Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorney

It can be a difficult decision to send a loved one to a nursing home, but many families in Metairie Louisiana and The Greater New Orleans area, decide that nursing homes are the best fit to provide the specific types of care necessary for elderly people and people with special needs. Oftentimes, families can rest easy knowing that their loved one is being cared for around-the-clock by professionals. But what happens when nursing homes don’t take care of their patients?

When employees at a nursing home neglect or abuse a patient, the patient’s family has the right to sue. Because it can be difficult to prove these accusations, families should consult with an experienced law firm in Metairie Louisiana that they trust to ensure they will be properly represented and get justice for their loved one.

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Nursing Home Neglect

and Abuse

Most facilities in Louisiana do provide this compassionate care for their residents and patients. But unfortunately, neglect and abuse of elders and people with special needs is more common than one might think.

In fact, Louisiana is reportedly the second worst state in the U.S. in nursing home neglect and abuse. Reports have found that about 14% of Louisiana nursing homes are deficient in essential ways. Some nursing homes are understaffed, or the staff they do have may be under-trained or underqualified, leading to neglect or abuse of patients.

The legal definition of neglect is the failure to give proper attention, supervision, or necessities (physical or medical) to someone that it leads to or is likely to lead to their harm. When nursing home employees accidentally or intentionally cause residents to suffer physical, emotional, or psychological harm, this is considered nursing home abuse.

What Types of Abuse Do Patients Suffer From?

There are all different types of cases regarding abuse and neglect in a nursing home setting, but some are more common than others. Cases often seen in Louisiana include:

  • Falling when unsupervised or the nursing home is unequipped with rails, etc;
  • Pressure sores or bed sores from not moving enough;
  • Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water;
  • Lack of care for existing medical problems or use of a medication not authorized by a physician;
  • Unnecessary restraint;
  • Assault and battery; or
  • Rape or other forms of sexual assault or battery.

Signs of abuse

Families may notice certain things about their loved one that lead them to believe that nursing home abuse or neglect is taking place. The resident may be acting strange or mention something that was not reported to the family. Signs of abuse and neglect may include any or all of the following:

  • Unexplained injuries;
  • Psychological issues (depression, loss of appetite, etc.);
  • Sudden changes in personality (agitation, incessant rocking, withdrawal, refusal to communicate);
  • Infections;
  • Severe medication;
  • Loss or lack of mobility;
  • Instances of wandering, particularly for residents who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Unsanitary living conditions or poor personal hygiene; 
  • Weight loss, malnutrition or dehydration;
  • Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence; or
  • Frequent illnesses or issues not reported to the family.
  • Unexplained injuries;
  • Psychological issues (depression, loss of appetite, etc.);
  • Sudden changes in personality (agitation, incessant rocking, withdrawal, refusal to communicate);
  • Infections;
  • Severe medication;
  • Loss or lack of mobility;
  • Instances of wandering, particularly for residents who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Unsanitary living conditions or poor personal hygiene;
  • Weight loss, malnutrition or dehydration;
  • Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence; or
  • Frequent illnesses or issues not reported to the family.

If you notice any of the above signs, you should contact a nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys immediately to voice your concerns.

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How Creighton Macaluso Law Firm Can Help

If you believe someone is taking advantage of your elderly or disabled loved one in a nursing home, you need a legal team who cares enough to protect their rights and advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Our team at Creighton Macaluso Law Firm, in Metairie Louisiana, is here to help. We serve the entire Greater New Orleans area.

Call our practice at (504) 475-CMAC to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION today.

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