Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

  • Dan T. Matrafajlo
  • Sat Oct 2021
  • Elder Abuse,Nursing Home Abuse,
  • 0
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It is not an easy decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home. In fact for some of us, this may not even be a choice but rather forced upon us due to our loved one’s health and wellbeing. Regardless of why or how your elderly loved one ends up in a nursing home, you expect them to be well taken care of.

Unfortunately, abuse in nursing homes is more prevalent than most think or want to believe. If you or a loved one has been subject to nursing abuse, you should immediately notify authority. You should also consult with an experienced New Jersey nursing home abuse attorney to protect your legal rights and obtain the fair compensation you or your loved one deserves.

What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines nursing home neglect and abuse as the failure of a caregiver to provide for an elderly individual, which can include the failure to provide:

  • Proper care
  • Food
  • Supervision
  • Medicine
  • Health care and treatment
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Other basic necessities

Common types of abuse in nursing homes in particular include:

  • Physical injury from falls
  • Malnourishment or dehydration
  • Bed sores, pressure ulcers
  • Gangrene
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Over-sedation
  • Poor medical care
  • Medication mistakes
  • Lack of supervision
  • Financial exploitation 
  • Property theft
  • Abandonment
  • Ineffective equipment
  • Sexual abuse 
  • Coercion
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Poor personal hygiene 
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones 
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Wrongful death

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

It is generally not easy for family members to detect that an elderly loved is the victim of abuse at a nursing home. This makes it imperative that family members remain vigilant and on the lookout for common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Some common signs of abuse and mistreatment include:

  • Change in a resident’s behavior and mood
  • Demeaning or controlling behavior of nursing home staff toward a resident – signs of possible emotion and/or mental abuse
  • Unexplained body changes, such as broken bones, welts and bruising – signs of possible physical abuse
  • Unsanitary conditions in a resident’s room

Call a New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorney Today!

The legal team at Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law, LLC is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents.

If you suspect a loved one has become the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you need an experienced and caring legal advocate on your side. Our experienced New Jersey nursing home abuse attorneys are available to personally review your case.  Call us at 908-355-7100 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.

Dan T. Matrafajlo

Dan T. Matrafajlo

NJ State Bar: #031722003

Dan T. Matrafajlo, Esq., is the managing member and lead partner at Beninato and Matrafajlo, Attorneys at Law, LLC. Renowned for groundbreaking contributions to personal injury law, he has set legal precedents with influential Appellate decisions and garnered recognition in the New Jersey Law Journal. A consistent honoree on Super Lawyers' Rising Star list for the past five years, Matrafajlo's litigation prowess is widely acknowledged. He has won various awards like Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Association 2019, and Nominated into Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2012 until the Present.

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