Nursing Home Abuse

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NURSING HOME ABUSE
 
When a loved one is placed in the trust of a nursing home or long-term care facility, they are usually paying to ensure they receive proper care. Unfortunately, unsafe conditions exist. When patients are injured or suffer from lack of care, legal action should be taken immediately.
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WARNING SIGNS: PHYSICAL ABUSE
 
  • Broken Bones
  • Injuries from Falls
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Bed Sores, Bruises or Blisters
  • Dehydration
  • Malnourishment
  • Medication Overdose
  • Finding Them Unconscious
 
Extreme cases can include assault, battery, rape or forced restraint.
WARNING SIGNS: EMOTIONAL ABUSE
 
  • Frequent Crying
  • Humiliation
  • Threats
  • Bullying
  • Attempts to Frighten Residents
  • Agitation
  • Withdrawal
  • Fear
WARNING SIGNS: NEGLECT
 
  • Complaints of Being Ignored, Consistently Overlooked and/or Isolated
 
  • Failure to Change Bedding or Take Care of Basic Hygiene Needs
 
WRONGFUL DEATH
 
A practice or injury that leads to death in a nursing home can often be linked back to the facility's negligence or abuse. Commonly, the staff was either not trained or not following procedures.
 
Problems with equipment, medication and other items may also be the responsibility of the nursing home.
 
In these cases, the nursing home may be at fault for the premature death of your loved one.
LET US HELP
 
Any of these warning signs is alarming and outrageous. Yet, often the victim may not be able to speak for himself or herself due to dementia or some other form of cognitive impairment.
 
If anything alarms you at a nursing home or long-term care facility, always register your concerns with management. If you are not satisfied, you can contact the Indiana State Department of Health Division of Long-Term Care Complaint Hotline at 800-246-8909.
 
When legal action is needed because of abuse, neglect or wrongful death, call THE SIPES LAW FIRM and we'll help.