Nursing home neglect or abuse comes in many forms. Sometimes nursing home neglect in Arizona can occur simply because caregivers fail to ensure that residents are protected against any injuries that they may cause themselves. For example, if a person were to fall out of a wheelchair because he or she was not properly secured, this would be construed as nursing home neglect.
Yet other times neglect goes beyond a simple mistake such as this and may become outright abuse. Physical injuries such as bruising, broken bones, cuts, swelling, and other injuries are indicative of truly abusive conduct by caregivers in a nursing home facility.
Emotional and psychological abuse by caregivers, while more difficult to prove, may also play a factor along with physical signs of abuse or neglect. A loved one’s sudden change in behavior may indicate such abuse. Unusual patterns of behavior such as sudden frustration, anxiety, feelings of guilt, or depression can also indicate that abuse or neglect may be happening at the facility in which he or she resides.
While your feeling that abuse or neglect may be occurring cannot be used as evidence in a possible nursing home abuse trial, it is important to follow up any suspicions to protect your loved one and others in the same facility. In this way, nursing homes and other long term care facilities in Chandler and elsewhere in Arizona will be put on notice that elder abuse or neglect will not be tolerated.
If you suspect that a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you may want to consult with a Chandler, Arizona personal injury attorney. For a free, no-obligation consultation of your potential case, please contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C. We have been protecting the rights of personal injury victims, including those who have been harmed due to nursing home abuse or neglect, for many years and have the legal knowledge to determine if an individual has a valid claim.