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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Holding abusive nursing homes accountable prevents future neglect.
– Attorney Robert Wharton
Major types of elderly abuse include neglect, Stage III (3) or Stage IV (4) bedsores, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and financial theft.
Often, families of nursing home abuse victims fear disclosure of the abuse to authorities, believing that it will put their loved ones in danger of retaliation. Nursing home residents can also be victims of abuse without their families realizing due to mental or physical restrictions on communicating about the nature of the abuse. Because of this, it is important to notice if there are any visible signs of abuse or neglect that your loved one may not be verbally communicating.
Elderly residents in the long-term care of a nursing home or assisted living facility have rights under the law. These include the right to:
- Be free from physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse
- Adequate and proper care
- Be treated with dignity and respect
- Be free from physical and chemical restraints
- Voice complaints and problems
Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Physical abuse: Wounds, burns, bruises, welts, broken bones (such as a broken hip or broken arm), weight loss, unexplained injuries, and unwarranted physical or chemical restraints
- Neglect: Bedsores (also called pressure or decubitus ulcers), unkempt appearance, poor personal hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, and uncleaned urine or feces
- Exploitation/financial abuse: Unexplained selling of property, drastic changes to the handling of personal or financial affairs, and missing/stolen money or property
- Mental abuse: Depression, aggression or agitation, fear, withdrawal, sudden behavior changes, lack of communicate, isolation, disorientation, confusion, derogatory comments by staff, and complaints by residents
Our Investigation Process
In every nursing home negligence investigation, the attorneys of the Wharton Law Firm will carefully investigate the facility’s history of violations, both at the Federal and State level, to determine if there is a pattern of elder abuse and neglect. Often, staffing deficiencies are the root cause of nursing home abuse and neglect– essentially a corporation putting profits over the safety of your loved ones.
If you suspect that your loved one may be suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact an experienced attorney from the Wharton Law Firm, who will help you in determining your rights and the possible legal remedies for your loved one’s injuries.
What Can I Do to Stop the Abuse?
No one ever wants to find out that their loved one was abused or neglected while under the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility. And, we would hope that our loved ones would always tell us if abuse or neglect is occurring. Unfortunately with the elderly, that is not always possible. Because of this, it is important to watch for the signs of abuse and neglect listed above. And if you even suspect abuse or neglect, you should not hesitate to report it to the authorities. It is also important to speak up if you suspect abuse or neglect at a nursing home because this can often help protect other residents who may be at risk from abuse or neglect without a loved one to advocate on their behalf.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home who has suffered from unexplained injuries, bedsores or pressure ulcers, or broken bones from falls and you suspect that elder abuse is occurring at a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. A lawsuit often can be the only way that these corporations will correct future behaviors, which ensures that fewer elderly residents have to suffer.
Contact the Wharton Law Firm today for a free consultation, at (—) ___-___.