The evidence that you need to prove your loved one’s neglect in a memory care facility may vary from one case to another. Some types of evidence that could help prove a neglect case include:
- Photographs of injuries that your loved one suffered because of neglect
- Photographs of your loved one’s general condition
- Photographs of your loved one’s neglectful living conditions
- Witness accounts of your loved one’s neglect
- Admissions of neglect by caregivers
- Doctors’ testimony that your loved one shows signs of neglect
Every case of neglect in a memory care facility produces unique symptoms. The circumstances of every case are different. A lawyer from our firm can craft a case on your loved one’s behalf and seek any compensation that their mistreatment entitles them to.
Signs of Neglect in a Memory Care Facility
Evidence that may prove your loved one’s neglect in a memory care facility may lie in your loved one’s physical condition. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) lists some of the visible symptoms of neglect, which can include:
- A disheveled appearance
- The appearance of bedsores
- Living quarters that are unsanitary or unsafe
- Signs of poor hygiene, such as body odor
- Symptoms indicating your loved one is not receiving their medication as needed
Any of the above could be evidence to help you prove your loved one’s neglect in a memory care facility. We have handled elder neglect or abuse cases in the past and are familiar with other signs of neglect.
Some Neglect Signs May Be Less Noticeable
A loved one’s symptoms of neglect are not always obvious to the naked eye. Some symptoms may lie beneath the surface, but there may be ways to detect neglect even when the symptoms are not visible.
Changes in your loved one’s behavior could be an indication of neglect. Neglect could cause your loved one to become withdrawn or depressed. Changes in your loved one’s eating habits and weight loss can indicate neglect, even if it is not obvious to you by their appearance.
A loved one could also tell you that they are being neglected. They might not receive the attention they need to be safe and engaged in their memory care facility, which is neglect.
If you have reason to believe that your loved one was neglected, a lawyer may be able to seek compensation for your loved one through a lawsuit.
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Memory Care Facilities Must Care for Your Loved One
To care for someone means to actively ensure their wellbeing.
Staff at your loved one’s current or former memory care facility are responsible for:
- Washing your loved one regularly
- Rotating your loved one in their bed
- Assisting your loved one with bathroom trips
- Assisting your loved one with oral hygiene
- Shaving your loved one
- Assisting your loved one with their eating routine
- Providing and helping your loved one take their medications
- Engaging your loved one socially
- Checking on your loved one regularly
Neglect can take many forms. A lawyer from our firm will document all of the shortcomings by memory care facility staff that may qualify as neglect of your loved one.
A Memory Care Facility May Owe Your Loved One Compensation
If your loved one did not receive proper care in a memory care facility, then the leadership of that facility may be liable for your loved one’s losses. We will determine whether any of the following parties are at-fault for your loved one’s neglect:
- One or more direct caregivers
- Memory care facility administrators
- Memory care facility executives and owners
Neglect may lead to serious health complications. Your loved one may have developed an infection or suffered psychologically and emotionally because of their neglect. Either of these consequences of neglect can prove to be fatal.
By bringing a lawsuit on your loved one’s behalf, a lawyer may seek compensation for:
- Any medical care your loved one required because of neglect
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- The cost of your loved one’s stay in the memory care facility
- The cost of your loved one’s relocation to a new facility
Every case of neglect is different, and your lawyer will seek compensation based on your loved one’s unique circumstances.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
Your hands may be full with relocating or caring for your loved one, and a lawyer can handle the legal side of your loved one’s case for you. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336 for a free consultation.