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A lawyer can help with a case of nursing home abuse and neglect

When a family in Lexington makes the difficult decision to place an elderly or ill loved one in a nursing home, they are expecting the care to be up to industry standards, for medication to be dispensed correctly and on time, and for the person not to be victimized by neglect or mistreatment. Unfortunately, the news is littered with stories of nursing home residents being subjected to various forms of abuse. When there is evidence or a belief that nursing home abuse and neglect is taking place, having legal assistance to investigate the claims and move forward with a legal filing is critical.

Since elderly and ill people are inherently vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment, it is important that any incident in which this takes place be investigated and the guilty parties be held accountable. That includes the perpetrator of the act and the facility itself. Residents can be injured, have worsened condition, need hospitalization and treatment, and even die because of this abuse. Knowing the signs and examining the case individually is key.

There are many signs of neglect and abuse. If the resident has bedsores, bruises, unexplained broken bones or cuts, has gotten ill without explanation, is missing personal property, has been hospitalized with issues that are unrelated to their condition, appears to have behavioral changes, or is able to communicate what is happening and tells loved ones of the mistreatment, it is crucial to examine the case and take the necessary steps to stop it.

Families might feel a certain amount of guilt after placing a loved one in a care facility and discovering that the treatment was not what it should have been. If there is outright abuse, the first reaction is to be angry. Before acting without thinking, it is imperative to contact a law firm that is experienced in helping people whose loved ones have been subjected to nursing home and neglect to file a case and receive compensation.

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