Nursing Home Abuse

There is no excuse for nursing home abuse or neglect.

When a loved one is placed in the trust of a nursing home or long-term care facility, they or their families are usually paying to insure they receive proper care. Unfortunately, unsafe conditions exist. When patients are injured or suffer from a lack of care,  legal action should be taken.

The Sipes Law Firm believe the elderly are entitled to a dignified existence.

If you trusted a nursing home or long-term care facility to care for a family member or loved one and now suspect abuse call us. We can help you recognize the warning signs of abuse and neglect, and get the justice and compensation your loved one deserves.

Warning Signs of Abuse and Neglect:

Physical Abuse:

  • Broken bones
  • Injuries from falls
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Bed Sores, bruises or blisters
  • Dehydration or malnourishment
  • Medication overdose
  • Finding unconscious
  • Extreme cases include assault, battery, rape or forced restraint

Emotional Abuse:

  • Frequent Crying
  • Humiliation
  • Threats
  • Bullying
  • Attempts to frighten the resident
  • Agitation, withdrawal, or fear


  • Complaints of being ignored, consistently overlooked, and/or isolated
  • Withholding food, water, and/or medication
  • Failure to change bedding or take care of basic hygiene needs.

If nursing home staff refuses or delays access to your loved one when you arrive to visit during regular visiting hours, this may be a sign they are hiding something.

Wrongful Death:

A practice or injury that leads to death in a nursing home is often linked back to the facility’s negligence or abuse. Commonly the staff was either not trained or not following procedure. Problems with equipment, medication, and other items may also be the responsibility of the nursing home. In these cases, the nursing home may at fault for the premature death of your loved one.

Signs of these symptoms are alarming and outrageous, and yet the victim may not be able to speak for him or herself due to dementia or some other form of cognitive deterioration.

What Can You Do?

Always register your concerns with the management, but if you are not satisfied, you have the legal right to file a complaint with the appropriate agency.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Long Term Care Complaint hotline is: 1-800-246-8909. More information about reporting a complaint can be found on their website. And of course you can always, and are urged to, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.

If you suspect that a nursing home has abused or neglected your loved one, call The Sipes Law Firm 1-855-747-3752, or contact us online for a free evaluation. No matter what your financial circumstances are we are here to help you. You will not pay attorney fees unless we recover a settlement for you.

The Sipes Law Firm
“Working Lawyers for Working Families”
133 W Market St #201
Indianapolis, IN 46204
500 Virginia St E #800
Charleston, WV 25301
with James Humphreys & Assoc.
Co-counsel in WV, KY, OH

Toll-Free Phone: (855) SIPESLAW (747-3752)
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