Sepsis Infections are Killing Those you love in Nursing Homes

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Sepsis Infections are Killing Those you love in Nursing Homes

Sepsis is caused by a serious infection and can become dangerous if left untreated. Medical attention is necessary as soon as possible after symptoms develop. When warning signs are ignored, the infection can quickly become deadly especially in older adults. A nursing home injury lawyer may be able to help families who have lost loved ones as a result of untreated sepsis. 


Ways to tell

Some of the first signs of sepsis are a fever and an elevated respiration and heart rate. If severe sepsis develops, symptoms include breathing difficulties, abdominal pain and mental confusion. A person suffering from sepsis may go on to develop septic shock and experience an extreme drop in blood pressure. 

Sepsis can develop from any type of infection,but some of the most common infections associated with sepsis are pneumonia and abdominal infections. In nursing homes, sepsis may develop due to an untreated wound or skin infection such as a bedsore. Some cases of sepsis develop after another medical condition goes untreated. 


Call Our New York Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If you feel like your loved one has been harmed by nursing home abuse or neglect, an attorney may be able to help you find answers. Nursing home abuse cases can be complex, and sometimes it is not clear what happened until after a careful examination of documents. Nursing home abuse attorneys can help gather medical records, reports and other evidence to discover what went wrong. In some cases, an expert witness can examine medical records to determine what happened. 


If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to nursing home neglect, contact an attorney. Nursing home abuse attorneys see many cases of neglect and nursing home abuse every year and are familiar with many of the warning signs. An attorney can fight for victims by filing a lawsuit to prevent this type of tragedy from happening to others. Call Alonso Krangle today to schedule a consultation.

How to Deal with Nursing Home Abuse

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nursing home abuseMillions of people make the difficult to decision to put their loved ones in a nursing home. These people trust that their loved ones will be well taken care of. However, nursing home abuse is a common occurrence. If you have a loved one who is in a nursing home, then you will need to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse.

Unexpected Hospitalization
Nursing home patients are often hospitalized because they are in poor health. However, if your loved one is hospitalized and there is no explanation for it, then this is something that you want to investigate. This can be a sign of abuse.

Unexplained Fractures and Bruises
Fractures and bruises are clear signs that indicate someone has been injured. If your loved one has bruises and fractures, then you should investigate this. The injury may be caused by physical abuse or neglect.

Bed Sores
Bed sores can develop if a person stays in the bed too long. However, this is a problem that can easily be prevented with the right care. Bed sores may be a sign that your loved one is being abused or neglected.

Fear of Nursing Home Staff 
Does your loved one seem like they are afraid around certain staff members? If so, then this may be a sign of abuse.

Rapid Weight Loss 
If someone is being cared for properly, then they should maintain their current weight. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of depression. It may also be a sign that one is being deprived food.

What to do if Your Loved One is Being Abused

  • Report the abuse to the authorities, the patient’s primary care physician and social worker.
  • Arrange for your loved one to get care somewhere else.
  • Contact a New York nursing home attorney.

Reasons to Call a New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer 
A New York nursing home attorney can help you file a claim against the nursing home. They can help you gather all of the documents that you need. Additionally, lawyer can help you get compensation for your loved one.

 

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

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nursing home abuseIt’s an emotional and painful decision when we’re faced with placing our parents or another family member in a nursing home. Once you make a decision on a facility, you trust that it’s a secure and friendly place that will provide the degree of care that your family member requires.

Sometimes that trust is violated, and people tragically discover that their family member has been abused. Relatives of those victims can contact a skilled Long Island nursing home abuse attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP to fight elder abuse lawyers for their loved ones.

Signs of Abuse
There are a variety of behaviors by nursing home personnel that can constitute abuse. Since you’re not there 24 hours a day, red flags should come up when you see the following possible signs:

  • Bruises or even fractures without a sufficient explanation. They might be a result of physical abuse.
  • A significant change in mental status. This might be a sign of nursing home staff administering prescription drugs in order to make their jobs easier.
  • Fear of the facility’s staff. Apprehension about looking at or talking to a nursing home staff member could be a sign of verbal, physical or sexual abuse
  • Significant and fast weight loss can be an indicator of abuse. Your family member shouldn’t lose weight in a nursing home unless it’s a known symptom of a medical condition.
  • Financial exploitation when your family member has signed documents that operate to transfer interests in real or personal property. That could be a huge red flag.

The nursing home abuse attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP have a combined 45 years of experience fighting for justice for victims. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused at a nursing home or long term care facility, call us or use our contact form at fightforvictims.com to arrange for a free consultation and case review. Our objective is to get your loved one the justice and compensation that he or she deserves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursing Home Sexual Abuse

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nursing home sexual abuseThe family of an elderly woman who was sexually assaulted during her time as a resident in a nursing home in Akron, Pennsylvania. was awarded $7.5 million by a Lancaster jury.

