Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The first step to recognizing signs of nursing home abuse and neglect is understanding it. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), defines elderly abuse as any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.

If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected, abused, or mistreated in a nursing home, please contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Ripplinger & Zimmer, L.L.C. in Belleville, Illinois, today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Illinois and Missouri. Please don't hesitate to call, even if you are uncertain if abuse has occurred.

Some common signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect and abuse include:

  • Bed sores (skin ulcers)
  • Dehydration
  • Falls from beds unprotected by railings
  • Improper medication
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Malnutrition
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • Poor access to medical services
  • Unreasonable physical restraint
  • Elder reports of being slapped or mistreated

When nursing home employees do not provide adequate care or supervision, residents with Alzheimer's disease, for example, may wander off and become injured. Residents may fall and suffer fractures or become victims of sexual assault.

Nursing homes must uphold certain, well-defined standards of care. When they fail to do so, their negligence can cause serious injury and even death. At Ripplinger & Zimmer, we have a long and successful track record of standing up for the rights of vulnerable, elderly nursing home residents who have been victimized by their caregivers. We work relentlessly to recover financial compensation for victims and to help ensure that other nursing home residents do not suffer similar injuries.