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Suffering from elder abuse or neglect: warning signs for families

When a West Virginia family places a loved one in the care of a nursing facility or assisted living home, it is with the expectation that they will be treated with care and respect. Sadly, not every situation is healthy and safe, and family members may later discover that their loved one is suffering from elder abuse or neglect. If a family suspects mistreatment of any kind, it is necessary to seek legal assistance to protect the rights of their elderly relative.

There are varying signs of elder abuse or nursing home neglect. If a resident refuses to take his or her medicine, loses a significant amount of weight or has unexplained bruises, it could indicate abuse. Patients with Alzheimer'sor dementia may not be able to verbally express if they have been mistreated or have not received medicine and proper nutrition.

Besides physical harm, elderly patients can also suffer from mental abuse. Victims may be coerced into giving away their possessions or money, can become listless and withdrawn, and may show other signs of depression. When families detect any of the tell-tale signs of abuse and neglect, they may have grounds for a civil claim against the caretakers, health care facility and other liable parties.

With an evaluation by a skilled personal injury attorney, West Virginia families can have a better understanding of their legal options if a loved one is suffering from elder abuse or neglect. Families may be able to secure compensation to cover the cost of needed medical treatment and emotional pain and suffering. To learn more about how our team can help, visit our website.

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