Abuse in Nursing Homes: Skin Ulcers, Lacerations, Bruising and Welts
Abuse and neglect in assisted living facilities can have lasting effects on the elderly person who rely on nursing home caretakers to keep them safe and healthy. If your aging relative is suffering from skin ulcers, bruises, welts or lacerations, you may need to contact a Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer for help.
The Bell Law Firm is passionate about keeping our most vulnerable citizens safe. Familiarize yourself with the signs of nursing home abuse and contact us today to file a claim.
There are no upfront costs to you and our lawyers have filed dozens of nursing home abuse lawsuits in West Virignia.
Welts, Bruises, Lacerations and Skin Ulcers: How do They Happen?
The signs of abuse can be apparent or subtle, but if your elderly loved one has visible wounds, acting fast to remove them from the facility could save their life.
Below are some of the most common signs of abuse along with typical causes:
Elderly patients may bruise easily, but if they are being handled roughly, beaten, or not being supervised the bruising you see on their limbs or torso could be the result of abuse and neglect. Nursing home caretakers can inadvertently bruise a patient or do so maliciously; in either case, bruising on your loved one should be regarded with suspicion.
Deep cuts can be the result of abuse if the patient is hit or accidentally cuts themselves but the wound is not attended to. A patient could be pushed or shoved and cut themselves during the fall. If a laceration is not treated it can lead to more severe conditions, like infections.
Skin ulcers and bedsores
Bedsores are one common type of skin ulcer that plague the abused in nursing home facilities. When a patient is unable to move themselves and left in their bed for days they can develop pressure ulcers on the skin. These sores can become infected and lead to serious health consequences or even death for patients with weakened immune systems.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as one in 10 nursing home patients develops bedsores.
Welts on a nursing home patient’s skin can result from beatings or even sexually transmitted diseases. The pattern of the welts could indicate exposure to an STD like scabies or physical abuse.
What to do if Your Loved One is being Abused
If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect and it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, remove your loved one from the nursing home as soon as possible and report your suspicions to a local law enforcement agency.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a crime. Contact a West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer for help with filing a claim to recover justice and compensation for the pain your relative was exposed to.
Contact our Firm for Help Today
At The Bell Law Firm, we have filed more than 50 nursing home abuse lawsuits in West Virginia and understand that families can feel overwhelmed when they learn their elderly loved one may be suffering abuse or neglect.
For more information about how our experienced lawyers can help with your damages claim, call us today at 304-345-1700 for your free case review and learn more about your options.