Does something seem "off" or "not quite right?" That feeling in your gut could be telling you something. You know your loved one best and you should never second-guess your instincts.
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, we understand how troubling it is to think that your loved one fear the people you have entrusted his or her care to. But it happens all too often. Our nursing home neglect and elder abuse attorneys work with families who have suspected neglect or abuse at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities.
If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused, every second counts. Call 203-335-5145 for a free initial consultation.
Pursuing Justice for the Victims of Neglect and Abuse
If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is important to be aware of the potential signs of abuse or neglect. These cases often stem from inadequate or improper care due to nurses or certified nurse's assistants being overworked or improperly trained. In many nursing homes, the patient-to-nurse ratio exceeds the legal limit. Signs of neglect and abuse include:
- Bedsores (decubitus ulcers)
- Dehydration/malnutrition (lack of body fluids/improper diet)
- Weight loss
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Mood swings
- Unexplained broken bones
It is crucial to be on the lookout for these signs and symptoms because the victims are often elderly and unable to speak up or care for themselves. Unfortunately, these cases are on the rise among the aging population. As reported by the National Center on Elder Abuse, research indicates that more than 40 percent of people over the age of 65 will enter a nursing home before they die. Nearly one in three U.S. nursing homes were cited for violations of federal standards and 50 percent of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating older patients. Please click here for the full research brief on abuse of residents of long-term care facilities.
While it may not be as noticeable as bedsores, fractures or bruising, overmedication is another form of abuse that is becoming more common, with Connecticut ranked in the top four states nationally from 2005 through 2010 in administering antipsychotics to residents without appropriate diagnoses, and was the highest or second highest nationwide in antipsychotic use among high-risk residents during that period, according to federal data.
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We are here to help. If you have reason to believe your loved one is in danger or if you have questions about your legal options for seeking justice, contact us today for a free initial consultation with our Bridgeport nursing home neglect lawyers.