Are you or a loved one suffering from nursing home abuse?
Nearly 1.6 million elderly and adults in the United States reside in long-term care facilities where they face the unfortunate risk of suffering nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse occurs when a patient is intentionally or negligently harmed, causing serious physical injury, emotional injury, or death. Sadly, it is also one of the most underreported crimes in the country because the signs are often difficult to detect.
Fortunately, federal and state lawmakers have implemented new laws that are designed to protect the rights of nursing home residents, allowing them to seek compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm as a result of nursing home abuse, it is in your best interest to contact one of our attorneys today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Nursing home abuse isn't limited to physical injuries
Nursing home abuse encompasses nearly any form of aggressive or passive mistreatment that occurs in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including:
• Physical abuse: This can often be detected by the presence of unexplained injuries such wounds, bruises, fractures, sprains, internal bleeding, and more. Hitting, slapping, kicking, overdosing or under-dosing drugs, or any other form of physical contact that may cause harm to a patient is also considered physical abuse.
• Verbal and emotional abuse: This occurs when a nursing home patient is subjected to any verbal or non-verbal acts of aggression, including threats, insults, intimidations, humiliation, and harassment. Verbal and emotional nursing home abuse may also lead to serious psychological distress.
• Sexual abuse: One of the most violent and horrific types of nursing home abuse is sexual abuse. This involves any non-consensual sex act with a nursing home resident including sexual assault and battery, forced nudity, and rape.
• Financial exploitation: This occurs when a nursing home fraudulently exploits a resident's finances, assets, or property without their knowledge.