Putting your loved one in a nursing home or other assisted-living facility is a heart-wrenching decision, but you may be grappling with emotional trauma if you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. If there are cognitive difficulties that your loved one faces or if you believe they have difficulty talking about issues in the nursing home due to fear, it can be even more difficult to gather the evidence needed to contact a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney.
There are several symptoms to watch out for that can indicate serious medical neglect or negligence at the nursing home. Unusual bleeding or bruising can indicate mistreatment, as can infections, loss of hair, sudden changes in weight that are unexplained, poor hygiene, open wounds, abrasions, or burns. Another symptom that your loved one is being neglected is repeated evidence of unexplained slip and falls. Slip and fall accidents can be serious for elderly patients, and it’s critical that they receive the medical treatment necessary to recover from a fall after it happens.
If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of medical malpractice in the nursing home, try to discuss the issue with them first. It may be difficult for them to talk about the issues, to be sure to conduct your own due diligence and gather any evidence necessary to move forward with a New Jersey medical malpractice claim. No family member should have to suffer with concern or anxiety over nursing home neglect and abuse, but unfortunately this is a problem around the country. Thoroughly investigating a nursing home before you put a family member in is essential, you should also follow up on any suspected incidences early. It may save your family member’s life.