Realizing that it is time to place a loved one in a nursing home is hard. You and your family might have tried to care for a parent or grandparent at home for as long as possible, but you could not provide the specialized care that he or she needed. You probably took great care choosing what you thought was the right facility. Unfortunately, it can be impossible to predict where nursing home neglect or abuse might take place.
Abuse and neglect can have a devastating impact on a nursing home resident. These individuals are usually already in vulnerable positions and may be suffering from one or more chronic illnesses. If this is what happened to your loved one, you know just how important it is to help them get the compensation they need. To successfully do this, you will need to prove that the nursing home’s conduct caused suffering or losses.
Nursing home neglect causes physical injuries
Ongoing pain and suffering is one of the biggest problems with which a victim of neglect or abuse might have to deal. Even if an injury does not immediately cause a victim to experience pain, it might lead to future physical suffering. Victims can suffer from a large variety of physical injuries.
One example of a physical injury is disfigurement. Disfigurement includes things like amputations or scars related to injuries. Hair loss or anything else that seriously affects a person’s appearance is also in this category. Some forms of disfigurement cause physical pain while others impact mental well-being.
Emotional trauma in nursing homes
Just because a person is living in a nursing home does not mean that he or she cannot continue engaging in favorite activities and pastimes. In fact, many nursing home residents continue to do things like playing with grandchildren, taking walks and even exercising. An injury can change all that.
Each and every person in a nursing home deserves to live his or her life to the fullest extent within their own capabilities. Suddenly losing the ability to do so can cause significant emotional trauma. Not only will a victim suffer physically, but he or she will also have to live with the knowledge that doing and experiencing more would have been possible if not for abuse or neglect.
You can help your loved one
It is important that you do not blame yourself for your loved one’s injuries. You and your family were doing what any good family would do — getting what you thought was the best care for that person. By focusing on helping him or her instead of blaming yourself, you could be in a better position to help.
Nursing home neglect and abuse are traumatic to victims and their families. Getting the right compensation can help your loved one recover to the best of his or her abilities, and it may also provide additional comfort during an otherwise difficult time. Sadly, many nursing homes in Delaware usually do not like to admit when their neglect harmed a patient, even when faced with a lawsuit. Working with an experienced attorney can be extremely helpful when you are seeking compensation and need to prove that a nursing home was responsible for causing your loved one harm.