When families place their loved ones into nursing homes, it is with the trust and expectation that those loved ones will receive the professional care that they can no longer provide for themselves or you can provide for them.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes violate this trust by abusing the very people they have promised to protect. Nursing home abuse can come in many forms, including, but not limited to, mental, physical and financial.
Complicating matters is the fact that the victims may be unaware that they are being abused and don’t understand that they do have legal rights. It’s not uncommon for nursing home abuse to go on, unnoticed, for long periods of time.
Nursing home professionals have a legal obligation to perform their duties according to a professionally accepted standard of care. While there are many nursing homes that meet or surpass these obligations by providing exceptional elder care, there are many nursing that don’t.
We believe that the costs associated with hiring a lawyer shouldn’t prevent any nursing home abuse victim from obtaining sound legal counsel. Because of this, our law firm handles all nursing home abuse claims on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no out of pocket expenses and you only owe attorney’s fees if we settle your claim or win a favorable verdict in court.
Nursing home abuse can come in many forms, including, but not limited to, the following:
Physical Abuse – It’s common for the elderly to lose mobility and coordination. In addition, they tend to be more fragile. Both can make nursing home residents more prone to accidents and serious injuries. Even when considering these factors, changes to your loved one’s physical appearance may indicate physical abuse. Examples of physical abuse can include the following:
Emotional Abuse – Because there are no physical indicators, emotional abuse may be the most difficult to identify and prove. Unexplained changes to your loved one’s emotional state, such as being sad, withdrawn, fearful or nervous, may be the sign of emotional abuse. Their reactions or changes in emotional state when different caregivers are present may also indicate emotional abuse. Any of the following would be considered emotional abuse:
Sexual Abuse – The perpetrators of sexual abuse against nursing home residents are not always staff members. There are documented cases of nursing home sexual abuse being carried out by other patients, visitors and even family members. Sexual abuse of nursing home residents can be difficult to identify and prove. In many cases, the victims are unable to remember the assault. They may suffer memory degrading conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s or were under sedation when the sexual assault occurred. In some cases, there are signs that may help identify sexual abuse. These can include:
Neglect – There are different types of nursing home neglect. Depending on the circumstances, there may be no physical signs and will be difficult to detect. It is important for family members to watch for subtle or drastic changes to their loved one’s physical condition and emotional state. Any of the following may indicate nursing home neglect:
Financial Abuse – It’s not uncommon for nursing home staff to take advantage of a trusting or mentally incapacitated resident for financial gain. Some of the more common methods of financial abuse would include:
Because nursing home abuse claims can be very complex, it takes the skill of experienced nursing home abuse lawyers to bring a claim against the liable parties. If you or a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, the law firm of Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. can review your claim and help you understand your legal rights.
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