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When Is A Long-Term Care Facility Liable For Nursing Home Injuries Or Illnesses?

Nursing home neglect and abuse goes beyond physical actions. It can take many forms, including mental, financial and emotional abuse.

If you or your loved one is concerned about the care provided at a nursing home facility, researching red flags and contacting one of our North Carolina lawyers is critical.

Red flags of nursing home abuse, mistreatment or neglect can include:

  • Bedsores
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Money that cannot be accounted for
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Agitation
  • Broken bones

Aside from these indicators from residents, you may see red flags with the staff as well. They may not allow you or your loved one to be left alone with others, or they deflect questions you have.

Can the spread of contagious illnesses be a sign of nursing home neglect?

There is much debate about the facilities’ roles regarding the protection of residents from contracting contagious diseases. While the spread may not be willful, facilities may still be held responsible for their actions or their failure to take certain actions. Facilities have a responsibility to protect residents from harm and take proactive measures to ensure the residents’ safety.

Proactive measures to prevent the spread of illnesses in nursing homes include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring staff do not work while they are experiencing symptoms
  • Restricting visitors, volunteers and nonessential personal
  • Canceling events, group activities or dining in common spaces
  • Screening residents and personnel for symptoms of illness
  • Providing staff with personal protection equipment

When nursing home staff do not take appropriate action to enact policies to protect residents, this can be an indicator of nursing home neglect.

Contact O'Malley Tunstall If You Suspect Mistreatment

If you or your loved one has contracted an illness, show symptoms of neglect or sustained a nursing home injury in a facility, contact one of our Raleigh attorneys to learn your legal options. You may complete our online contact form or call 252-774-9741. One option may be to pursue a personal injury claim, especially if your loved one passed away as the result of nursing home abuse.

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