If your loved one lost weight or hair in a relatively short period of time, you should follow up on the cause. One possible cause of hair loss involves stress, according to Mayo Clinic, and if your loved one endured stress to the point of losing hair or weight, they may have experienced regular abuse or neglect in the nursing home where they live.
For this reason, as well as the possibility that the hair or weight loss resulted from a serious medical condition, determining the root of your loved one’s recent onset of stress or hair loss may help them recover or even save their life. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free case evaluation about your legal options with a Berwyn rapid weight loss or hair loss lawyer.
Weight Loss and Hair Loss May Indicate Anxiety
Stress can lead you to “pull out your hair,” as well as lose it naturally. Those who have not dealt with a level of stress or anxiety that would lead to hair loss may not completely understand why they are losing their hair, either. They may also feel embarrassed about it, leading them to hide it or downplay the need for further investigation.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, numerous conditions involving stress can lead you to shed significant amounts of hair, and this may account for your loved one’s sudden hair loss. Your loved one’s weight loss may also result from anxiety and stress experienced in the nursing home. Stress-induced weight loss coincides with:
- Tension in your loved one’s muscles.
- Lack of energy.
- Frequent headaches.
- Digestive problems.
Asking your loved one’s caregivers if they have any explanation for such negative changes in your loved one’s health may help shed light on the issue. If they do not have any explanations, including a reasonable health condition, consider that the nursing home may generate a high-stress environment possibly marked by abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Mistreatment Can Cause Severe Stress, Anxiety, and Fear
Victims of abuse, neglect, and other forms of mistreatment often live in a constant state of anticipation. Living in an environment such as a nursing home where a caregiver, resident, or somebody else inflicts consistent mistreatment can create an all-consuming nightmare for a victim.
Aside from weight loss, other changes in your loved one may indicate they experienced abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Signs may include:
- Rocking back and forth.
- Acting more jittery or jumpy than they normally do.
- An inability to maintain eye contact.
- Depression, which may manifest in ceasing to participate in activities that they once took to with joy.
- Physical signs of mistreatment on their skin, such as pressure sores, cuts, bruises, burns, and other possible signs of abuse or neglect.
- Serious, unexplained injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, or any other trauma that caregivers cannot reasonably explain.
- Changes to your loved one’s financial documents.
- Missing valuables.
- Strange purchases for which your loved one does not have a recollection
- Bleeding in the genital region.
- Sudden urination without warning, which can signal fear.
- Bruises around their breasts.
These cues may indicate various forms of physical, emotional, or psychological abuse. They may also signal financial exploitation, sexual abuse, or neglect. Call the proper authorities to conduct an investigation into these warning signs.
After securing your loved one’s safety, our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may help you build a personal injury claim or lawsuit to help you pursue compensation. Call us for a free consultation.
A Berwyn Rapid Weight Loss or Hair Loss Lawyer May Investigate, Start Your Case, and Pursue Awards
You may have suspicions that your loved one has been mistreated in a nursing home, and a lawyer may help to collect the concrete evidence that you need to confirm your suspicions and proceed with criminal and civil cases against the party (or parties) at blame. Some possible forms of evidence relevant to your loved one’s case could include:
- Internal video recorded by the nursing home, as this may provide direct evidence of abuse, neglect, theft, and other forms of mistreatment.
- Testimony by any witnesses to direct mistreatment of your loved one and broader conditions in the nursing home that may put residents in danger.
- Medical records for your loved one, which—when viewed through the eye of an independent medical professional—may provide evidence of abuse or neglect.
Your Berwyn rapid weight loss or hair loss lawyer may help decide the defendants in your loved one’s case based on the facts of the case. Some possible defendants might include:
- The highest levels of management at the nursing home, who bear ultimate responsibility for protecting residents, such as your loved one.
- Individuals who directly inflicted abuse, neglect, or otherwise mistreated your loved one, such as a staffer, nurse, doctor, another resident, or somebody else.
A lawyer may handle your case for compensation from your initial meeting until they secure a judgment or settlement on your loved one’s behalf. This will allow you to focus on relocating your loved one to a safe location and help them recover from any mistreatment they endured.
For a free legal consultation with a Rapid Weight Loss or Hair Loss Lawyer serving Berwyn, call (800) 794-0444
Our Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Wants to Help Victims of Neglect or Abuse
A Berwyn rapid weight loss or hair loss lawyer may fight for the compensation that your loved one deserves if they suffered abuse, neglect, exploitation, or another form of mistreatment in a setting intended to keep them safe. Call us for a free consultation.
Our clients do not pay anything out of pocket or up front, as any fee we collect comes from awards that we secure on your loved one’s behalf. Do not wait, call today.