Elder abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional abuse, mistreatment, and neglect of senior or elderly persons. Nursing home abuse cases are an under-recognized but growing problem that may occur anywhere, even in the trusted homes and facilities you depend on to care for your family members.
Elder abuse is rarely reported, so it is important to understand the different types and signs of abuse. State Attorney General Offices are seeing an increase in medical malpractice and nursing home abuse lawsuits brought by nursing home law firms.
Elder abuse law defines such abuse nursing home residents as:
- Physical abuse: The use of force, intentionally or otherwise that results in serious injury (like broken bones), physical pain, or impairment.
- Neglect: The failure of the caregiver to fulfill his or her obligations or duties. The effects of neglect are displayed most often in the form of malnutrition, medication errors, weight loss, and poor hygiene.
- Emotional abuse: The use of verbal or nonverbal acts that instill fear or distress.
- Sexual abuse: Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind can be considered sexual assault of older adults in nursing facilities.
- Financial abuse or financial exploitation: The improper use or theft of an elder’s money or property.
Institutional Elder Abuse Is Growing
Elder abuse has continued to rise despite the increased scrutiny of assisted living facilities. One in four homes was cited for causing wrongful death or personal injury to a resident.
If you notice that your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse, take action immediately.
An experienced elder abuse attorney will be familiar with the legal and emotional intricacies of institutional elder abuse and will work to assist you in taking legal action.
Get a free case review today to see if you may have a case for nursing home negligence.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers May See What You Don’t
You may suspect a nursing home staff member of wrongdoing, but an elder abuse attorney will be quick to recognize all of the signs and may be able to assist you in determining if you or your loved one has been a victim of abuse.
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The circumstances surrounding placing a loved one in a nursing home are sudden, and often very emotional for families. As a result, little advanced planning is done to prepare for this decision, leaving families scrambling for options. Congressional reports revealed that over 30% of the 17,000 nursing homes nationwide were cited for abuse violations over just one two-year period.
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The abuse may include neglect of basic needs, untreated malnutrition, or dehydration. Other signs include unexplained bruises, bedsores, cuts, and broken bones. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney may be able to assist you in determining whether or not your loved one is suffering nursing home abuse. He may be able to help you seek the financial compensation you and your family need, and deserve.
The common signs of nursing home abuse in elderly residents — bruises, bedsores, disorientation — are often perceived as the natural results of aging. Four out of five elder abuse cases go unreported due mainly to this oversight.
An elder abuse attorney will help you understand the underlying dynamics of abuse and show you what to look for. Get a free case review today to see what your legal options may be.
Elder Abuse Attorneys Are Available to Everyone
No matter what your financial circumstances are, you do have access to justice. An experienced elder abuse attorney can help you fight back against the abusers and get the financial compensation your loved one deserves.
If you believe you may need an elder abuse attorney, call Sokolove Law today and speak with one of our case managers who specialize in elder abuse cases, or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal case review.