Personal Injury Lawyer
If one of your loved ones resides in a nursing home or another long-term care facility, it’s important to remain vigilant when it comes to spotting potential signs of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. If you spot signs of mistreatment, it’s important to speak with an attorney about discreetly investigating your loved one’s circumstances. Attorneys experienced in this area of the law understand how to uncover whatever the truth may be.
Many loved ones who don’t reside in these facilities assume that their loved ones will – if capable – speak up if they are being mistreated. Unfortunately, adults who are ordinarily staunch self-advocates can find themselves unwilling or unable to speak about their mistreatment. They worry that they’ll be subjected to additional mistreatment if they speak up and/or they may worry that they have nowhere else to go. Many older adults worry that they’ll “bother” their loved ones if they admit to what they’re going through, while others are embarrassed or ashamed even though their circumstances are not their fault.
As a result of these realities, your advocacy could be the only thing capable of preventing additional mistreatment. Working with an attorney to discreetly confirm or deny your suspicions will allow you to either protect your loved one or quiet your concerns with confidence.
Signs of Mistreatment
As an experienced personal injury lawyer – including those who practice at Therman Law Offices, LTD. – can confirm, signs of mistreatment can be subtle and hard to confirm. Almost every sign of mistreatment – with the possible exceptions of certain kinds of financial exploitation, estate planning fraud, and identity theft – can be linked to innocent causes. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to connect with an attorney who not only knows what to look for but also how to confirm underlying causation.
For example, your loved one may be dropping weight dramatically and suffering symptoms of dehydration. This turn of events could clearly indicate that they are being neglected. However, it could also indicate that their memory condition is advancing and they keep ripping their tubes out, which also happens to explain the bruising on their arms. With that said, if something feels wrong in your gut, don’t ignore it. Even seemingly plausible explanations can be lies.
Are You Imagining Things?
You aren’t imagining things. If something is wrong with your loved one, they are either suffering from mistreatment or alternative challenges are impacting their life in negative ways. The key is determining causation so that you can make informed decisions concerning the situation at hand.
It is worth noting that the World Health Organization has determined that, each year, one out of every six adults over the age of 59 experiences abuse or some other form of unlawful mistreatment in community settings. A 2017 study by the WHO revealed that two out of every three staff members at nursing facilities willingly admitted to abusing or neglecting patients in the year before making their admissions. Nursing home abuse is a widespread problem and if something seems wrong, your suspicions may very well be grounded in terrible reality.