Making the choice to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility is already difficult enough. Knowing that nursing home abuse and malpractice can and do occur at alarming rates across the country makes the process that much harder. If you believe that your loved one is the victim of nursing home malpractice, it is crucial that you reach out to an attorney right away.
At Wagner Reese, we work quickly to thoroughly investigate all nursing home abuse and neglect claims. Our team works with industry experts and specialists in order to determine whether malpractice has occurred and, if so, who is liable. With more than 150+ years of combined experience, our nursing home malpractice attorneys in Indianapolis are prepared to fight for justice and a fair recovery on behalf of you, your loved one, and your family.
Contact our office today for a free consultation; call (888) 204-8440 to get started.
What Is Nursing Home Malpractice?
Nursing home malpractice is a type of medical malpractice that occurs in assisted living facilities, commonly referred to as nursing homes. It can take many forms—and have countless negative effects on victims and their families.
Examples of nursing home malpractice include:
- Failure to provide emergency medical care after an accident, such as a fall
- Medication mistakes, such as administering the wrong drug to a resident
- Inflicting harm on residents, including physical, mental, or emotional harm
- Failure to meet the basic and/or medical needs of nursing home residents
- Physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse of residents
- Unexpected and/or untimely death of a resident
Sadly, many instances of nursing home abuse and malpractice go unreported to authorities. This is because, in many cases, victims are not able to speak up for themselves. Other times, they may be unwilling to report the abuse or even unaware that what is going on is illegal. It is therefore absolutely crucial that you are able to recognize the signs of abuse and malpractice so that you can act quickly at the first inclination that something is wrong.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Because nursing home abuse can take many different forms—physical, emotional, mental, social, sexual, or even financial—the signs of abuse are equally as varied. It is important that you keep an eye out for any indications of nursing home abuse or malpractice.
When visiting or speaking with an elderly loved one who lives in a nursing home, look for the following signs of abuse:
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises or cuts
- Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers
- Signs of forced restraint, such as rope marks at wrists and ankles
- Major injuries, like broken bones or slip-and-fall injuries
- Sudden, unexplained changes in behavior or mood
- A resident who becomes suddenly withdrawn or fearful
- Reluctance to speak in the presence of nursing home staff
- Anger, outbursts, crying, or anxious behaviors, such as rocking back and forth
- Signs of sexual abuse, including bruising around the genitals or torn undergarments
- Unusual withdrawals from bank accounts
- Changes in the resident’s estate plan, including changes in a will or trust
- Wandering and/or elopement
If you notice any of these or other signs of nursing home abuse, reach out to our Indianapolis nursing home malpractice lawyers right away. We can help you begin building a case designed to hold the negligent party/parties accountable and fight for justice on behalf of your loved one.
Contact Our Legal Team Today
At Wagner Reese, we believe that negligent nursing home doctors, nurses, caregivers, and staff should be held accountable for the injuries, pain, and suffering they cause. Our legal team offers personalized representation for each and every client, coupled with aggressive advocacy both in and out of the courtroom. We have been helping victims of negligence and malpractice throughout the state of Indiana for more than 20 years; find out how our team can help you.
Call (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only owe attorneys’ fees if and when we recover compensation for you.