Common Injuries in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Despite the fact that we depend on nursing homes to treat our senior loved ones with the highest quality care, nursing home abuse is a common occurrence. Some of the most common signs of it include sudden behavioral or mood changes, dehydration or malnutrition, and poor hygiene.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse almost always leads to serious injuries that can take a serious toll on an older adult’s health and wellbeing. Below, we’ll further discuss common injuries that are seen in nursing home abuse cases.
If you suspect your senior loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, don’t hesitate to consult an experienced nursing home abuse attorney at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. We can investigate the situation and inform you of your legal options. Call us at (404) 419-6674 or use our online contact form today.
What Types of Injuries Does Nursing Home Abuse Cause?
There are a number of injuries that nursing home residents may experience if they face abuse. However, some of the most common ones include:
Also known as pressure ulcers, bedsores arise when a senior remains in one position for an excessive period of time and prolonged pressure is placed on their skin. Bedsores are typically seen on the heels, ankles, and hips. It is the nursing home staff’s responsibility to make sure that residents move frequently to prevent bedsores. When they fail to do so, bedsores develop and cause a great deal of pain and discomfort for seniors.
Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, of the 1.6 million residents in U.S. nursing facilities, approximately half fall annually. Falls are often the result of wet floors, inadequate lighting, improperly fitted wheelchairs, and a lack of supervision by nursing home staff. In many cases, they lead to life-threatening head injuries as well as traumatic brain injuries.
It’s common for senior adults to bruise easily. However, unexplained bruising is an injury that is usually the result of nursing home abuse. It can occur when a nursing home staff member drops a patient, treat them violently, or engages in any type of sexual abuse. Malnutrition, which is a common sign of nursing home abuse may lead to unexplained bruising as well.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
When nursing homes don’t have enough staff or hire personnel that are careless or irresponsible, some seniors who wear diapers may not get changed for hours and face UTIs. Also, older adults may not get the hydration and also develop UTIs. If they are not treated in a timely manner, UTIs can lead to other serious issues like sepsis and even death.
Since older adults have bones that are more fragile than those of younger adults, they are more likely to break their bones. Sadly, acts of nursing home abuse often lead to broken bones. Acts like lifting the residents into or out of the bed improperly, keeping too much clutter in their room, ignoring the diagnosis of bone diseases like osteoporosis, and failing to give the resident devices to assist them in standing or moving into a wheelchair can all result in broken bones.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC
Your senior loved one deserves to be treated with the utmost care and respect in a nursing home environment. If you believe their injury was a direct result of nursing home abuse, don’t hesitate to contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC right away. Our firm can ensure the liable party is held accountable for their negligence and your senior is out of a dangerous environment. Call us at (404) 419-6674 today.