Arkansas Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys Help Protect And Seek Justice For Your Loved Ones
Holding facilities responsible when the elderly are neglected or abused
Nursing homes should be safe places. We send our loved ones there to get care we can’t give them at home and to give them a respite from caring for themselves. We trust that nursing homes and assisted living facilities have sufficient and caring employees so that the needs of our loved ones can be met and our loved ones will be safe. In reality, many facilities fail to have sufficient staff to care for our loved ones. This results in residents being neglected and possibly abused. At the law firm of James & Carter PLC, we represent Arkansas families whose loved ones have suffered neglect and abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Our attorneys have experience helping victims of mistreatment and neglect get justice against nursing homes.
Recognizing the signs of elder neglect and abuse
Sometimes the signs of abuse and neglect are obvious. Dehydration, broken bones, bruising, and sexual abuse can result in serious injuries, hospitalization, and even death. Not all abuse and neglect is obvious. There are many reasons why nursing home abuse and neglect is not always discovered right away, such as:
- The victims are often scared to report it due to fear of retaliation from the nursing home.
- The abuse and neglect may not leave physical marks.
- Injuries and accidents are covered up or not reported to the families.
Abuse and neglect can often be caught early if you know what to look for. You should always pay attention to:
- Sudden changes in a loved one’s mental or physical condition or weight
- Unexplained bruises or marks
- Broken bones
- Poor hygiene
- Worsening health problems
- A reluctance to speak or to discuss conditions at the facility
If you believe that your parent or relative could be the victim of abuse or neglect, you should contact an experienced Arkansas elder abuse attorney to help you investigate your loved one’s care.
What to do if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect
The first thing you should do if you suspect that your loved one is or has been neglected or harmed is to talk to them in a safe place. Let them know that they can trust you and that they have nothing to fear because you will remove them from the situation if they are being hurt.
If you still suspect that something is wrong or if your loved ones cannot communicate with you, you may wish to remove your relative from the facility. This may not be an option for every family.
If you can substantiate the neglect or abuse through your loved one’s words or other evidence, you should contact the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care or the local authorities, including the police.
Lastly, whether you are trying to investigate neglect, abuse or simply seeking justice for your loved ones, you should consult with an experienced Arkansas elder abuse lawyer. Our firm has helped many families deal with these difficult problems.
Trust us to get justice for your loved ones
If you suspect elder care neglect or abuse, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the firm of James & Carter PLC aggressively litigate on behalf of families in claims against nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. Call us now at 866.716.3242 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.