Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys know first hand the devastating effects that result from nursing home abuse and neglect. It seems as though almost daily new reports are published or lawsuits filed on behalf of those who sustain serious injuries, sometimes even death, as a result of negligent or careless caregivers. There are many tell-tale signs of the various symptoms those who are being neglected show. These signs and symptoms include, but are not limited, to the following: malnutrition, dehydration, frequent falls, pressure sores, unexplained injuries, behavior change, overmedication, as well as the inability of the caretaker to explain the resident’s condition.
The signs of malnutrition and dehydration go hand in hand. Malnutrition results from an inadequate or unbalanced diet, while dehydration occurs when a person loses more fluids than he or she takes in. Both symptoms can result from improper nursing home care and eventually lead to more severe injuries within the body. According to SeniorHealthCare.org, malnutrition and/or dehydration commonly leads to nursing home resident’s rapid weight loss. While in many instances elderly weight loss is unavoidable, improper nourishment (whether it be food or water) is one of the most common signs of nursing home abuse.
Another unfortunately frequent symptom of nursing home abuse and neglect is pressure sores. AgedCareCrisis.com describes pressure sores (commonly referred to as “bedsores”) as an area of skin or tissue that has been injured or broken down. This occurs when a resident sits or lies in a certain position for too long without shifting weight – this pressure results in a decreased blood supply to the area. The act of negligence falls onto the nursing home when they fail to consistently reposition, as well as, clean the residents. Due to inadequate nursing home staffing and training, the frequency of pressure sores in on the rise with many being left untreated. Failure to treat pressure sores subsequently results in infection and in some cases even death.
It is a violation of both state and federal law to neglect or abuse a nursing home resident. Our attorneys at Levin & Perconti strongly recommend that any instances of abuse or neglect be reported immediately. National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform advises victims or their families to report these allegations to local authorities, nursing home administrators, or your state or local ombudsman. If you or your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect you may be able to seek legal relief for injuries sustained.
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