When Elders Complain, Listen

If you’re in the United States and you have an elderly loved one that is staying in a nursing home, you’ll want to be sure that you listen intently to what they tell you.

Read on to learn why it’s important that you listen to your elder’s complaints while they’re staying in a nursing home.

Nursing Home Abuse Prevails

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), incidents occurring in nursing homes that put residents in danger grew by 11% from 2013 to 2017.

According to the Associated Press, a data analysis conducted in 2016 discovered that nearly 6,600 cases of potential abuse or neglect within nursing homes went unreported to the relevant authorities.

According to a study from the National Research Council, only one out of every 14 cases of elder abuse is reported in the U.S.

Signs of Abuse

If your elder complains of abuse while they’re staying in a nursing home, ask them if they have endured any visible damage as a result. Keep your eyes peeled for the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Bedsores
  • Bruising near genitals
  • Negative shifts in their behaviors or emotions
  • Mysterious sicknesses or infections

Be sure to take as much documentation of your elder’s complaints and their physical ailments as possible.

We’re Here to Help

If your loved one is in a nursing home to help with their round-the-clock care and they’ve endured abuse as a result, our attorneys at Benoit Law Firm, PLLC are here to help. Our team has handled many other cases just like yours, and we can help you, too. Your elder doesn’t have time to waste, and neither do you. Don’t wait—contact us with your case right away.

Call the Charlotte lawyers at Benoit Law Firm, PLLC today at (877) 600-7212 to speak with an attorney about your personal injury case.