Although we all would like to think of a nursing home or community-based residential facility as a safe place for our elderly and disabled family members, the reality is that abuse can occur in any facility, in any city, and in any state, including in Madison, Wisconsin. When you visit your loved one in the facility, here are some signs that abuse might be occurring that is harming your loved one:
- Extreme weight loss that may signal malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Strong and constant odors of urine and feces
- Repeated infections or illnesses
- Consistently dirty bedding and clothing
- Bruises, sores, or other injuries that have no legitimate explanation
- Continual sedation or medication errors
- Allowing a resident to wander away from the facility
- Poor grooming and overall appearance
- Failure to respond in a timely fashion to the resident’s needs
Although all of the symptoms listed above can be signs of medical conditions or issues other than abuse, it is better to be safe than sorry. Take steps to get concrete answers about the current condition of your loved one; if you find the answers unsatisfactory, then you may need to take further action in order to determine whether your loved one has become a victim of nursing home abuse.
While you may think that you can’t afford an attorney, you are wrong. The Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan typically handle these types of cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid until you get paid. Your first consultation with our office is free, and we will take great care to explain any costs or fees that might arise during the course of our legal representation.
Take the first step and call our Wisconsin nursing home abuse lawyers today to set up your free consultation.