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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse



Nursing home abuse happens every day in California. Nursing home residents are often the victims of horrible elder abuse because they have physical or mental restrictions that leave them unable to communicate what is going on. The first step in preventing nursing home abuse is to recognize the signs. Nursing home abuse can be mental, physical, or simple negligence. Regardless of the form, nursing home abuse should be reported and if you see any of the signs they should be immediately investigated.

Signs of nursing abuse that should
be immediately investigated include

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures
  • Bedsores
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of weight or appetite
  • Any sudden behavioral change
  • Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitors or refusing to allow visitors to see resident
  • Specific complaints by residents
  • Loss of resident's possessions
  • Sudden changes in bank accounts, will, trust, or other financial documents

Mental Abuse

  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Unusual behavior patterns
  • Confusion
  • Not willing to communicate
  • Derogatory, humiliating comments by staff

Physical Abuse

  • Bruises, welts, swelling
  • Broken bones
  • Sudden loss of weight
  • Wounds, cuts, burns
  • Hidden injuries

Neglect and Abuse

  • Bed sores (decubitus ulcers)
  • Malnutrition
  • Unsanitary environment
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Fecal or urine odor
  • Lack of assistance with eating and drinking
  • Missing money or property
  • Sudden changes in personal and financial affairs

If any of these warning signs of abuse or neglect exist with your loved one please contact me, Attorney Joel Bryant, today. I offer a no-charge consultation and accept injury cases on contingency, meaning my fees are paid only from the money I recover by settlement or in court, otherwise, there is no fee. Please call me today at (619) 239-7900 for a free legal consultation.

“Joel and his team were the help I needed to approach the nursing home that didn’t take good care of my grandmother. With Joel’s help, my grandmother was fairly compensated for the injuries she suffered as a result of the nursing home’s neglect and abuse.”

Andrea C.

“When one of the most tragic events happened in my life, Joel Bryant and Jason Julius were there for me when I needed someone the most. They both were very professional, honest, compassionate, and supportive."

Brent R.

“Joel was amazingly accessible, by phone, email and often, in person, and still is. He is a professional with an understanding heart, and a sense of humor. I still feel very fortunate to have had him on my side.”

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