Neglect isn’t always easy to identify in ways that make the observer feel certain that neglect—and not some alternative influence—is what is causing the victim’s suffering. Why is this? Neglect, by definition, is the failure to attend to basic needs. One would think that such an egregious form of mistreatment would be easy to identify. However, so many of the physical and emotional “red flags” that signal neglect can—oftentimes—be attributed to other circumstances. As a result, it can be difficult for the loved ones of older and medically vulnerable Americans who reside in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to know when they should—and shouldn’t—be seeking legal guidance concerning potentially valid suspicions about neglect.
What Is Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing home neglect may involve withholding—either intentionally or as a result of unintentional inaction on the part of the overworked staff—basic attention, resources, and services from a resident. They may be denied proper food, hydration, access to hygiene, medical care, or social interaction as a result of neglect. If something seems truly wrong or “off” about your loved one later, they may be experiencing neglect in one form or another.
How Can You Determine Whether Your Loved One Is Being Neglected?
As an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer – including those who practice at Davis & Brusca, LLC – can confirm, it sometimes takes an investigation to uncover the truth about whether a resident is being harmed. You may be—understandably and with good reason—concerned that drawing attention to the possible mistreatment of your loved one may risk even greater harm at the hands of their caretakers. Know that attorneys experienced in this area of law know how to pursue the truth as safely and discreetly as possible.
Connect with an Experienced Attorney to Clarify Your Situation
If you suspect that a loved one may be experiencing neglect in their nursing home or another long-term care facility, connect with a local attorney who practices nursing home law. They will be able to objectively assess your situation in a confidential consultation setting. Once you’ve heard what they have to say, you can make whatever informed decision best suits the circumstances. Even though you may be unsure of whether your loved one is being harmed, it is important to voice your concerns to an attorney. It is possible that in doing so, you may be the only thing standing between your loved one and additional harm.