Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

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When someone you love is being harmed, you want to do everything in your power to help them. Unfortunately, spotting signs of trouble isn’t always easy. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or an elderly care facility, make sure you know what to look for if your loved one is being abused or neglected.

Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at DiPasquale Moore have handled several nursing home abuse cases and we understand how difficult and stressful these situations can be. Seeing a loved one through an abusive situation is difficult, especially if they were seriously harmed. Fortunately, our firm is here to lend you the support you need. We can work with you to gather evidence, file documents, and handle all legal aspects pertaining to your case. Our attorneys understand that you are going through a rough time, which is why we want to fight for justice and maximum compensation on your behalf.

Call our firm at (888) 743-1030 to schedule a free consultation.

Know the Signs

Abuse can manifest in several ways. The abuser could inflict emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, or financial damage, depending on the type of abuse or neglect. Each of these different types of misuse will result in different symptoms, which can make it difficult to detect. However, the common theme with all abuse survivors is a change in behavior. Someone dealing with an abusive or negligent situation is likely to behave differently, so pay attention to your loved one and look for anything out of the ordinary.

Look for the following signs of abuse:

Emotional or Verbal Abuse

  • Mood swings
  • Unexplained changes in behavior
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Depression

Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Bruises, especially on wrists and ankles
  • Burn marks
  • Welts
  • Changes in behavior

Sexual Abuse

  • Physical injuries, especially near the hip, thigh, or genital area
  • Difficult sitting or moving
  • Unexplained STDs or infections
  • Stained or torn underwear
  • Fear of being touched
  • Memory loss

Neglect

  • Malnutrition
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Dehydration
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Missed medication doses
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Sudden loss of mobility

Financial Exploitation

  • Unexplained financial changes
  • Missing funds
  • Changes to wills, power of attorney, property titles, or life insurance policies
  • New credit cards
  • Unusual ATM withdrawals

In any type of abusive situation, the survivor might be reluctant to speak in the presence of nursing home staff, or they may express a fear of being left alone with them. They might also grow worried or frantic when you leave and often show signs of agitation.

Protect Your Loved Ones

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, you need to act fast to protect them. Once you’ve removed your elderly parent, sibling, or grandparent from the nursing home facility, take them to a doctor for immediate medical attention. Once you’ve seen a doctor, we encourage you to reach out to our Kansas City personal injury attorneys to learn more about your legal options.

Contact DiPasquale Moore(888) 743-1030 to get started on your Kansas City personal injury case.

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