After four hours of deliberation, the jury founded the Garden Spot Village facility and its parent company were over 85% liable for the sex abuse of Dorothy Brace, 82. What’s more is that it was founded that the nursing home had shown countless indifferences in failing to meet preventative measures. One precaution would have been diligent screening of other residents, due to the fact that Brace was assaulted by another person at stay there who has a history of sexual violence. The facility also failed to protect the 82-year-old from more than 20 falls that occurred during her stay.

Attorney Matthew Stone represented the plaintiff and stated, “It’s clear from the unanimous verdict that the jury believes that our most vulnerable members of society deserve protection from sexual abuse.”

According to the Brace’s pretrial memo, Dorothy had been suffering from dementia when her attacker, Glenn Hershey,63 started sexually abusing her. Hershey plead guilty and was sentenced to 8-20 years in prison.

Hershey targeted Dorothy Brace specifically because of her dementia. The staff in the nursing home was well aware he was a registered sex offender. He had been convicted of rape prior to him entering into the nursing home and also threatened to rape a caretaker at the facility. It appeared to staff members that Hershey and Brace were in some kind of “relationship”, which fails to adhere to the facility’s policy against allowing Hershey and Brace to be alone in a room together unsupervised. But, because of her dementia, they believe Brace is unable to give consent.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected while under the care of a nursing home, it is important to document all relevant details. The attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP have years of experience handling nursing home abuse cases.

We are sensitive to your worry and pain is causes and we can help you file nursing home abuse reports and legal claims against employees and care centers that are responsible. Please contact us at 800-403-6191 or through our website at www.fightforvictims.com to set up a consultation.

Detroit Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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elder abuseAn extremely disturbing video has surfaced from a hidden camera placed by a concerned family member in a Detroit nursing home earlier this week. Elderly patient, Salim Younes had been under the care of Autumnwood facility, after bowel obstruction surgery in 2015. Prior allegations had fallen on deaf ears, his son Hussein had felt, until he planted a camera that was disguised as an alarm clock, in his father’s room in an attempt to expose the abuse he believed his father was subjected to due to his unexplained bruises on his body. What he discovered was absolutely heart-wrenching.

In the video it shows a care taker physically and verbally assaulting Salim Younes. The Autumnwood employee is shown jerking Younes’ head back and forth telling him to “shut up” whilst roughly throwing him into his bed. She is also heard saying to another caretaker that she “does not care if he falls out of bed”.

The Younes family attorney claims that Salim was targeted specifically due to his racial background. The female employee shown in the video also was said to have been fired from prior care facilities and nursing homes before this video was surfaced.

Autumnwood’s attorneys state that they were notified in 2015 by the Younes family that they were concerned that their loved one, Salim was being abused during his stay. However, an investigation was put in place and reports were made to local police but were not able to go further with the case due to lack of evidentiary support. With the release of the video from the hidden camera, Autumnwood has terminated the employment of the persons identified in the film. The civil case trial is scheduled June 2018.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected while under the care of a nursing home, it is important to document all relevant details of the episodes. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Alonso and Krangle LLP have years of experience handling nursing home abuse cases. We understand the worry and pain it causes families and we can help you file nursing home abuse reports and legal claims against employees and care centers that have displayed any negligence or abuse.

Please contact us at 800-403-6191 or through our website at www.fightforvictims.com to set up a consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse Continues to Grow

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nursing home abuseSenior citizens in need of care and reside in nursing homes are being abused by the very people that are paid to take care of them. This atrocity is occurring at an alarming rate in our country. There are currently over three million adults living in elderly care facilities in the United States. On average, almost 40% of the population will become a resident in a nursing home at some point in their lives. While many of the senior residents receive proper care, there are many suffering from mistreatment and neglect. Our Long Island nursing home abuse lawyers are fighting for the rights of victims.

Nursing home abuse is not always reported. However, when surveyed, nearly all (95%) nursing home residents admitted to witnessing neglect amongst peers. The largest contributor of long term care for senior citizens is the federal government which provides Medicare and Medicaid. The health and safety standards of these healthcare programs are intended to guard residents from any form of abuse, but yet cases of mistreatment continue to grow.

Abuse in long term facilities include:

– Physical Abuse of any kind

– Sexual abuse

– Psychological Abuse which includes humiliation, shouting at victim, verbal abuse, etc)

– Financial exploitation. This occurs when the caregiver obtains access to the patient’s finances.

– Neglect

– Resident to resident abuse. (Victim resident is not protected by staff)

Signs of abuse include but not limited to:

– Physical injuries of any kind

– Bed sores

– Changes in behavior, personality or overall mental health status

– Poor hygiene

– Unexplained weight loss

– Emotional outbursts

Contact us

If you are concerned or suspicious for any reason for the wellbeing of your loved one currently under long term care, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP at 800-403-6191 or through our website at www.fightforvictims.com