Both kinds of injuries are widespread at many Kentucky nursing homes. One in ten residents have survived abuse or neglect. Nursing home abuse is an intentional injury, like an assault. Nursing home neglect is an unintentional injury, like a slip and fall.
To keep an eye on their loved ones in nursing homes, many families use “granny cams.” These hidden surveillance cameras are usually legal in Kentucky. The rules in other states are usually different. An obvious advantage to such cameras is that they provide positive proof of abuse or neglect.
But these cameras have some significant disadvantages as well. One such drawback is the camera’s limited range. It only records footage of events that occur directly in front of the lens. Additionally, surveillance video often deflates worker morale. They feel like Big Brother is watching. And, at many long-term care facilities, employee morale is already precariously low.
So, in many cases, it’s better to look for some common signs of abuse or neglect injuries. If you detect any such evidence, reach out to a Lexington personal injury attorney straightaway. The sooner you act, the sooner an attorney intervenes. This intervention not only means compensation for injuries. It also means that other residents are protected.
Early stage bedsores are basically red spots. These injuries usually appear on the knees, ankles, and other bony parts of the body. Early stage pressure ulcers are not terribly serious. But these wounds quickly inflame and become life-threatening.
Sudden personality changes almost always indicate emotional abuse. Younger people usually have outlets in these situations. They vent to other people or on social media. But nursing home residents must normally internalize these feelings. Personality changes, like extreme agitation or extreme withdrawal, are how they come out.
Fractures or Head Injuries
Some falls are pure accidents. People lose their footing for some reason. But negligence, or a lack of care, almost always causes such injuries. Usually, the nursing home owner is legally and financially responsible for fall and other injuries.
Much like falls, infections normally do not occur accidentally. Inattention or an unsanitary environment usually causes them. These injuries are especially serious if the victim has a pre-existing condition. And, nearly all nursing home residents have such illnesses. That’s usually why they are in the facility to begin with.
Elopement or Wandering Incidents
Many nursing home residents wander aimlessly. Well-staffed nursing homes usually have staff members in the halls and other such areas. These employees then gently redirect wandering residents to their rooms or to a common area. Poorly-staffed facilities usually allow wandering. These residents could wander into construction areas or into another resident’s room. Since many residents have little privacy, they often react angrily in these situations.
Rapid Weight Loss
Malnutrition is a serious problem at many long-term care facilities. Lack of healthy food is usually not the problem. Instead, the problem is usually lack of consumption. As we age, our eyes, ears, and other sensory organs degrade. This degradation also affects taste buds. Since food no longer tastes good, many older people simply don’t eat. The nursing home has a legal duty to not only serve food, but also ensure that residents eat what they are served.
Reluctance to Speak Around Certain Staff Members
This sign of nursing home abuse or neglect may be the most important one. Abused residents normally don’t speak in front of their abusers, normally because they fear retaliation. If the issue is neglect, many residents stay quiet as well. They usually don’t want to cause trouble for the neglectful staffer. That’s especially true if the staffer acted remorseful or told the resident a sob story.
Unexplained Superficial Injuries
Much like broken bones or head injuries, wounds like cuts, welts, or bruises, which could be in various stages of healing, usually do not occur accidentally. Many nursing home residents are so physically frail that a tiny bit of force could cause a serious injury. In many cases, often due to malnutrition, these injuries do not heal quickly or properly.
Unsanitary or Dirty Conditions
If the staff neglects a nursing home’s physical environment, they more than likely neglect the people who live there as well. Furthermore, unsanitary conditions are unsafe. Hazards like wet spots on floors often cause falls.
Sudden or Unusual Behavioral Changes
This abuse/neglect indicator is much like the personality changes mentioned above. Some residents internalize trauma. So, they revert to child-like habits, such as biting, rocking, or thumb-sucking.
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters. #goodelawyers