Every year, millions of families are faced with the decision of placing a grandparent or parent in a facility where their needs can be met. Does your loved one live in a nursing home? If you suspect that some neglect or abuse is going on, you must get in touch with a personal injury attorney. Make sure that whomever you hire has experience in handling nursing home abuse. In most cases, professionals – who treat their residents with the best care – run nursing homes. In other cases, however, you will find nursing homes that neglect and abuse patients. You should keep in mind that neglect is a form of abuse. In fact, it is the most common form of abuse in nursing homes.
An Example of Abuse
A few years ago, a woman aged 76 died in a Washington nursing home after falling out of bed and sustaining a head injury. The injury was left undiagnosed for more than two days even though she showed obvious signs of concussion. She was later found comatose and transferred to a local hospital. The woman died two days later. She had been brought to the nursing home after suffering a stroke but was recovering well. This incident took place because a nursing home assistant left her unattended, which is contrary to the care plan of patients. After a case of abuse was filed, a $1.9 million settlement was given. Unfortunately, such incidents are common because some caregivers tend to be negligent.
Types of Abuse
While neglect is the most prevalent kind of abuse in nursing homes, senior citizens also suffer physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as well as financial exploitation. Signs of physical abuse include explainable broken bones, bruises and cuts, and bloody clothing. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, includes being mocked, terrorized, and ignored. Financial exploitation, though a non-physical form of abuse, is very common and should be taken seriously. Unscrupulous caregivers can steal a patient’s identity, forge their signature, or steal their money. The most common way to swindle senior citizens is by telling them that they have won a prize.
Each year, a whopping 2.1 million seniors are subjected to abuse. What is more shocking is that for every one case of nursing home abuse that is reported, five more go unreported. Therefore, you need to be vigilant to spot cases of abuse. If you fail to investigate suspicious injuries, you are perpetuating cases of abuse. According to research, elderly people who are well cared for tend to live longer than neglected ones, even in the absence of chronic and life-threatening conditions.
If you suspect that your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse, you should file an abuse case. A lawyer who is experienced in handling nursing home abuse will help you to get sufficient compensation for any loss and injury. We are familiar with such cases and can assist you to prepare a legal defense. With our seasoned and creative attorneys, you will be able to build a successful and strong case.