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There is a huge gap in the quality of care provided at different nursing homes across America. Most nursing homes provide great care to their residents and patients, but there are some nursing homes where patient neglect and abuse causes serious injuries and deaths. Most nursing home patients are elderly and frail. Many have mental or physical problems that prevent them from being able to tell family members that they are being abused or neglected. They are, along with children, the most vulnerable persons in our society. Like children, many nursing home patients cannot protect themselves. They need help.

Our Kentucky and Ohio nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys understand that injury to, or the wrongful death of, an elderly or incapacitated family member is devastating to the entire family and causes great emotional and financial burdens.

If your elderly loved ones have been victims of nursing home abuse, neglect or negligence, please contact our Kentucky and Ohio nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys today for a free confidential consultation at 859-491-3000.


Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse or neglect occurs in many ways. It can involve physical injury, like broken bones, bruises, bed sores (pressure sores), infections, malnutrition, dehydration, burns, or sexual assaults. It can also involve mental and emotional injury including verbal assaults, insults, threats, humiliation, or isolating a resident from his family, friends or activities. It can include both. Some common types of abuse and neglect of the elderly in nursing homes that cause severe injuries and death are:

  • Not providing appropriate medical care, either with enough nursing staff or doctor care
  • Failing to take necessary precautions to prevent falls and other injuries
  • Over-medicating the resident or not providing enough medication
  • Giving the wrong medications
  • Sexual assault or rape of the resident
  • Not providing proper nutrition and hydration
  • Ignoring residents when they ask for assistance or help
  • Leaving residents in bed or chairs for long periods of time causing pressure sores
  • Not taking residents to the toilet and leaving them in soiled garments or beds, that can also cause pressure sores
  • Leaving residents in the bathroom to fend for themselves when they need assistance
  • Slapping or other physical abuse of the resident
  • Using unnecessary restraints, either physical restraints or medication
  • Emotional or verbal abuse of the resident
  • Retaliation for making a complaint or filing a grievance

Signs of Potential Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Because some residents of nursing homes suffer from diminished mental capacity or are fearful of the caregivers that have abused them, they either cannot or do not tell their family that they are being mistreated.  Many elderly persons cannot express pain or report their abuse, so it is very important to recognize the signs that could be evidence of abuse or neglect.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home and see any of the following signs, they could be suffering abuse or neglect:

  • Bedsores (also known as "pressure sores", "pressure ulcers", and "decubitus ulcers") or beginning of bedsores (inflamed reddened skin)
  • Urine and/or feces odor, or lack of attention to resident's personal hygiene
  • Falls or injuries from lack of adequate precautions or assistance
  • Bruises, cuts, punctures, welts, sprains, lesions or any untreated injury in various stages of healing
  • Broken bones
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; bruises around breasts or genital area; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained or bloody underclothing
  • Sudden change in behavior or unexplained mood changes
  • Significant weight loss
  • Fear or anxiety; being emotionally upset or agitated
  • Being extremely withdrawn and non communicative or non responsive
  • Presence of unjustified chemical or physical restraints
  • Unusual behavior usually caused by dementia, such as sucking, biting, or rocking
  • Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor
  • Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident

Free Consultation

Nursing Home cases are handled on a contingency basis. You will not be required to pay us anything unless we are successful in getting you compensation.

Call us at 859-491-3000 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

Free Consultation

Nursing Home cases are handled on a contingency basis. You will not be required to pay us anything unless we are successful in getting you compensation.

Call us at 859-491-3000 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

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