After making the difficult decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home facility, there is nothing worse than learning your elderly loved one has sustained a serious injury. Nursing homes are supposed to care for residents and ensure that they are safe from harm but, while many of them do provide excellent care for residents, not all nursing homes live up to this standard.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is, unfortunately, an all-too-common occurrence across the United States—often with devastating consequences. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence in Nebraska, reach out to the Omaha nursing home injury lawyers at Cullan & Cullan LLC as soon as possible. It is important that you remember you still have legal rights; our attorneys are here to here to help you take action against the negligent and liable parties.
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The Difference between Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Though similar, there are certain subtle differences between nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. In either case, victims and/or their family members can take legal action against abusers or negligent parties, including individuals and nursing home facilities.
Generally speaking, the difference between nursing home abuse and neglect is as follows:
- Nursing home abuse can take many forms: physical, emotional, sexual, financial, etc. Regardless of the type of abuse that has occurred, nursing home abuse is defined as an intentional act that is meant to and/or results in harm to the nursing home resident. This can include acts such as hitting, kicking, or slapping a resident; yelling at or inflicting emotional distress on a resident; unwanted sexual touching; and using a resident’s credit card without permission.
- Nursing home neglect involves a nursing home’s failure to properly care for its residents. This can include things such as failing to hire sufficient staff for the number of residents, failing to keep hygienic conditions for residents, and failing to care for the medical needs of residents.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
In some cases, elderly residents are unable, afraid, or embarrassed to report abuse or neglect. It is important, therefore, that family members and loved ones know the signs of abuse and/or neglect so that they can take legal action right away when they suspect that something is wrong.
Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect include:
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones
- Soiled or dirty clothes or bedsheets
- Bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers)
- Signs of malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Residents that appear afraid or unwilling to speak in front of staff
- Sudden changes in behavior or mood
- Issues with medication, including residents who are over- or under-medicated
- Unusual withdrawals from bank accounts
- Changes to wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and similar documents
- Wandering or elopement
If you notice these or other signs of abuse or neglect, seek medical attention on behalf of your elderly loved one right away. Next, report the abuse to the proper authorities. This could be the administrator of the nursing home facility or even local law enforcement. You can speak to a member of the Nebraska Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program if you need help filing a complaint.
Lastly, reach out to the Omaha nursing home injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan LLC. We have more than 40 years of legal experience and our attorneys are also medical professionals. We understand the devastating, often long-term impact nursing home and neglect can have, both on victims and their loved ones. Our legal team can help you fight for justice and the full, fair recovery you are owed.
Contact Cullan & Cullan LLC online or call (402) 882-7080. There are never any fees unless we win your case.