Unfortunately, despite the existence of these laws, many nursing homes fail to provide an adequate standard of care to residents and patients. In fact, one congressional report estimated that around 30 percent of nursing homes in the nation received citations for violating either state or federal regulations over the course of two years. For this reason, family members of nursing home residents are strongly encouraged to keep an eye out for signs of physical, mental, verbal, or emotional abuse, which can take a number of forms, including:
- Unexplained weight loss or other evidence of malnutrition or dehydration;
- Dislocated joints, fracture, welts, or bruises;
- Restraint marks;
- Untreated bed sores;
- Unexplained depression or nervousness;
- Insomnia; or
When evidence of this type of abuse can be collected and presented to a court, injured parties or their loved ones operating on their behalf, could recover damages compensating them for medical expenses related to treatment, nursing home costs and fees, the loss of any valuable personal property, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Although recovering monetary damages can never compensate a person for the abuse that he or she was forced to undergo while a patient at a nursing home, it can go a long way towards helping him or her start the road to recovery. To learn more about Nevada’s nursing home abuse laws and how they impact your own loved one’s rights, please call (702) 805-HELP and we’ll help you schedule a free consultation with the experienced nursing home abuse lawyers Las Vegas at Henness & Haight today.