Nursing Home Abuse Help

Talking with an elder abuse attorney doesn't have to be expensive. Actually, some of these lawyers will handle your lawsuit on contingency. This means that the lawyers do not get paid unless you win your claim. It also means that you shouldn’t wait to get in touch with such an attorney if you or a loved one has been abused. There are a few different forms of abuse, but they all include a breach of trust on the part of the nursing home staff. Some forms are more noticeable than others.

The easiest types of senior abuse to spot are usually the physical kinds. These may include battery, wrongful use of medicine, overmedication or sexual abuse. The indicators are exactly what you’d most likely expect. Look for bruises, abrasions and lacerations. Some particularly disturbed people have been known to burn seniors with cigarettes or otherwise torture elders to force them to agree with demands. None of these wounds should be considered normal and all of them should be regarded with suspicion. Always have your eye out for the signs of physical abuse against an elder.

Mental abuse, on the other hand, can be far more difficult to detect. Many nursing home mistreatment cases involve severe verbal abuse and threats. It is important to realize that an older individual is in a very difficult position. While they’re likely not strong enough to defend themselves against someone in their prime, they’re also adults and being vulnerable is a blow to their dignity. This embarrassment may be expressed as depression or a complete withdrawal from social activities. This can be prevented and there is absolutely no reason that anyone, young or old, should have to suffer this kind of abuse.

Nursing home negligence can occasionally mean that your loved one isn't physically or verbally abused, but, instead, deprived of treatment completely. This may mean long stretches of time spent in bed or sitting in a wheelchair while being ignored. This is a form of abuse, even if it doesn’t involve hitting or yelling. Be on the lookout for signs of neglect. These include poor hygiene. For example, the elderly individual’s finger and toenails may be too long and unkempt, they might have extreme body odor, due to lack of bathing and, in severe cases, and diapers may not be changed as regularly as needed. No one should have to suffer nursing home mistreatment. If you have, you may be able to get compensation for you and for your loved one.