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Las Vegas Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Lawyer

The thought of nursing home elder abuse is disturbing. The idea that a caregiver, nurse, or other facility employee could inflict harm on a vulnerable, defenseless senior citizen is almost beyond imagining. Yet thousands of elderly people deal with daily neglect and abuse in nursing home facilities. Statistics aren’t accurate with this issue because researchers believe it goes largely underreported. Many victims have dementia and cannot talk about their plight. It’s up to you to detect and put an end to elder abuse against your loved one. Sean Claggett and his elder abuse and neglect attorneys can help.

Signs of Elder Neglect and Abuse

Putting a stop to elder abuse starts with detecting there is an issue. As a close friend or family member, visit your elderly loved one often to check for signs of neglect or abuse. There are four main types of elder abuse: physical, mental, financial, and sexual. Physical and sexual abuse may show visible signs, such as bruising, slap marks, restraint marks, cuts, burns, and unexplained injuries. Mental abuse is more difficult to detect, but it can show signs such as:

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Withdrawal from favorite activities
  • Unusual or anti-social behaviors
  • Sudden anger or aggressive outbursts
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
  • Low self-esteem
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Avoiding eye contact

Financial exploitation may come in the form of stolen property, last-minute changes in wills, or extravagant gifts to strangers. Check your loved one’s financial accounts regularly, and investigate unusual withdrawals. There is also elder neglect, or the lack of proper care. Neglect can lead to bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, overmedicating, ulcers, wounds, and wrongful death. As soon as you detect any potential sign of elder abuse, report your suspicions to the facility. If you fear for your loved one’s health and safety, take him or her out of the facility immediately.

What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Take your loved one’s allegations seriously, even if he or she has dementia. Investigate any claims of abuse or strange behaviors from your loved one. Do not write them off as hallucinations or lies. Once you report your suspicions to the facility, see if the nursing home does anything to remedy the situation, such as fire the alleged offender or launch an investigation. If this approach feels like a dead end or if the harm to your loved one is of a criminal nature (e.g., assault and battery), contact local Las Vegas police.

As soon as your loved one is in a safe place, give our fir a call. We can help you file a personal injury claim for the senior citizen’s pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, lost enjoyment of life, and physical injuries. You can file this claim at the same time as an ongoing criminal investigation. Retaining an experienced injury attorney in Las Vegas can increase your chances of a successful claim. We want to help you and your loved one escape from abuse and pursue justice against the offender. Call (702) 333-7777 for a free case evaluation today. We offer home, nursing home, and hospital visits.