Common Injuries from Nursing Home Abuse

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Common Nursing Home Injuries and Abuse

Nursing home abuse can cause several injuries and ultimately result in the premature death of its victims. If you are a nursing home resident or a family member of a nursing home resident, it’s worth knowing the common injuries resulting from nursing home neglect and abuse. Sustaining injuries may be the only way to prove your damages in your pursuit for justice.

To reduce accidental injury risk and secure adequate care, individuals often place their loved ones in nursing homes. Unfortunately, some residents sustain injuries by the nursing home staff or other residents. A nursing home injury can leave irreparable damage on the victim, and it must not be overlooked.

You do not have to endure neglect and abuse. You may be entitled to compensation or damages from the nursing home for the abuse and injuries you suffered. Our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at Dressie Law Firm can give you practical guidance and assistance when you want to secure compensation for injuries you or your family member suffered as a result of nursing home abuse.

    Types of Nursing Home Abuse

    Nursing home injuries are often caused by the failure of nursing home staff to adequately take care of nursing home residents (neglect) or intentionally assaulting them (nursing home abuse). Other causes of nursing home injuries are shortage of nursing home staff, untrained staff, safety violations, underpayment of staff, poor management, lack of supervision and accountability, unmanaged environmental hazards in residents’ surroundings, and lack of infection control.

    According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), about 5,000,000 persons suffer elderly abuse yearly. There are several types of nursing home abuse, including the following:

    • Physical abuse: Physical abuse of nursing home residents involves using physical force to compel or inflict bodily harm on residents. It usually results in physical injuries, pain, and discomfort. It may also include intentionally depriving residents of essential services such as food, water, or medical care.

    • Emotional abuse: Insults, harassment, isolation, and threats are a few signs of emotional abuse. Such abuse often causes the resident’s dignity, sense of identity, and self-worth to diminish.

    • Sexual abuse: A resident is said to be sexually abused when any sexual act or contact is made without their full knowledge and consent.

    • Financial abuse: Financial abuse or exploitation involves illegally using a resident’s resources for the benefit of one’s own needs. An instance is gaining access to a resident’s assets for personal gain through a Power of Attorney.

    Common Injuries from Nursing Home Abuse

    Some of the physical injuries from nursing home abuse include the following:

    • Bedsores: Bedsores are caused by sitting or lying still for long periods. They are also called pressure ulcers or pressure sores. Bedsores often result from neglect of nursing home residents who are unable to move themselves and need assistance to turn regularly. They can also be caused by sedation, poor health, and poor surgical recovery.

      Pressure sores are more likely to develop where a resident has little muscle or fat between their skin and bone. They are painful and, if not treated, can cause disfigurement and increased risk of infection, sepsis, and death.

    • Broken bones and fractures: Sustaining fractures or broken bones is a common result of nursing home abuse. These serious injuries are usually the result of assault and battery, lack of supervision, and poor maintenance of facility floors. Even after fractures heal, diseases like arthritis may limit the mobility of older patients.

    • Head injuries: Head injuries are often caused by physical abuse or neglect, mainly due to slip-and-falls. Such injuries can result in severe brain damage and death if the resident is denied immediate medical attention.

    • Spinal injuries: Elderly residents can suffer spinal cord injuries in nursing homes, especially after a fall or where a nursing home staff is abusive, or the residents are deprived of the equipment they need for mobility. Spinal injuries can result in further complications including disability, respiratory issues, and death.

    • Bed rail injuries: Nursing homes often use bed rails to prevent residents from falling out of their beds. However, bed rails can cause injuries or death when residents are trapped in the rails or fall over them. Bed rail injuries can also occur by getting caught between the bedside table and the bed rail or mattress and rail.

    • Malnutrition and dehydration: Lack of proper food and fluids can cause malnutrition and dehydration. Malnutrition and dehydration can lead to health issues like infections, weakened immune system, and weight loss. The common causes of malnutrition and dehydration for residents include lack of individualized care, inadequate staffing of nursing homes, and forgetting to cater to a resident’s basic needs.

    • Poor personal hygiene: Hygiene-related injuries can result from neglect by nursing home staff members. Poor personal hygiene of residents can lead to serious health complications.

    Signs of Abuse and Emotional and Psychological Trauma

    There are signs of emotional distress and psychological abuse in nursing home residents that are worth noting. These include:

    • Reluctance to speak when a particular nursing staff is in the room

    • Losing interest in their surroundings and becoming withdrawn

    • Fearfulness, aggression, and anxiety

    • Sudden behavioral changes

    • Depression

    • Odd behaviors like sucking, rocking, or biting

     

    Reporting Abuse

    When you suspect or experience nursing home abuse, you must file a complaint with the nursing home administration. You can also report abuse to the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) of the Georgia Department of Community Health.

    Your nursing home administration are required to investigate resident complaints and take the necessary steps to remedy them. If you are unsatisfied with how your complaint was handled, you can always contact HFRD or call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

    Contact Dressie Law Firm Today 

    Nursing home abuse and neglect should not be left unaddressed. If you or a loved one are victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, you should seek legal support and representation by contacting personal injury attorneys to assist you in getting justice.

    Our experienced Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer can investigate your case and represent you effectively in your nursing home abuse claim. We can also help you get compensation for any injuries you suffer during your stay.

    Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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