Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Victims of nursing home abuse may not be able to speak out on their own behalf. Those who can speak out may be too afraid to. Loved ones of nursing home residents must be always be vigilant and on the lookout for signs of nursing home abuse so that that can stop it before it is too late. If you suspect that your loved one is the victims of nursing home abuse, please talk to the Wisconsin nursing home attorneys of Boller & Vaughan LLC right away.

Signs of Neglect

  • Weight loss, malnutrition or signs of weight loss such as clothing becoming too large
  • Dehydration
  • Odors of urine or feces
  • Infections
  • Recurring illnesses
  • Poor hygiene
  • Dirty bedding
  • Dirty clothing
  • Poor grooming
  • Sunburn
  • Unexplained bruises or other injuries
  • Bedsores
  • Frozen joints
  • Heavy sedation
  • Physical restraints (including bed sheets tucked too tightly)
  • Wandering away from the nursing home
  • Medication errors
  • Behavioral changes
  • Violent altercations between residents
  • Other residents are frequently injured or ill
  • Exposure to declared allergens

Signs of Sexual Assault

  • Fear, anxiety or combativeness if a specific staff member helps with bathing, toileting, or dressing
  • Bruises or thumbprints around breasts, buttocks, upper abdomen, inner thighs, or genital area
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Stained or bloody sheets
  • Vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Difficulty walking
  • Discomfort when sitting
  • Genital itching or irritation
  • Genital infections
  • Genital injury
  • Rope burns on wrists or ankles

Signs of Other Types of Physical Abuse or Assault

  • Frequent falls when you are not present
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, or other injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Abrasions or bruises on the wrists, ankles, or other places that indicate the use of unreasonable restraints
  • Deprivation of medications such as pain killers
  • Deprivation of food or water

Signs of Emotional Abuse

  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden refusal to socialize or participate in activities
  • Refusal to respond or communicate
  • Sudden decline in health
  • Fear
  • Agitation
  • Unexplained forced isolation

If you believe that a loved one has been or is currently the victim or nursing home abuse in Madison or anywhere in Wisconsin, please call the nursing home abuse attorneys of Boller & Vaughan LLC at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation with our Wisconsin nursing home abuse lawyers is free and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.