When your loved one enters a nursing home, you expect that (s)he will be cared for better than (s)he could be on his or her own, and you trust the nursing home staff to look after your loved one’s physical and mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, however, nursing home assaults and other types of physical abuse can take place because:
- Nursing homes do not always employ enough staff to properly supervise patients, which can lead to patients assaulting each other.
- Nursing homes may not perform background checks on staff or properly train staff on how to resolve conflicts.
- Nursing home staff may not have patients’ best interests in mind (and may be the ones assaulting patients).
In such cases, both the nursing home and its staff may be held liable for patients’ injuries, and injured patients and their families can obtain compensation for physical abuse by following through with a nursing home abuse lawsuit.
Signs of Nursing Home Assaults
Because you will not be able to constantly monitor the actions of nursing home staff or other nursing home patients, it’s crucial that you are aware of the signs of nursing home assaults so you know when to seek help for your elderly loved one. Some indications that your elderly loved one may have been the victim of a nursing home assault or some other type of physical abuse include (but are not limited to):
- Broken bones or sprains
- Bruising and/or black eyes
- Cuts or bleeding
- Emotional withdrawal, anxiety or depression
- Sores on the wrists, ankles or neck (which could indicate an improper use of restraints)
- Unexplained injuries.
St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers and Lawsuits
The St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in nursing home abuse cases, catastrophic injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If your elderly loved one has been the victim of a nursing home assault or of any type of nursing home abuse, our Missouri and Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.