Protecting Elderly Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Help for suffering families throughout northwest Mississippi
The “golden years” should be spent in comfort; after all, people who work hard for their daily bread deserve the opportunity to rest and enjoy the fruits of their labor. For the thousands of elderly people in Mississippi and across the country who cannot live on their own, however, a nursing home is the only viable option. Sadly, not everyone who looks after your loved one can be trusted.
Taylor Jones Taylor offers comprehensive counsel to Mississippi families whose loved ones are being abused or neglected in nursing homes. The firm, which keeps offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch, has decades of combined experience helping families just like yours get the help they need to protect their elderly relatives. If you suspect that your parent, sibling, spouse or child is being abused or neglected in a Tennessee or Mississippi nursing home, you can rely on Taylor Jones Taylor to help you.
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect
You may have noticed that your loved one simply isn’t acting like his or herself lately, or that the checkbook does not seem to be balanced. These are common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, and you are right to speak with a doctor and a lawyer if you notice them – especially if your family member has lived in the same place for a while and never exhibited any signs of abuse. Other signs to look out for include:
- Changes in personality. Victims of abuse may be too embarrassed or ashamed to admit they are being taken advantage of, or may be too frightened to tell anyone. If your loved one has been sad, angry or withdrawn, it could be a result of abuse.
- Changes in energy levels. People slow down as they age, but excessive lethargy could be a symptom of depression, or it could be a sign of prescription drug abuse.
- Physical bruising, swelling, cuts, lacerations or burn marks
- Bed sores. Bed sores, or pressure ulcers, usually happen when the staff does not change a patient’s sheets often enough, if a patient’s clothes are dirty, or if a patients sits or lays down in the same position for too long.
- Rapid weight loss. Malnutrition can be a sign of neglect, whereas withholding food or medication is a sign of abuse.
- Disorientation or extensive memory loss seemingly unrelated to dementia
These are but some of the signs that your loved one might be suffering at the hands of an inattentive or abusive staff, or even at the hands of another resident. Adults can be just as cruel and just as mean-spirited as children, and resident-to-resident bullying is becoming an ever-bigger problem. Taylor Jones Taylor will work with doctors and investigators to determine whether or not your family has a case, and then advise you as to your next steps. The attorneys pride themselves on always being prepared to fight for clients in court, but they are tenacious and passionate negotiators on behalf of clients who wish to stay out of the courtroom.
Help for victims of nursing home abuse in Mississippi and Tennessee
There is never an excuse for nursing home abuse and neglect. Taylor Jones Taylor holds guilty parties and negligent facilities accountable when they hurt or harm your family member. To meet for free and discuss your worries at one of their offices in Southaven, Hernando or Olive Branch, please call 662.342.1300, or fill out this contact form. The firm is proud to represent clients in and around Batesville, Tupelo, Oxford, Grenada, Cleveland and Clarksdale as well. How can we help you and your family?