Bruises can happen frequently in a variety of situations. A person may unexpectedly run into an object, like a door or pole, causing a bruise. Or a person might fall and create a bruise. In nursing homes, older residents might stumble on a loose carpet or awkward stair and create a bruise from the fall.
But what about intramuscular bruises? These are more serious deep-tissue types of bruises. What happens when you find that your loved one in a nursing home shows signs of an intramuscular bruise? This might be the result of neglect or abuse.
You have every right to be suspicious and ask questions. Injuries of this sort should not happen to a loved one in a nursing home. Read below to understand your position for pursuing legal options if you find yourself in this situation.
Identifying an Intramuscular Bruise
An intramuscular bruise happens when the “belly” of the muscle suffers damage, according to MedlinePlus. This can occur due to an impact from a heavy blow.
For an older person in a nursing home, this can be a devastating injury. A muscular bruise like this causes redness, discoloration, pain, and swelling. It will also limit movement around the bruised area for the injured person. And the time to re-heal can take much longer for a senior citizen, due to the thinner skin and muscular aging issues.
How Neglect or Abuse Can Cause an Intramuscular Bruise
In nursing homes, bruises can occur from a number of situations. Your loved one may have frail skin and take a fall, causing deep bruising.
Falling can be a sign of neglect. If the nursing home resident has a history of or risk of falling, then it is up to the nursing home team to devise a fall prevention plan for the resident. Failure to create or follow a fall prevention plan would be considered neglect on the part of the nursing home.
There are other ways in which a nursing home resident could suffer bruises, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Bruising can also occur in situations with physical violence, in which the nursing home resident suffers abuse from either a nursing home worker or another resident. Common types of abuse to seniors in nursing homes could include physical cuts or bruises, small impact wounds, or even cases of broken bones.
Any of this type of physical violence could hasten symptoms of pre-existing health conditions in nursing home residents, and possibly lead to premature death. Those nursing home residents already suffering from dementia may even face higher risks.
If your loved one is in a nursing home and you see skin discolorations and signs of bruising during your visits, it may be time to ask some hard questions.
- Did a staff person physically hurt your loved one?
- If so, what happened and when?
- Has this abuse been an ongoing occurrence?
- Does your loved one have any audio or video evidence, possibly from a cell phone, that could provide evidence to back up the story of harmful behavior?
Holding the Nursing Home Liable for Abuse or Neglect
If you have confirmed signs of abuse for your senior in a nursing home and you are actively looking to work with a nursing home lawyer, here are some things you can do to help your case:
- Gather whatever available evidence that you can. This could include researching your senior’s recollection of the abuse, including a timeline.
- Ask other residents if they have ever seen forms of anger, yelling, or physical intimidation involving your loved one or other residents.
- Research law firms who have won cases in previous nursing home abuse lawsuits
- Narrow down your law firm choices down to those with direct experience handling nursing home abuse cases
Elder abuse in a nursing home is a tricky legal matter. While you can handle a case on your own, most people do not have experience handling an injury case. Trying to file a lawsuit on your own could possibly lead to errors that hurt the case.
Most law firms working in this area of nursing home abuse will not charge you any upfront fees when they choose to work with you. Rather, the firm will collect a small percentage of any possible compensation from a settlement as the fee. If you are finding that some law firms want to charge you in advance for work, you may want to walk away from any agreement with that firm.
Our Team Can Help Seek Justice for Your Loved One
Elderly people living in nursing homes generally cannot stop these forms of physical abuse. This means it is up to you to stop any nursing home staff members or residents from injuring your loved one.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will work for you. We work for those impacted by nursing home abuse, and our overriding goal is to provide comfort to those in abuse situations. We ask you to contact us if your loved one in a senior home is showing signs of intramuscular bruises, and you fear mistreatment. We want to fight to reverse these wrongs and bring justice to light.
When you work with us, we strive to provide clear and present communications about your case, what steps are happening to move forward and what information we will need from you and your loved one. We hope to offer comfort to you while seeking the path toward a fair and equitable settlement.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for help-seeking justice for your loved one: (800) 842-6336