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Signs of nursing home abuse range from the obvious to the subtle. Verbal abuse — which takes place frequently — may leave no physical traces, but can still profoundly alter one's psychological well-being. Other forms of neglect, such as withholding meals or improperly administering care, may have visible effects.
Some abuse is intentional and some is not. It is often the case that a facility's equipment, such as its beds or wheelchairs, is faulty and prone to cause damage. In other situations, there may be a mix-up in a resident's prescription or physical therapy regimen — honest mistakes that nevertheless merit restitution.
The appearance of bedsores or pressure ulcers, sudden weight loss, uncharacteristic agitation or emotional upset — any of these is likely a sign that neglect or abuse is taking place. It is important for individuals and their families to be vigilant and act quickly in retaining a lawyer.
A number of federal regulations apply to the care and treatment of nursing home residents. Our familiarity with these regulations enables us to test a given nursing home's compliance with them, including proper record-keeping (which is often overlooked).
Our firm takes steps to hold liable the institutions and practitioners responsible for abuse. Through legal filings, we seek compensation for any injuries or emotional harm that victims have incurred, as well as for costs related to relocation and subsequent medical care. Whenever possible, we will strive to ensure that the offending institution takes steps to make sure others are not similarly abused.