Indianapolis Nursing Home Personality Change Attorneys
If your loved one in a nursing home is exhibiting significant personality changes, it may be a sign of abuse, and you may need the help of Hankey Marks & Crider. If you have made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home to get the attentive medical care they need, you expect them to be safe and well taken care of. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Elder abuse occurs when elderly care facilities overlook the basic needs of their residents. Some residents are neglected, others emotionally, sexually, or physically abused outright. If you notice significant personality changes in your loved one, this is a very serious but common symptom of abuse.
Nursing homes have a duty to provide adequate care to their residents. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for their negligence and abuse. If you are visiting a family member and they act strangely, this could be due to neglect. Contact Hankey Marks & Crider at (317) 634-8565 to talk to an experienced Indianapolis personality change in a nursing home attorney for help in getting the compensation you deserve to get your loved one out of that situation.
Do I Need an Attorney?
In cases where the victim is in such a vulnerable position, it is important to have an advocate that can zealously represent their interests and their needs. Proving difficult cases such as this can require a lot of research and a lot of evidence, because significant changes in personality are not always due to negligence by nursing home staff. You need to be able to prove that this has occurred because of the mistreatment at the nursing home. You will also need to prove the severity of the injuries that caused the personality change. You will need to present medical bills and other proof of the injuries. This can be overwhelming to deal with, but if you have an experienced attorney that is skilled and knowledgeable in the field, it can be done.
Often, if abuse is happening to one elderly resident, it is happening to all of them. The abuse will continue unless people are held responsible for the damage they cause. Nursing homes and their employees could be liable for the injuries they cause through their negligence.
Why Choose Hankey Marks & Crider?
For over 75 years, the attorneys at Hankey Marks & Crider have been representing Indianapolis victims who have been injured or abused at nursing homes. We have experience helping people in horrible situations and have gotten our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. We are both effective and efficient in handling client cases and giving each one the attention and respect they deserve.
With Hankey Marks & Crider, you will not only get skilled professional help, but you will also get to speak to compassionate and understanding attorneys that understand how difficult it is to be in a situation like this, especially if your loved one is unable or unwilling to cooperate. They have been handling similar cases for many years, and they are prepared to fight for you and your loved one.
Cases We Handle
If your loved one is experiencing physical abuse like sexual abuse, dehydration, malnutrition, or pushing/kicking at the hands of nursing home employees, this can lead to psychological symptoms like personality changes. After a while, physical abuse is not only harming the body, but it is also harming the mind. Examples of personality changes due to physical abuse include:
- Increased anxiety or nervousness: If you have noticed that your loved one has been showing signs of nervousness or anxiety, or panic attacks, this may be due to fear from physical abuse they could be suffering from at the hands of the people that you have entrusted with their care.
- Feeling of hopelessness: Significant changes in mood can be due to physical abuse. If you notice that a loved one has shown signs of giving up, or has lost the enthusiasm to live, this could be due to abuse. If a victim feels trapped in the situation they are in, they may lose the will to move forward. It is also common that the victim might not want to speak out against their abuser because of fear of more harm or because of threats. They may also not want to burden their loved ones by telling them they are in danger. They could feel like they are the ones creating problems.
- Withdrawal or depression: Physical abuse can cause mood worsening to the point of withdrawal from social activity or signs of loss of appetite due to depression.
- Refusal to take medication: If your loved one is refusing to take medication, this may be because they’ve lost the desire to continue, often because of the dismal treatment at the hands of their caretakers.
- Actions that are significantly out of character: If you notice any behavior that is out of the ordinary for your family members, this can be due to physical abuse.
Suffering from physical abuse can lead to a lot of psychological harm. It is unacceptable for your loved one to be suffering at the hands of the people that are being paid to care for them. A nursing home should be a comfortable place for older members of your family to get the care they need and deserve. If you notice personality changes, you need to be able to recognize that this could be due to physical abuse. Talk to your loved one. If you suspect they have been a victim of abuse, contact Hankey Marks & Crider for immediate help in getting your loved one the justice and compensation they deserve.
If you have noticed personality changes in your family member in a nursing home, they might be in serious danger. Do not let the abuse go on for any longer. Get your loved ones out of the nursing home and into a safe place. Contact Hankey Marks & Crider at (317) 634-8565 to speak to an experienced and understanding attorney and learn about your options. The excellent team of nursing home abuse lawyers at Hankey Marks & Crider is ready to fight to get you the compensation you and your loved ones deserve to recover from injuries and abuse.