Mother’s Day reminds us of what a big role our parents and grandparents played in our upbringing. We owe it to them to make sure they receive the care they deserve in the nursing homes where they live.
Bowling Green, KY (PRWEB) May 13, 2011
Mother’s Day just passed, and many families took the occasion as an opportunity to lavish special attention on mom or grandma. But it’s important to check in on elder relatives year-round and not just on holidays – particularly if they live in a nursing home, says Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer J. Marshall Hughes.
“Mother’s Day reminds us of what a big role our parents and grandparents played in our upbringing. We owe it to them to make sure they receive the care they deserve in the nursing homes where they live,” said Hughes, a partner in the Kentucky personal injury law firm of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Louisville.
Frequent nursing home visits allow families to keep tabs on their elderly loved ones’ mental and physical health, and visits give families the opportunity to detect signs of nursing home abuse and neglect early on.
Lee Coleman, a Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect attorney and also a partner in Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, provided a list of warning signs that families should look for when visiting elder relatives in nursing homes.
The red flags indicating abuse and neglect include:
- Frequent personal injuries, such as bruises, burns and broken bones;
- Obvious malnutrition or dehydration, including apparent weight loss;
- Slap marks;
- Loss of bladder or bowel control;
- Withdrawal from normal activities or unexplained changes in alertness;
- Evidence of unexplained sexually transmitted diseases;
- Distress when being changed or bathed, or fear of a particular person;
- Dirty or uncombed hair, offensive body odor, dirty clothes or neglected shaving; and
- Untreated bedsores.
Coleman said visits from family and friends are critical for discovering the abuse or neglect of elders in nursing homes. Although Kentucky law requires physicians to report elder abuse, only 2 percent of elder abuse and neglect cases come to the attention of state authorities through doctors, he said.
“It’s clear that families in Kentucky must pay frequent visits to their elder loved ones in nursing homes to make sure that they are not suffering abuse or neglect,” Coleman said. “And when they do discover signs that abuse or neglect has occurred in a nursing home, families need to know that legal help is available.”
Hughes added, “If you’ve seen evidence that your elderly relative has suffered abuse or neglect in a Kentucky nursing home, you deserve a tested legal advocate. The lawyers at Hughes & Coleman have the years of experience handling nursing home lawsuits necessary to make sure your rights are protected.”
About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers
Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.
Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.
For more information, contact Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers at (800) 489-6000 or use the firm's online contact form.