Mississippi Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Deciding whether to send a loved one to a Mississippi nursing home is one of the difficult decisions a family has to make. You could easily spend weeks researching the best facilities in your area, hoping that they will treat your family member with the respect they deserve. However, nursing home abuse and neglect is a significant problem affecting nursing homes all across the country. If you have concerns about how a nursing home treats someone you love, contact the Mississippi nursing home abuse lawyers at Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today.
Potential Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse typically falls into one of four main categories—physical, emotional, sexual, or financial. Learning how to recognize potential red flags can go a long way in helping protect someone you love and expose possible abuse taking place in the facility. Speaking up can also help save other families from going through the same trauma.
When you visit the nursing home, pay attention to details, and take notes on what you observe. Look for changes in your loved one’s physical appearance as well as their emotional state of mind. Check the conditions in their room. Has the trash been emptied, and food trays removed? If you see days old waste and food sitting around, that could be a sign of neglect.
Some of the most common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Bedsores or other skin conditions that point to the patient not being moved regularly;
- Unexplained wounds, including welts and lacerations;
- Unsanitary or dirty room conditions;
- Signs that your family member was unnecessarily restrained;
- Dehydration or malnutrition;
- Broken bones;
- Changes to their personality or behavior;
- Depression or withdrawal from their usual activities; and
- Missing personal property or money.
When you are visiting your loved one, watch how the staff interacts with other patients. Are they respectful, or are they rude and make derogatory comments? What is the staff to patient ratio? Does it appear there is adequate staff to monitor patients and attend to their needs? Understaffing is a common problem in nursing homes and can lead to issues of neglect. If patients are not properly supervised, they could suffer additional injuries.
If you recognize any of these warning signs, or you have other concerns related to the level of care your loved one is receiving, please contact our Mississippi nursing home abuse lawyers as soon as possible.
Why You Need an Experienced Mississippi Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer on Your Side
Nursing home abuse claims are complicated. You are filing a claim against the facility with a large insurance company and legal team at their disposal. These are time-consuming claims to pursue, and they are counting on the fact that you don’t know the legal process. They may deny liability, extend a nominal settlement offer, or delay the claim hoping you let the statute of limitations expire.
Don’t let the nursing home get away with abuse. When you retain our legal team, we will protect your family member’s rights and help you navigate the challenging Mississippi legal system. We will be here every step of the way to help you pursue justice against all responsible parties.
To learn more about how we can help you with a Mississippi nursing home abuse case, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLCtoday to schedule an initial consultation.