Signs of Nursing Home Abuse from a Mobile Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Placing your loved one in a nursing home is already a difficult decision to make without the added worry that someone may abuse them. All homes for the elderly should provide a safe, clean place of living, but if you suspect that your loved one is being abused, there are many signs to look for. At the law firm of Maloney-Lyons, our attorneys can assist you in finding a proper home, recovering damages for the abused party and obtaining the right medical care if necessary.

Some of the physical signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Dirty or unkempt linens
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Bedsores and/or cuts
  • Other wounds or abrasions
  • Sudden change in weight
  • Infections
  • Loss of hair
  • Dehydration
  • Fractures or head injuries
  • Malnutrition
  • Signs of rape or sexual assault
  • Fractured hips and/or broken arms

However, not every sign may be easily noticed. Some mental signs of nursing home abuse are:

  • Emotionally upset or restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Being withdrawn or non-communicative
  • Abrupt wandering
  • Refusal to speak with staff members present
  • Preference for isolation 
  • Exhibiting fears of being touched
  • Infantile or other strange behaviors
  • Suddenly sedated by staff

One of the first steps in seeking help is to report the suspected abuse. After doing so, you should obtain legal counsel from a Mobile nursing home abuse attorney. The lawyers at Maloney-Lyons are available for free consultations to provide you with the information you need. Contact them today to find out what you need to do to keep this from affecting those you care about.