When our family members enter nursing homes, we expect that they will receive reliable care in a safe environment. Unfortunately, far too many senior citizens face abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities.
Between July 2015 and June this year, there were 5,921 reported cases of abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment in Nevada alone, according to the Aging and Disability Services Division.
This deplorable statistic mirrors a national trend: The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and older have suffered some form of abuse. What’s more, a significant number of elder abuse cases go unreported due to fear of retaliation.
If you or a family member suffered neglect or mistreatment at a nursing home in Nevada, turn to The Truman Law Firm P.C. A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer will gather evidence, interview staff members and residents, and explain your legal options.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Common Signs of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse takes many forms – from physical and sexual assault to deprivation of food and water or inappropriate use of medication. If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is critical that you regularly ask him or her about the conditions inside the facility.
However, it is important to remember that elder abuse victims often do not report their mistreatment due to fear. As such, you should look for signs of abuse and neglect.
You should be concerned if your family member appears withdrawn, confused or forgetful. Abuse may also cause uncharacteristic anger or depression.
Other signs of nursing home abuse include:
- Unkempt or dirty hair;
- Poor hygiene;
- Any untreated medical condition;
- Malnourishment or dehydration;
- A foul smell;
- Torn or bloody clothing;
- Unexplained scratches, bruises or burns; and
- Any injuries, especially those that cannot be explained.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most common risk factors of elder abuse is isolation. For this reason, you should regularly visit your loved one so he or she feels comfortable confiding in you and reporting mistreatment.
How to Report Nursing Home Abuse in Las Vegas
If you, your loved one or another resident is in imminent danger, contact the police. You should also report the incident to the Elder Rights Intake unit by calling 702-486-6930.
Then, contact a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from The Truman Law Firm P.C. Ronald W. Truman is an accident attorney who has been practicing law for more than 25 years. He graduated top 10 percent of his class from Brigham Young University.
Mr. Truman will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim against the at-fault facility or staff member. Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free initial consultation.