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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse is more common than you might think. It is estimated to occur in almost one-third of facilities around the country and is commonly caused by bloated bureaucracy, staffing shortages, and money-driven decision-making.
Even in the nicest, cleanest, most highly recommended nursing homes, residents have been subjected to unbearable forms of mistreatment including:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sheer neglect
- Sexual abuse
The Vermont and New Hampshire nursing home abuse lawyer at Cullenberg & Tensen, P.L.L.C. have handled some of the most disturbing cases, and we have helped many families get their loved ones out of dangerous situations.
How to Spot Abuse
Abuse is often carried out very subtly. For instance, a disgruntled nursing home attendant might withhold food or medication, or even administer the wrong medication. When physical abuse is present, staff members may have unusual explanations that involve atypical falls or events. In many cases, victims are threatened, and it is this fear of further "punishment" that keeps them from communicating abuse to family members.
Here are a Few Consequences that May Indicate Abuse or Neglect:
- Changes in eating habits
- Weight gain or loss
- Sudden change in mood
- Social withdrawal, lethargy, or passiveness
- Bruises, cuts, or fractures
- Extreme sadness or depression
- Unfounded medication or treatment changes
What You Can Do Now
If you suspect a nursing home is mistreating your loved one, do not waste another day wondering and worrying. The physical and emotional well-being of your loved one is too important to delay any longer. We can help you hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions so that others do not suffer in the same way that your loved one did.
If you are concerned about recent changes in your loved one’s demeanor or physical health, you can talk to your facility administrator. If you feel you are getting the run-around and think your family member is in immediate danger, contact your local police. If you are unsure about the situation, the nursing home neglect lawyers at Cullenberg & Tensen, P.L.L.C. can review the details of your case and advise you on what to do next.
Please contact the Vermont and NH nursing home abuse lawyers
at Cullenberg & Tensen, P.L.L.C. right away to schedule your confidential initial consultation. We would be happy to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your concerns and provide you with legal advice you can use immediately.