Nursing Home Abuse
The Tragic Realities of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a difficult issue to face. Elder abuse and neglect exist in many forms, many of which may not be evidenced by clear, physical signs. Many victims are frail and vulnerable. As a result, they are often unable to protect themselves or seek needed help. Elder abuse and neglect can be difficult to prove once suspicion arises. A sad truth is that a number of nursing home abuse and neglect cases go unreported and unpunished. It is estimated that roughly 1,800 deaths each year occur due to elder abuse and neglect.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Physical abuse occurs when physical force is used to cause harm against a victim. This can include hitting, scratching, shoving, biting, and inappropriate use of restraints. Physical elder abuse typically has the most obvious warning signs. For this reason, it may be more plausible to prove physical abuse than other less obvious forms of elder abuse on these articles, or any other topic related to personal injury.
Emotional elder abuse occurs when a caregiver or other individual causes emotional distress within a victim. Emotional abuse may result from ridicule and humiliation, intimidation, terrorizing, or ignoring an elder. Demeaning behavior, scapegoating, and blaming are also considered forms of emotional elder abuse.
Sexual elder abuse takes place when non-consensual sexual contact is made with an elder. In many cases, physical and emotional abuse may also play a role. Elders who are sexually abused may be tricked, coerced, manipulated, or forced into sexual contact.
Stealing money or personal property are common forms of elder financial abuse. Additionally, financial abuse can occur when a caregiver or other individual tricks or pressures an elder to divulge valuable information, such as bank account and credit card numbers or when
a victim is coerced to modify a deed, will, or trust.
Nursing Home Neglect
Elder neglect, or nursing home negligence, most commonly occurs when a resident does not receive proper medical, physical, or emotional attention. As a
result, neglect can pose serious risk of harm to victims. In certain cases, neglect may escalate to physical or emotional abuse.
Taking Action Against Elder Abuse and Neglect
While it may be difficult, taking action against elder abuse and neglect may be the only way to stop the mistreatment and prevent others from becoming victims. If the victim is in immediate danger, he or she should be removed from the nursing home facility as soon as possible. After the elderly patient is safe, legal action should be taken against the facility. Remember: if you’ve been injured, you can bet that the “other side” has a team of lawyers fighting for them. You are entitled to that same advantage. My team and I have the right experience, knowledge, and understanding of Personal Injury claims to stand up for you or someone you care about, and fight for the compensation you deserve. We’re always happy to hear from you, and look forward to discussing your case, and how we may be able to help you win the settlement you deserve.
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Reporting nursing home abuse and neglect to the proper state hotline will always be one of your first steps once you feel your loved one may have been abused or neglected. Be sure to always ask your senior how they are feeling and how they are being treated in a facility. Contacting a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with experience and a proven track record of case settlements and verdicts, will only ensure your family that they get the compensation they deserve. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your nursing home abuse and neglect case.
Filing a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were the victim of nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect a lawyer can make a difference. We’ll help you navigate the complex legal process needed to pursue a nursing home abuse lawsuit. Additionally, we can provide support and peace of mind during a difficult time. Please contact us at 877.526.3457 or jandills.com for answers to your questions about filing a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit.