St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Nursing home abuse leaves a painful trace behind and though millions go unreported each year, there is much you can do to identify abusers wherever and however they operate.
Though abuse of the elderly often happens in the home, nursing homes have been closed because of abuse. Some doctors and medical professionals engage in the unethical practices of overcharging their patients or charging but not providing any healthcare at all. If your elderly loved one has been injured call the experienced St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys At Zevan Davidson for a free consultation (314) 588-7200.
Some healthcare personnel get commissions from pharmaceutical companies who sell certain drugs which have very little or no value to the elderly. This often leads to under or over-medicating patients and all too often, the recommendation of unproven remedies or blatant medical insurance fraud.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse leaves a painful trace behind and though millions go unreported each year, there is much you can do to identify abusers wherever and however they operate.
Keep your eyes open for frequent and heated arguments and increased tension between the elderly and their caregiver. If there are abrupt changes in the general behavior or personality of your elderly family member or neighbor, chances are they are being abused.
Look for unexplained signs of trauma or injury such as wounds, welts, scars or bruises especially if they look man-made. Carefully monitor prescriptions and look for evidence of an overdose or any irregularity in taking medication.
Other signs of physical abuse are broken glasses, signs of restraint on the arms, wrists or legs and the caregiver’s adamant refusal to let you see your relative alone.
Though emotional abuse leaves very few tangible signs, sexual abuse of the elderly manifests itself through unexplained bleeding in the genital or anal orifices, venereal diseases or infections and bruising around the breasts or genital area.
You can also keep an eye out for signs of negligence like malnutrition, dehydration or sudden loss of weight. If your relative also lives in unsanitary or unsafe conditions, appears soiled or dirty or appears visibly neglected in other ways – there is abuse.
Stop Abuse Today
Nursing home abuse is real. It happens behind closed doors, shuttered windows or darkened rooms. If you or someone you care about exhibits any of these signs and symptoms, do not hesitate to call a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.
Advanced age does not make a person a lesser member of society. Rather, the law provides you with even more protection. Be informed and be protected.
At the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm we have qualified nursing home abuse attorneys with the proven ability to help you and your family receive the justice you deserve. Call us at (314) 588-7200 today! Or request a free and private consultation by filling out our online contact form.
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