Nursing homes are responsible for providing a safe and nurturing environment for aging and elderly people. If your loved one’s nursing home has fallen short of delivering adequate care, you have every right to be angry and every right to seek compensation on behalf of your loved one. An experienced attorney can help you take action against the neglect or abuse your loved one has endured.
Determining Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
Although nursing home residents can become ill or pass away even with loving and attentive care from staff members, fatalities and injuries can also be the result of inadequate care and negligence.
Many law firms may handle nursing home neglect claims, but the right lawyer will know how to prove if there is direct causation between your loved one’s accident and any negligent care. At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, we consult with industry-leading experts when preparing our personal injury claims for a favorable resolution.
Neglect may include:
- Bedsores or decubitus ulcers
- Patient wandering
- A lack of timely care
- Handling patients in a rough manner
- Improperly administering medication
- Withholding medication
- Stealing medication from patients
- Verbal and physical mistreatment
At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, our Southaven nursing home abuse lawyers want to help you take action and seek justice for your loved one. Don’t wait! If you suspect your elderly friend or family member is a victim of abuse or neglect, get in touch today.
Recognizing the Signs of Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home residents depend on caregivers for their daily needs. But when nursing homes are understaffed, poorly managed, the staff is not trained properly or is overworked and understaffed, residents can be put at great risk.
The signs of abuse and neglect caused by nursing home staff can vary from subtle to very blatant signs, such as:
- Unexplained injuries
- Loss of ability to communicate
- Anxiety around certain nursing home staff
- Dry skin and sunken eyes
- Rapid weight loss
- Urinary tract infections
- Organ failure
- Becoming closed off
Unexplained injuries can vary from bruising, and torn clothes, to obvious cuts. Anxiety around specific staff should never be ignored. If your elder seems to shrink or shy away from someone, this is often a clear sign that they are not comfortable around that person for some reason.
Constant wandering, although not uncommon with dementia patients, can be another sign of abuse. Abuse in the form of neglect may be easier to spot. The rapid decline in personal hygiene and untreated health problems can lead to an untimely death. Take action before it gets to that point!
Holding Nursing Homes Responsible for Neglecting Residents
At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, our attorneys collectively have over 100 years of experience handling nursing home neglect and abuse claims throughout North Mississippi. We know the signs of neglect and have access to industry-leading experts invaluable in helping us prove standard operating procedures were ignored, leading to catastrophic and sometimes fatal results.
When you file an abuse or neglect claim through our firm, we will make sure it is prepared with enough facts to prove fault, even when liability is initially unclear. We will review every applicable document and thoroughly investigate every claim made. If necessary, we can consult former nursing home administrators and collect testimony from other residents, and current or former staff members that could also be used to substantiate our claim.
If your loved one is a victim of abuse or inadequate care, our lawyers can hold the nursing home accountable. Compensation for victims of nursing home abuse or neglect can include damages such as medical care, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
Contact an attorney right away regarding your case. We will review your case for free to determine if you have a claim and will charge nothing unless we recover compensation for you.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps those whose loved ones have been victims of nursing home abuse/neglect throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.