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Do You Believe Your Loved One is in Danger at Their Nursing Home?

May 17, 2021

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If you notice your loved one is regularly suffering harm at their nursing home and you suspect abuse, there is a good chance they are at risk of future injuries. Protect their safety first, and then discuss the legal process with a Columbus nursing home attorney

Nursing home abuse and neglect sometimes goes unnoticed when elderly residents are isolated and do not have family members and friends checking in on them regularly. Moreover, nursing home abuse can take on a variety of different forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. All of these types of abuse may be accompanied by various symptoms and signs. 

If your loved one resides at a Columbus nursing home, and you suspect that he or she might be a victim of abuse or neglect, you should first report your suspicions to the nursing home administrator or other person who is in charge. If the situation is not resolved promptly, the Columbus nursing home abuse attorneys at The Jones Firm may be able to help. Our legal team can undertake an investigation and determine your options for pursuing a claim against the nursing home and the nursing home’s insurance company. 

Please give us a call today if you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. If a claim or lawsuit needs to be filed, we will assist you throughout the entire process and pursue the compensation that your loved one deserves.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse can take various forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of a resident. Physical abuse involves unwanted physical force directed by a nursing home employee towards a patient. This physical force can include striking or slapping a patient. 

Sexual abuse refers to unwanted sexual advances, touching, or penetration of a nursing home resident by an employee. Finally, emotional abuse can involve threatening or shaming a nursing home resident.

Unlike abuse, nursing home neglect usually involves failing to care for residents in the proper manner, resulting in injuries or illnesses. For example, failing to bathe residents regularly can lead to pressure ulcers and other sores on the patient’s body. 

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect at a Nursing Home

Resident abuse and neglect at a nursing home is often accompanied by various symptoms. If you observe any of these signs/symptoms, you should speak with a nursing home administrator immediately:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Bruises and sores on the resident’s body
  • Cuts and lacerations on the resident’s body
  • Unpleasant smells emanating from the resident’s room
  • Sudden moodiness or social withdrawal
  • Sudden emotional outbursts or anger when the resident never exhibited those symptoms before

Contact a Columbus Nursing Home Abuse Attorney about Your Legal Matter Today

If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home, the experienced attorneys at The Jones Firm are here to assist. Our legal team could investigate the situation on your behalf, and if necessary, pursue a legal claim against the nursing home where your loved one resides. 

To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Columbus nursing home abuse lawyer, please call us at 614-209-5162 or contact us online today for more information.