Nursing Home Abuse

Our increasingly aged population is relying more and more on nursing homes and assisted living facilities as they grow older. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a growing problem, and the majority of abuses go unreported.

Nursing home abuse can take the following forms:

  • Physical abuse: A patient can be assaulted or injured by the supposed caretaker or subjected to sexual assault, deprivation, inhumane restraints, over- or underdosage of medication, and other forms of physical abuse.
  • Verbal or emotional abuse: Some patients are subjected to harassment or verbal assaults. In addition, they might be preyed upon financially or blackmailed by an unethical caretaker.
  • Neglect: A patient may be left in unclean or disorganized conditions, exhibiting bedsores or infections or not given the proper food and drink.

In each case, noncommunicative, unresponsive, or agitated symptoms may occur. Suspected nursing home abuse can and should be reported immediately to the nursing home’s staff and any applicable state or local agencies, such as a local elder abuse hotline or the National Center for Elder Abuse. However, these cases also require victims’ families to take matters into their own hands, demanding compensation for the injuries sustained and even insisting on punitive damages designed to punish the negligent or hurtful facility and prevent future infractions.

Due to the variety of cases and the many nuances of nursing home abuse symptoms, documenting and proving nursing home abuse can be tricky. An experienced personal injury attorney can help facilitate the process of assessing medical records, soliciting expert witness testimony, and constructing a legal case that can provide for the compensation you need to protect and care for your loved one after nursing home abuse.

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