Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Oct 27, 2015 in Nursing Home Abuse News
Nobody puts an elderly loved one in a nursing home lightly. It's a difficult decision, placing the care of your beloved family member into the hands of someone you may barely know. You trust the facility to take good care of your relative, to provide safe and sanitary conditions and see to it that they are as healthy, comfortable and happy as possible. When a situation of abuse arises, it's heartbreaking and an outrage. You may be entitled to compensation when this happens. Here is an overview of what to look out for when it comes to the different forms of elder abuse.
When the use of physical force to restrain or discipline a person results in bodily injury, pain, suffering and impairment, this is abuse. There are many forms of violence that can apply in causing this sort of abuse. These include hitting or striking with an object (including slapping, kicking, punching, or pinching), pushing or shoving, shaking, inappropriate use of restraints, force-feeding, drugs and unreasonable physical discipline.
Symptoms to look for are:
One of the most agonizing forms of elder abuse, sexual abuse occurs when any kind of non-consensual sexual contact occurs between the elder and another person. If the elder has a disorder like Alzheimer's or dementia and cannot give consent, this also can be considered abuse. Symptoms include:
Many people don't realize that neglect is also abuse. Any time a caregiver fails to fulfill their basic duty of care towards an elder, this is neglect. Necessary care must be maintained at all times. If an elder is not properly fed, bathed, clothed, sheltered and safe, abuse by neglect could be indicated. Symptoms of neglect include:
Other forms of abuse can include financial exploitation, where someone else steals or illegally uses the elder's funds; abandonment of the elder; allowing the elder to neglect their own health; and other forms of exploitation. If you or a senior loved one has been the victim of a nursing home injury or other form of elder abuse, learn about how you can receive compensation for these injuries and make sure no one else suffers a similar injury. For representation in the Las Vegas area, please call us for a free consultation today!