Those with a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility need to be on the lookout for signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Seniors may be afraid to speak out or unable to report the abuse, and family members noticing signs of nursing home abuse and neglect need to take action.
Victims or family members of those who were abused should also speak with an experienced San Diego elder abuse lawyer about pursuing a damage claim. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC has helped many individuals and families impacted by nursing home abuse. We will put our legal knowledge of these complex cases to work on your behalf.
Those who see signs of nursing home abuse and neglect should report their suspicions to the proper California authorities including your local Adult Protective Service Agency. Abuse can have a severe physical and emotional impact on the health of a vulnerable senior and the nursing home needs to be held accountable when abuse occurs.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
There are different types of nursing home abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse. Signs of physical abuse include:
- Unexplained bruises, welts, burns or cuts.
- Rope or restraint marks.
- Broken bones, sprains and dislocations.
- Broken eyeglasses.
Signs of emotional abuse include:
- Witnessing belittling or threatening behavior on the part of the caregiver.
- Controlling behavior or a refusal to allow family members to visit with the senior alone.
- Unusual changes in the senior’s behavior such as depression, loss of interest in normal activities, or changes in sleep habits.
- Fear or discomfort when a particular caregiver is near to the senior.
Signs of sexual abuse include:
- Genital bruising or redness.
- Genital infections or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Vaginal or anal bleeding.
- Torn or bloddy clothing or missing underwear.
Signs of financial abuse include:
- A change in a will or estate plan.
- Missing money or unexplained charges.
Too many vulnerable seniors are not able to tell their relatives or loved ones about the abuse they are experiencing because they are afraid or because they do not think anyone will believe them. For other seniors including those with dementia and serious health problems, they may simply not have the words to explain that they are being abused.
It is up to the family members and loved ones visiting nursing home residents to be aware of signs of nursing home abuse and to take action. When abuse occurs, the nursing home can be held responsible for the actions of staff members. Victims of abuse and their families can pursue a claim to obtain monetary compensation for all losses that the abuse has caused.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC has helped many victims of nursing home abuse and neglect to hold nursing homes accountable. If you or a loved one was hurt, the nursing home needs to pay for damages. Call or contact us online today to speak with a member of our legal team to learn more about how we can assist with a nursing home abuse or neglect claim.
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