If your loved one is living in a nursing home and you noticed that they have poor hygiene, you may be spotting a sign that they are not being cared for properly. Poor hygiene is only one of the possible signs of neglect, and if your loved one is being neglected, then it is possible that they are victims of other forms of mistreatment.
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated, we recommend doing two things:
- Contact law enforcement and alert them to your suspicions.
- Call a law firm that handles nursing home abuse and neglect.
A poor hygiene attorney serving Berwyn can help you make sense of your suspicions and carry out any legal action that is required to obtain justice for your loved one.
How A Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Can Help You
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated, a Berwyn poor hygiene lawyer can help you take the next steps in getting to the root of the problem. Some ways that an attorney may help you include:
- Listening to your reasons for suspecting mistreatment and creating an official record that you believe your loved one is a victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
- Starting your case for compensation in court as soon as possible.
- Reaching out to counsel for the defendant or defendants in your case to see if they are offering any settlement.
- Collecting any evidence that shows mistreatment of your loved one, such as closed-circuit videotape, documentation of their injuries, and bank records that suggest financial exploitation.
- Consulting medical professionals to confirm that any injuries your loved one suffered may be the result of abuse or neglect.
- Speaking with any witnesses that saw abuse, neglect, exploitation, or conditions that could allow these forms of mistreatment to occur.
- Completing every step necessary to reach a judgement or settlement in your loved one’s case.
- Defending your loved one’s rights throughout the legal process.
Your Berwyn poor hygiene lawyer will ultimately aim to prove that the defendant or defendants in your case contributed to mistreatment of your loved one. This means holding all parties responsible for your loved one’s mistreatment accountable, and this may include:
- Staffers, including caregivers, directly responsible for neglect, abuse, or exploitation of your loved one.
- Administrators who are in charge of big-picture operations in the setting where the mistreatment occurred, as they may be accountable for mistreatment that happened under their watch.
- Any other party who contributed to or failed to stop mistreatment from happening.
Your Loved One May Be Entitled to Compensation for Neglect in a Nursing Home
If your nursing home neglect lawyer argues your loved one’s case successfully, they may be entitled to compensation either from a favorable judgement or a settlement. Such compensation could include coverage for:
- Pain and suffering caused by the mistreatment they endured.
- The cost of their time while staying in a nursing home where the mistreatment occurred.
- Any medical care that they required for their personal injuries that may be the result of abuse or neglect.
- Any financial losses that are the result of exploitation, such as stolen money or valuables, or fraudulent and unauthorized purchases.
It is important to know and recognize signs that your loved one is being mistreated so that you can contact nursing home neglect attorneys and begin your case for compensation right away. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Signs of Elder Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation May Be Occurring
The elderly can seem obvious targets to those who seek to take advantage of and mistreat others, and you must be alert to indications that your loved one is being victimized.
Possible signs of physical and emotional abuse, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, include:
- Signs of physical trauma, such as bruises, cuts, burn marks, and scrapes.
- Recurring physical injuries that may be due to abuse, such as fractures that happen more than once.
- Signs of anxiety and fear, such as recoiling from your touch, tapping their feet for no apparent reason, and rocking back and forth.
- Loss of sleep for no apparent reason.
- Rapid weight loss.
- Rapid hair loss.
- Changes in attitude for the worse, such as signs of depression and withdrawing from activities they once derived pleasure from.
You may sense that something is wrong with your loved one, and emotional or physical abuse may be an explanation. In addition to abuse in nursing homes, neglect is more common in these settings than you may realize. Some possible signs of elder neglect include:
- Bedsores, which can happen when your loved one is not properly rotated in their bed or bathed regularly.
- Poor personal hygiene, such as strong body odor, an unshaved face, and teeth that are not being cleaned regularly.
- Indications that your loved one is not being helped to the restroom regularly.
- An unkempt appearance, including messy hair and unclean clothing.
These signs could be indications that your loved one is being neglected, and caretakers that neglect in nursing homes may be capable of perpetrating even more serious forms of mistreatment. Call law enforcement, and then contact a nursing home law firm that handles these types of cases today if you see signs that concern you.
For a free legal consultation with a Poor Hygiene Lawyer serving Berwyn, call (800) 794-0444
Reach Out to Our Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
Our primary goal is to ensure that your loved one is safe from any further harm. We will then shift our focus to pursuing any financial justice that your loved one is entitled to receiving for this poor level of care. Call our nursing home lawyers today for a free consultation.
Our clients pay nothing out of pocket, and we only collect a fee if we win your case or secure a settlement. Do not wait to call, as time may be a factor in your ability to bring a lawsuit against the liable parties.