People are more susceptible to injuries and illnesses as they age. As a result, elders are much more likely to bruise than younger people. In some cases these bruises are accidental. However, bruising on a nursing home resident may also be a sign of abuse. For this reason, it is important that families know the difference between the various types of bruising.
Bruising occurs when blood vessels under the skin rupture because of a blow to that area. Nursing home residents are especially vulnerable to bruising because as people age their skin becomes thinner and loses a lot of its moisture. These two factors leave blood vessels underneath the skin exposed and more likely to bruise.
The characteristics of a bruise on a nursing home resident can tell a lot about whether it was inflicted or accidental. Indeed, a recent study showed that bruises resulting from abuse are more likely to occur on the head, arm, or torso. The study also showed that larger bruises are more likely to be the result of abuse. Thus, families should inspect any bruising on their loved ones and ask about the source of the bruises. These steps may help to identify abuse early and prevent any further damage.
If your loved one has suffered an injury inside or outside their nursing home, we encourage you to our nursing home negligence and abuse firm. The nursing home has betrayed your family’s trust and failed to deliver on their promise to provide proper care.
Nursing home abuse and negligence claims involve many complex legal and medical issues. Having the right attorney is essential to recovering what you deserve. Our Midwest nursing home abuse law firm will do everything possible to assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation you deserve. More importantly, our law firm will serve as an ally that will give you and your family the respect and compassion it needs. Contact us so that your family is protected.