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Some Symptoms of Nursing Home Neglect

Dec 25, 2007
For many people, the thought of nursing home neglect is upsetting at the least. For those individuals who have elderly relatives in a home or other elderly care facility, the idea of it is unfathomable.

All too often, however, elder abuse and nursing home neglect take place in this country and in others. For those who do not know how to spot this kind of problem, there are signs and symptoms of neglect to look for. Often, elderly individuals who are victims of neglect or elder abuse do not show the kinds of symptoms that one would always expect, and some of them are also not capable of articulating their problems well enough for their friends and relatives to understand what is really happening to them.

Nursing home neglect and elder abuse have symptoms that are sometimes physical, such as cuts, bruises, and other problems. In addition, however, mental and emotional abuse and neglect can leave marks that are not so easily seen. These can linger and become more problematic as they pray on the mind of the elderly individual.

When it is suspected that an elderly person is the victim of neglect, it can become necessary to hire an elder abuse lawyer. By retaining a lawyer, a person can not only receive the compensation that he or she is owed, but it is also possible to stop the neglect before more people have to needlessly suffer. This is one of the main goals of those that work in this field of law.

By finding a competent nursing home abuse lawyer, sometimes also called a nursing home negligence attorney, a person can help his or her elderly relative enjoy better treatment as well as financial compensation for the pain and suffering that he or she might have endured at the hands of those that were supposed to be caring about the elderly people that they watched over.

While this cannot change what happened in the past, it can help for the future. Because this kind of thing is also very important to the treatment of other elderly people, it is important that the symptoms of neglect be watched for and taken seriously when they are seen. If they are not taken seriously, problems can not only continue but escalate.

The hiring of a lawyer will change the dynamics of the equation in such a way that neglect and elder abuse that may have been taking place can be stopped for all elderly people in that 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, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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