Zevan and Davidson Law Firm Articles The Frightening Truth About Nursing Homes and Medical Malpractice

The Frightening Truth About Nursing Homes and Medical Malpractice

By David Zevan  Mar. 25, 2015 4:48a

Each year, millions of families are faced with the heart wrenching decision of having to place an elderly loved one into the care of a nursing home.

Busy lives and work schedules sometimes give adult children no other choice. We hope that our loved one will be well taken care of in the same manner that they would be at home, but the sad fact is that nursing home abuse and neglect have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. If this has occurred with your loved one, it is your duty as their advocate to find an expert Missouri nursing home abuse lawyer and pursue the compensation that is owed to them.

How to Protect Your Loved One

To help protect your elderly loved one from these heinous acts, it is important that you visit regularly and look for physical signs of abuse such as unexplained bruises and torn or blood stained clothing. Abused elderly patients are not always able to speak for themselves, sometimes out of embarrassment or fear of the repercussions. It is up to you to contact a supervisor and demand an explanation for any signs of abuse.

Signs of Neglect

You also need to be checking for signs of neglect. Not attending to the needs of someone who is unable to do so for themselves is another form of abuse. Ask to see medication records to ensure that your loved one is receiving what has been prescribed for them. Check that their clothing and bedding is being kept clean and sanitary and look for signs of malnourishment or dehydration. Bed sores are also a sign that your elderly loved one is not being properly cared for.

Current research is suggesting that despite being healthy, abused elders tend to pass away earlier than those that are being taken care of properly. This makes it all the more important to check on them and their condition while inside the nursing home as often as possible. If you do notice signs of abuse or neglect, they should be removed at once from the facility and examined physically by a trusted doctor.

Compensation for Medical Negligence

Unfortunately, some signs may go unnoticed and a Missouri family may lose their loved one due to the abuse and neglect. This is considered to be a medical negligence issue, best handled by a Missouri nursing home abuse lawyer. They can help you investigate the matter and pursue compensation for the loss of your beloved family member.

A monetary settlement will not replace the loss of your loved one, but it will send a message to nursing homes that nursing home abuse is not going to be tolerated. Talk with a medical malpractice attorney about how you can file a claim on behalf of your elderly family member. Exercise your right and the rights of your family by pursuing compensation and demanding justice from the nursing home. Call Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC at (314) 588-7200.

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