Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Your Rights

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There are nearly two million Americans living in facilities that offer long-term care. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are real concerns on a national level. Regulations that guide nursing home activities reveal that residents have a right of protection from sexual, verbal, mental, and physical abuse. This also includes freedom from corporal punishments and involuntary seclusion.

Abuse can result from injury, confinement that appears unreasonable, patient intimidation, and any actions that result in pain or mental anguish. Neglect can be both intentional or not, but the results can lead to anxiety or patient harm. Signs of nursing home abuse can include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Prolonged deprivation of water or food
  • Lack of physical or mental care
  • Sexual assault, battery, or rape
  • Restraints that appear unreasonable
  • Improper medication treatments
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Fractures
  • And more

If you, a loved one, or a friend appear to be experiencing nursing home abuse, the proper thing to do is to notify a legal firm that has your best interests at heart. Attorney Timm Reid and his staff are skilled legal professionals who handle complicated cases of personal injury law. Nursing homes have access to their own legal teams, and it takes an experienced Iowa neglect attorney to champion the rights of an injured plaintiff.

Attorney Timm Reid works hard for clients to show that the nursing home owed a duty to take care of the plaintiff, the nursing home failed to provide proper care, or that injury or neglect was the proximate or direct action of the nursing home.

What Clients Can Expect 

It can be a heartbreaking experience to discover that a family member has suffered abuse or injury. At the Reid Law Firm, we offer services for personal injury, medical negligence, accidents involving motor vehicles, work accidents, and mediation services. Contact the Reid Law Firm today to find out where you stand with respect to your personal or a loved one’s legal rights.