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Is Your Parent Or Someone You Love Showing Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse?

There can be a number of signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. Our SeaTac area attorneys recommend that the best way to determine if your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse is to become aware of what these signs are. If you notice any indication of nursing home abuse or neglect, The Hornbuckle Firm can help ensure your loved one is protected and justice is served.

At The Hornbuckle Firm, our nursing home abuse lawyers have the financial resources and expertise in this area of law to investigate your case, uncover the truth, and hold negligent nursing homes accountable in court or by way of settlements.

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Signs Of Physical, Sexual, Verbal & Emotional Abuse

Signs of physical nursing home abuse may include unexplained injuries such as bruises, cuts, fractures, or concussions. Sexual abuse in nursing homes may have similar signs with the addition of:

  • Bruises on the hips or breasts
  • Bite marks
  • STDs

When a nursing home resident is the victim of physical or sexual abuse, he or she may begin to display signs similar to those common with verbal and emotional abuse. These may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Mood swings
  • Depression, anger, or agitation
  • Visible discomfort or reluctance to speak around nursing home staff

If you notice any of these changes in your loved one’s behavior, our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys can help you determine your best course of action.

Signs of Neglect

Neglect in nursing homes can often be spotted through signs such as:

  • Malnourishment or dehydration
  • Over- or under-medication
  • Bed sores
  • Generally unsanitary conditions
  • Infections
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Poor personal hygiene

Signs of neglect may not be as immediately apparent as those accompanying the various forms of nursing home abuse. However, these signs can indicate that your loved one is in serious danger of catastrophic injury or even death.

What You Can Do

The best way to spot nursing home abuse or neglect is through frequent unannounced visits to your loved one’s care facility. During these visits, take time to evaluate your loved one’s physical and emotional condition, checking for any signs of mistreatment. Also, take time to talk to your loved one, listening to their experiences while remaining alert to any indications of abuse. Frequent visits will not only give you an opportunity to check in on your loved one, they will allow you to familiarize yourself with the staff and management at the home. This can be invaluable should you have suspicions about abuse or neglect, as you will already have a working relationship with those charged with your loved one’s care.

If you suspect nursing home abuse, you should bring it to the attention of management immediately. But in order to ensure your loved one’s rights are protected, you should involve one of our attorneys as soon as possible. We have decades of experience helping protect victims of nursing home abuse, and we will fight aggressively to ensure your loved one gets the justice he or she deserves.

If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please call (425) 679-0742 or 1-800-532-2655 or contact our Bellevue law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. The firm has litigated cases in Washington, Tennessee, and Texas. We accept cases from all states throughout the country as well as cases in and around Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma, WA.


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Please call (425) 679-0742 or contact The Hornbuckle Firm today to schedule your free nursing home abuse and neglect consultation. The firm has litigated cases in Washington, Tennessee, and Texas. We accept cases from all states across the country.


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