Signs Of Abuse Or Neglect
Spotting The Warning Signs Of Abuse Or Neglect
Throughout the state, New Mexico’s elderly population is at a high risk for nursing home abuse and neglect. If you notice any sudden changes in your loved one’s behavior or they have injuries that nursing home staff cannot explain, they may be living in a neglectful or abusive environment. The lawyers at Berenson & Associates, PC in Albuquerque help abuse victims and their families obtain justice.
Taking Advantage Of Those Most Vulnerable
As they age and become frail, our loved ones are less likely to resist or fight back when verbally or physically attacked. Any loss of vision, hearing or mental capabilities contributes to their vulnerability, making it easier for others to take advantage of them. Unfortunately, signs of abuse may be ignored if they overlap with symptoms of mental deterioration.
If you notice any of the following, it could be cause for concern:
- Unexplained welts, fractures or sprains
- Wounds in various stages of healing
- Signs of restraint, such as bruised wrists
- A sudden aversion to physical contact
- Poor hygiene
- Soiled or unsafe living conditions
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Evidence of chemical restraint
- Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
Providing Protection And Guidance
Subtle indications of abuse can be harder to identify if you see your loved one infrequently. An abuse victim may also be reluctant to admit to abuse when questioned. If you suspect nursing home staff of abuse or neglect, our attorneys can help you protect your loved one from further harm.