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Nursing home negligence: What to do if the unthinkable happens

No Wyoming nursing home patient should ever suffer injury or illness because a licensed caregiver fails in his or her fiduciary duty to keep the patient safe. State laws, industry protocol and standards of care help protect patients by governing the performance of those who work in nursing homes. When nursing home negligence occurs, it is especially tragic because such incidents are typically preventable.

Do you know how to recognize signs of possible neglect or abuse when you visit your loved one in a nursing home? If you notice anything that doesn't seem right, such as foul odors from soiled bed sheets, bruises or other marks on your loved one's body, or a change in attitude or demeanor that suggests he or she is stressed or afraid, it warrants further investigation. If you're not satisfied with the explanations you are given by workers, administrators or your family member, it is a good idea to trust your instincts and investigate further.

Sadly, many nursing home patients have died due to substandard care. Others have survived illnesses or injuries that would never have occurred if care providers had adhered to the regulations and guidelines that are in place to keep patients safe. It is understandable that you might feel frustrated, worried or angry upon learning that your loved one has been a victim of nursing negligence.

Rhodes Law Firm, LLC, in Wyoming, knows how to investigate suspected nursing home negligence. When you request a consultation, an experienced team of attorneys stands ready to help you obtain evidence to show that negligence has caused your family member injury. If you choose to file a personal injury claim against an individual or nursing facility, it's helpful to have an experienced attorney by your side who can aggressively advocate on your loved one's behalf to expose wrongdoing and seek maximum compensation for any damages that have occurred.

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