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Visiting A Local Nursing Home

Dec 1, 2007
Taking a walk through your local nursing home can be an eye-opening experience. As you walk through the establishment, you will notice things that will ultimately upset you. The way the staff neglects the patients and the poor living conditions is just a sad state of affairs. The whole ordeal will leave you feeling, like something needs to be done about it.

Upon your next visit, be aware of patients who do not receive many visitors. It is usually these patients that suffer from abuse and neglect the most, because there is no one to report the incident to. Other tell tale signs to look out for would be unclean living conditions, fresh bruises or cuts, lethargic states due to over-medication, unreasonable physical restraint, and rapid weight loss.

There is another form of abuse that does not fall into the physical and neglect categories. Verbal abuse is just as bad and can have the same effect on a patient. A patient who shows sudden symptoms of withdrawal, sensitivity, and fear, are some signs that the patient might be a victim of verbal abuse.

If you suspect any form of abuse or neglect, you should speak to someone immediately about the situation. Talk to the nurses and doctors of the facility first. Unfortunately, this usually results in being a complete waste of time. An underpaid and overworked staff has a lackadaisical attitude when it comes to doing something about a complaint. You need to talk with someone that will listen to what you have to say. A nursing home abuse lawyer will listen to what you have to say and will do something about it.

The most effective step you can take to stop this form of injustice, would be to talk to a nursing home abuse attorney. Attorneys are well versed in all the geriatric laws, that are there to protect patients from abuse and neglect. They will file a lawsuit on behalf of the patient and will also stand by you in a court of law. A nursing home abuse attorney will see to it that the patient is rewarded monetary compensation for the humiliation and suffering that was induced on them. A nursing home abuse attorney can answer all of our questions, as well as help guide us in the direction we need to be going in order to help protect our love ones.

A nursing home abuse attorney will walk you through the filing process and take all the steps to reporting these issues. Attorneys have allot of experience in dealing with the horrors associated with nursing home abuse. They can be of invaluable help even if you discover that there is no abuse or malpractice at the suspected facility.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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