Nursing Home Abuse

When you choose an Oregon nursing home facility for your loved one, you trust that the facility is a safe, caring home where the staff will treat residents like family. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and nursing home abuse may occur. Nursing home abuse is a form of medical malpractice, and happens when nursing home staff provides care that is below the acceptable standard and your loved one suffers as a result.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect. Your loved one might be embarrassed or fear retaliation and avoid telling you about the abuse. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the warning signs, which include:

  • Suspicious cuts, bruises or burns
  • Bedsores
  • Humiliating, insulting or threatening staff behavior
  • Unexplained sprains or fractures
  • If the staff refuses visitors, or delays in visitation
  • Venereal disease or genital infections
  • If your loved one is kept in an over-medicated state
  • Stained, ripped or bloody underclothing
  • Your loved one’s desire to be isolated from family, staff or other residents
  • Sudden behavior changes (if they appear withdrawn or depressed)
  • Disappearance of your loved one’s possessions
  • If the staff does not allow you to visit with your loved one in private
  • Unexplained withdrawals from their bank account

If you suspect nursing home abuse in an Oregon facility, make frequent, unexpected visits and carefully document your loved one’s condition, staff comments, and any abuse you suspect. Then complete our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will attempt to find an Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to help you fight for your rights and recover the damages your loved one deserves.