
- Asphyxiation (choking)
- Dental injuries
- Head or brain injuries
Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
There can be more subtle forms of nursing home abuse or neglect, other than those listed above. These signs of abuse or neglect may appear as:
- Physical force including slapping, shoving or shaking
- Unreasonable use of chemicals or physical restraints
- Deprivation of food or water
- Medication errors such as overmedication or failure to provide medications
- Unsanitary conditions which can lead to bedsores or infections
- Fall accidents that are preventable
Sexual abuse can be very hard to detect; however, their symptoms of abuse are often similar to other signs of physical or emotional abuse. Sexual abuse indicators may include genital or breast injury, urinary tract infections, or newly sexually transmitted infections or diseases.
Contact a Chicago Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
If you’re concerned whether your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s important you contact the authorities and reach out to an experienced nursing home abuse attorney right away. The skilled team at the Dinizulu Law Group can help you navigate through this difficult time and we will work to protect the interests of your loved one. To receive a free consultation, call our firm today at (312) 384-1920 or visit our website for more information.