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Nebraska Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Elder Neglect & Abuse in Omaha Nursing Homes

Dramatic and tragic things happen in nursing homes. They range from malnutrition, to falls, to medication mistakes, to neglect that causes dramatic bedsores and decubitus ulcers. Changes in any of these areas merit immediate attention and may signal dramatic problems.

Evidence of these changes often makes a material difference in cases Domina Law Group handles for clients with personal injuries and deaths occurring in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, homes for developmentally-disabled persons, or other places where residents of limited abilities have a right to expect quality care.

Our nursing home practice and our practice for developmentally disabled persons includes:

  • Death by bedrail strangulation.
  • Death by caregiver neglect.
  • Failure to provide adequate services in a residential center.
  • Decubitus ulcers so badly neglected that major surgery was required, resulting in significant loss of body tissue.
  • Failure to assess patients for risks of pressure sores.
  • Mistreatment.
  • Failure to inform legal guardians of treatment plans.

We are often called upon to end mistreatment before a dramatic injury or death occurs and try to do our best to bring the negligent party accountable as soon as possible.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or negligence, contact our Nebraska nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 387-4134 to get started on your case.

Nursing Home Abuse FAQ

1. Does the resident show signs of physical abuse or unexplained injury?

  • Bruising.
  • Abrasions.
  • Cuts.
  • Apparent fractures.
  • Extraordinary pain.
  • Peculiar movements.
  • Guarded behaviors.

2. Has the resident demonstrated an unexplained dramatic change in condition?

  • Dramatic changes in condition.
  • Dramatic changes in mood.
  • Guarded behaviors.
  • Withdrawal.
  • Sudden or unexplained depression.
  • Emotionality.
  • Dramatic lack of emotionality.

3. Is the resident uncharacteristically sedate, lethargic, or unresponsive?

  • Unexplained sleep or drowsiness.
  • Changes in affect and behaviors.
  • Hyperactivity or hypoactivity.
  • Comments about changes in medications or medication times.
  • Other signs of fears or psychosis.
  • Lethargy.
  • Unresponsiveness.

4. Has the resident’s weight changed significantly?

  • Weight changes.
  • Discernible changes in eating habits.
  • Swallowing difficulties.
  • Food refusals.
  • Food demands.
  • Apparent mistiming of meals during visits.
  • Apparent changes in food quality.
  • Hydration failures.

5. Has the resident’s skin broken down or changed?

  • Pressure sores.
  • Ulcers.
  • Unusual coloration.
  • Open sores.
  • Blackened or decaying flesh.
  • Unusual bruises.
  • Guarded behaviors.
  • Suspicion about lack of bathing.
  • Body odors.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse in any form is inexcusable, but is more common in nursing homes than most would believe. Whether it’s of a physical, sexual, or psychological nature, nursing home abuse is also terribly underreported. That’s a symptom of abuse, and one common among those in vulnerable or fragile states of health, and among any victim who fears fighting back against abusers.

Common signs of abuse include:

  • Unexplained injuries, bruises, cuts, or broken bones, as well as residents being reluctant to explain how those injuries occurred. This may indicate rough handling when transporting or repositioning residents, force feeding, and administration of medicines, or willful and intentional infliction of harm.
  • Sudden or unexplained changes in behavior, including depression, agitation, isolation, fear, anxiety, embarrassment and silence.
  • Strained or visibly unusual relationships between staff and residents, including fear and anxiousness in the presence of certain staff members.
  • A lack of interest or enjoyment in activities or hobbies residents once enjoyed.
  • Signs of punishment or retaliation committed by staff, including isolation, bullying, harassment, restraints, and more.
  • Failures of staff to respond to complaints and appropriately handle allegations of abuse, including physical and sexual abuse.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes and their employees have a legal obligation to take steps which ensure the health and safety of residents. Failures to uphold that obligation often result from negligence that could and should have been prevented – and commonly constitutes a violation of duties to patients.

While signs of neglect may be initially subtle, they can quickly escalate into extreme suffering and serious injuries or death. Knowing the warning signs and taking immediate action to voice concerns is critical.

Common signs that staff may be neglecting residents include:

  • Weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration caused by staff neglecting basic needs for food and water.
  • Poor hygiene, unsanitary conditions, infections, bed sores, and other signs of poor personal hygiene that may be caused by neglecting personal care and bathing, or failing to rotate a resident.
  • Failures to properly address and treat injuries, including those resulting from falls, abuse, and pre-existing neglect.
  • Worsening of medical condition symptoms or adverse health effects caused by medication errors, failures to monitor resident health, and other staffing errors.
  • Unexplained falls, accidents, or repeated avoidable incidents and mishaps that may indicate a lack of supervision, assistance, and appropriate care.
  • Decreased mobility which may be result from a lack of assistance, staffing problems, and more.
  • Behavioral changes, depression, isolation, and other signs that suggest a resident’s emotional needs are being neglected.

Signs of Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse committed by staff or fellow residents is common in nursing homes. While capitalizing on trust or taking advantage of vulnerability for financial gain may be a crime – no criminal case provides a viable source of compensation to victims and their families for all their suffering and damages. Victims and their loved ones must pursue civil litigation when they suspect or know financial exploitation has occurred.

Common signs of financial abuse involving the elderly or disabled include:

  • Unauthorized cashing of residents’ checks
  • Forging a resident’s signature
  • Coercing or deceiving residents to sign financial documents
  • Sudden and unexplained money or asset transfers, transactions, changes to wills, and bank account withdrawals
  • Living conditions below the financial resources of a resident
  • Lost jewelry, collections, and other valuables

Assisted Living Options

Assisted living facilities are a popular alternative to nursing home care. Opportunities for physical or financial neglect are greatly diminished in these facilities due to the resident’s autonomy. The National Center for Assisted Living provides development and operational guidelines for these facilities. Their data, including regulatory reviews from assisted living facilities performed by the NCAL, can be obtained from licensing authorities. Some of the safeguards concerning nursing home care apply to assisted living facilities - family members should be on guard about these matters.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Serving Nebraska & Beyond

When you suspect neglect or abuse may be to blame for your loved one’s injuries, losses, or emotional suffering, working with experienced attorneys is vital. As proven trial practitioners, our team at Domina Law Group is available to discuss your concerns, as well as your rights, available options, and how we may be able to help you seek justice and compensation. Eliminating nursing home abuse and neglect is of tremendous importance, and we value our role as advocates and litigators who help victims make their voices heard – even when they face off against corporations and commercial insurance carriers that prioritize profits over people.

Contact us today and speak with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys in Omaha if you have any questions about a potential claim.

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