It seems that every other week, a story breaks in the media about negligence at a senior living facility, the most recent about a Colorado facility that lost a $3.2 million lawsuit when a man under their care died from bedsores.
Like many people, you may have an elderly relative, or you yourself may be in a nursing home, assisted living or other type of elderly care facility. Most of these businesses go to great strides to care for their residents, offering medical treatment, assistance with errands and medication, health and wellness consultations, and fellowship.
If you have a loved one in a senior facility, you should know and be on the lookout for telltale indications that the facility may be negligent.
Signs of nursing home negligence
- Messy or disorganized living conditions
- Lack of basic hygiene
- Residents wandering unattended
- Lack of care for existing medical problems
- Unexplained or unexpected death of a resident
- Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t make sense
- Frequent “illnesses”
- They become withdrawn or non-communicative
- Unusual or unexplained behavior
- They become emotional or agitated easily
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Unresponsiveness or dementia
- Patient falling out of their bed
The most important thing you can do in this type of situation is to hire experienced legal representation. If litigation is necessary, the facility will have lawyers who will do everything possible to save their clients money. You will need an experienced nursing home negligence attorney who will advocate for your rights.