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When can I sue for nursing home neglect?

It can be a difficult decision to put your loved one into a nursing home. But you make that choice because you trust that your loved one will receive the attention and care they need. Unfortunately, some caregivers don’t live up to the responsibility that’s required of them.

If you suspect your loved one has experienced neglect at the hands of their caregiver, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. But what is neglect, and how do you know if your loved one has suffered from it?

What is neglect?

Neglect is just one type of elder abuse that takes place in nursing homes. It occurs when a staff member intentionally or unintentionally denies your loved one the necessities they require to stay safe and healthy. This includes failing to provide them with medical attention, food and water and even social interaction.

Signs of neglect

Unfortunately, your loved one may not always be able to notify you of this mistreatment. If they cannot express themselves, here are some signs to look for:

  • Bedsores
  • Soiled clothing
  • Unclean living environment
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor hygiene
  • Depression
  • Isolation

Seeking justice for your loved one

Realizing that your loved one has undergone this gross mistreatment can be heartbreaking. If you decide to take action against the nursing home or caregiver for neglect, you will need to prove that they directly caused your loved one's suffering. Any evidence that supports this link can help you build a strong case, including:

  • Security tapes
  • Witness testimonies
  • Medical records
  • Doctor’s notes

Nursing home neglect can inflict major pain and suffering on your loved one. In addition, it may also lead to costly financial damages. When you notice consistent signs of elder neglect in your loved one, don’t hesitate to take action. Seeking compensation for your loved one's sufferings can help ease their pain and prevent elder neglect from happening to other nursing home residents. 

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