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Physical Neglect Nursing Home Abuse

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Neglect is one of the most damaging forms of abuse because it has the potential to cause physical damage as well as emotional damage. When caregivers fail to uphold their duties to patients, the results can be serious in the short-term and devastating in the long-run. Even without any direct physical violence, neglect takes a physical and mental toll on any individuals who are affected by it.

At Cohn & Swartzon, our nursing home abuse lawyers have dealt with complex abuse cases involving neglect. We know how dangerous it can be, and we also know how important it is for victims to get adequate medical attention and personal support in the aftermath. In many cases, this includes filing a lawsuit against the negligent caregiver—a step we are very familiar with, and more than willing to take on behalf of our clients.

If you or a loved one is suffering from neglect or any other form of abuse in a nursing home, contact our Orange County personal injury team today.

Passive and Active Neglect

Neglect is considered one of the most emotionally destructive forms of nursing home abuse because of the incredible stress it can put on the individual, especially when he or she feels alone and extremely vulnerable. Neglect is generally split into two different types: active and passive.

In either case, it involves a caregiver who neglects their duties or withholds from fulfilling them:

  • Active neglect: active behavior of withholding necessary care and support, such as refusing to give proper nutrition or purposefully ignoring the patient
  • Passive neglect: unintentional failure to give patient proper care, often resulting from illness, stress, ignorance, or a lack of available resources to meet those needs

Passive neglect may not have the malicious edge or intent that active neglect often does, but the end result is typically the same: the victim is neglected and left to suffer in an abusive environment. Like other forms of abuse, some signs of neglect are visible, while others may not be. It is important for families to keep in touch with their elder family members on a regular basis.

Symptoms of Nursing Home Neglect

Neglect and other forms of abuse may exhibit similar symptoms. However, there are several symptoms that may be unique to elder neglect. Many of these are easy to notice if a person looks carefully. Keeping an eye out for these signs may allow a family to take action against a situation of elder abuse before it becomes worse.

Common symptoms of active and passive neglect include:

  • Missing necessities (food, water, etc.)
  • Abnormally poor hygiene
  • Skin rashes
  • Prone to irrational mood swings
  • Emotionally and/or physically withdrawn

Taking Steps to Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones

If your loved one has recently become withdrawn or has otherwise displayed some symptoms that make you believe that they could be suffering from neglect or another kind of nursing home abuse, it is highly encouraged that you do not hesitate to contact a knowledgeable Orange County personal injury lawyer from Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. as soon as possible. We know what is on the line and will do everything possible to help defend your best interests.

At our firm, we recognize the profound impact that neglect can have on the lives of a loved one and we are fully devoted to ensuring that our clients receive the caring guidance that they deserve. Should you choose to work with our legal team, you will be able to rest easier knowing that we will stop at nothing in our efforts to defend your best interests. We know what is on the line and we will stop at nothing in our efforts to help obtain the maximum monetary compensation that you deserve.

Is your loved one suffering from physical neglect at a nursing home? Contact our firm today at (888) 480-3883 for compassionate representation you can count on.

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