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Nursing Home Abuse FAQs

Six FAQs About Nursing Home Abuse

The suspicion that a loved one of yours is being abused or neglected in a nursing home may leave you angry, confused and frustrated. It is hard to know what to do and what to believe, especially when nursing home staff members have explanations and excuses for what looks like an elderly or ill person being hurt.

The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Hardison & Cochran can help if you think someone you care about is being intentionally harmed or neglected in a long-term care facility in North Carolina. We can move to stop mistreatment and to obtain compensation for medical care or other needs linked to neglect or abuse.

Below are some frequently asked questions we get from people who think a loved one’s health and well-being has been jeopardized by their treatment in a nursing home. If we can answer your concerns or provide legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our offices in Raleigh. We will act quickly and decisively for you and your family member.

What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Experts recognize four types of nursing home abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and financial. In some cases the victim has physical injuries that can be observed, and in other cases you may recognize a marked change in behavior.

Is nursing home abuse a widespread problem?

Most studies of thetype of abuse that occurs in nursing homes focus on the larger problem of elder abuse. But various studies indicate that, yes, abuse of the elderly in and outside of nursing homes is a widespread problem.

What do I do if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?

If you see signs of abuse or neglect that endanger a nursing home resident’s life, you should phone 911 to summon emergency medical assistance. In other cases, you should notify nursing home management, the state’s regulatory body and/or an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney.

HI think my mother is being improperly restrained at the nursing home where she lives, but the staff says it’s necessary. How can I tell what’s right?

By federal law, a nursing home resident may not be restrained unless there is a valid medical reason for doing so. This means a resident may not be restrained simply for the convenience of nursing home staff members charged with caring for them.

I have a friend in a nursing home who I think is being treated badly, but her family does not seem to care. Do I have standing to act on her behalf?

Anyone who suspects another person is being harmed through abuse or neglect has a right and duty to act. As attorneys pursuing a complaint involving nursing home abuse, we at Hardison & Cochran would officially be acting in the abuse victim’s name, but most investigations begin with someone else.

What can a nursing home abuse or neglect attorney do to help me and my loved one?

An attorney will protect your loved one’s rights and represent your and your loved one’s best interests in a case in which abuse or neglect is suspected. Having an experienced nursing home abuse attorney on your side ensures that harm done to your loved one will be corrected and will not be swept under the rug.

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