Many Kansas nursing home patients receive outstanding care from nursing home medical professionals on a regular basis. However, there are also a significant number of nursing home patients who are physically or verbally abused on a regular basis. Because many nursing home patients may not be able to verbally communicate their feelings and concerns to nursing home personnel and/or their loved ones, abuse is often overlooked. A patient may wish to share his or her concerns, but simply does not have the power to do so. If your loved one is receiving care in a nursing home and you suspect your loved one is being physically abused, you should consult with a Kansas nursing home negligence attorney right away.
How Do I Know If My Loved One Has Been Physically Abused?
Signs that a nursing home patient has been physically abused include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Cuts or scrapes;
- Bruising on any part of the body;
- Swelling or bleeding;
- Pressure marks (often resulting in bed sores due to patient neglect);
- Signs of poor hygiene;
- Signs that the patient has soiled him or herself (i.e., not receiving proper assistance in order to use the restroom);
- Burn marks; and
- Depression (i.e., if the nursing home patient generally seems unhappy, unmotivated, sad, and in emotional pain).
It is very important to understand that physical and other forms of abuse may not be discovered for quite some time after the abuse has begun, as many nursing home patients do not see visitors on a regular basis. Further, it is also important to remember that physical abuse is not limited to one individual literally hitting a nursing home patient in some way. Physical abuse can also be present in the form of neglect. As such, neglect of a nursing home patient can certainly lead to physical injuries, and thus could be considered physical abuse.
Should I Complaint to the Nursing Home?
If your loved one has suffered physical or verbal abuse, you may consider voicing your own concerns to nursing home staff members. However, if you are unsure how to approach the situation, you may benefit from the guidance and assistance of a Kansas nursing home negligence attorney who has the necessary experience to evaluate the specific facts of your case and provide you with what options you may have.
While it is acceptable for a loved one to complain to nursing home staff regarding the poor quality of care, abuse or neglect of a patient, such complaints may lead to further harm if nursing home staff become upset or defensive after becoming aware of the complaints. In such cases, a qualified Kansas nursing home attorney can help you address the concerns you may have with the quality of care your loved one is receiving in a nursing home.
Contact Kansas City Nursing Home Negligence Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
When loved ones are placed in nursing homes, the hope we have is that our loved ones will receive the quality care they deserve and improve their health enough to be able to eventually leave the nursing home. However, instead of receiving quality medical care, many nursing home patients are suffering from the negligent conduct of nursing home personnel. Patients are physically abused much more often than many people realize. When you or your loved one has suffered harm as a result of nursing home abuse, it is imperative that you consult with a highly skilled Kansas nursing home negligence attorney as soon as possible as you may be entitled to compensation. With more than 27 years of experience seeking justice for his clients, Michael R. Lawless has the dedication and resources to pursue a personal injury case on behalf of you or your loved one. To schedule a free consultation, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to you as soon as possible.