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Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

Nursing Home Neglect is a type of Medical Malpractice. Identifying nursing home neglect warning signs can be very difficult. An elderly patient residing in a negligent nursing home is at risk for serious diseases, infections, injuries, or even death. While some forms of nursing home neglect are obvious, many cases of nursing home neglect go unnoticed and unreported. Reporting nursing home neglect can mean the difference between life and death for the elderly patient. We can differentiate between:

  • Abuse: an intentional infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, verbal abuse, rape or other form of sexual assault, intimidation, care/service deprivation or punishment that results in physical harm, pain or mental anguish
  • Neglect: a failure, intentional or not, to provide a person with the care and services necessary to ensure freedom from harm or pain; a failure to react to a potentially dangerous situation resulting in resident harm or anxiety


Types of Nursing Home Neglect

–      Emotional or social neglect, where the elder person is repeatedly ignored, left alone, or accidentally snapped at by an over stressed nursing home staff.

–      Personal hygiene neglect, where patients do not receive adequate help with laundry, cleaning, bathing, brushing their teeth, or other forms of personal care.

–      Basic needs neglect, where the nursing home neglects to provide reasonable amount of food or nutrients, water, or a safe and clean environment.

–      Medical neglect, where the nursing home fails to provide adequate attention, prevention, or medication for concerns such as bed sores, infections, cuts, diabetes, cognitive diseases, and mobility concerns.


Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

  • Bed injuries/asphyxiation
  • Dehydration
  • Emotionally upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn and non-communicative
  • Falls, fractures or head injuries
  • Infections
  • Instances of wandering/elopement
  • Malnutrition
  • Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain; signs of malnutrition
  • Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
  • Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident
  • Unexplained injuries such as wounds, cuts, bruises or welts in various stages of healing
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • Unusual or sudden changes in behavior (fear of being touched, sucking, biting, rocking)
  • Wanting to be isolated from others


Dignity is one of the most protected and preserved elements in our society.  Prior to entering a nursing home, loved ones were proud individuals who worked hard throughout their lives and deserve respect and proper care when they are unable to care for themselves. If you believe a loved one it is or has been a victim of nursing home neglect, do not hesitate to call us at (312) 377-7000 for a free and confidential case evaluation. There is also no fee to hire us – attorneys’ fees and costs only apply if we are successful in winning your case.