Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

sexually abused nursing home residentSexual abuse can take many forms in nursing homes, all of which are extremely traumatizing to the victim who often suffers in silence out of embarrassment, fear of retaliation, or because their condition or medication makes it difficult to communicate what they have experienced.

The nursing home sexual abuse attorneys at Henness & Haight are sensitive to the atrocities abuse victims suffer and are dedicated to utilizing our vast resources and experience to obtain justice for innocent victims.

If you suspect your loved one has suffered any form of abuse while residing in an assisted living facility, do not hesitate to contact our nursing home sexual abuse attorneys right away to learn more about the legal options available to your loved one. We can help you hold the facility accountable for its negligence and help you recover fair compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

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Types of Sexual Abuse

Any sexual act that occurs without consent is considered sexual abuse. It is not limited, however, to forceful physical acts, but can also take many other forms that can be just as despicable. Some of the most common forms of abuse include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Taking sexually explicit photos or videos, including taking photos of a resident while naked
  • Forced viewing of pornographic images or films
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Forced nudity
  • Sexual coercion
  • Engaging in sexual acts with a resident who is unable to communicate
  • Rape
  • Unwanted sexual acts
  • Inappropriate jokes or stories

Many cases can become extreme in nature and endanger the mental, physical or emotional health of a resident. No matter what form sexual abuse takes, it always has damaging consequences for the victim. Our nursing home sexual abuse attorneys have seen firsthand just how devastating this form of abuse can be, which is why we are committed to holding any responsible party accountable for these terrible actions.

In a nursing home, these abuses can be conducted by any number of people, including:

  • Caregivers
  • Nursing home staff
  • Other residents
  • Visitors
  • Doctors

When a nursing home fails to provide adequate security to protect a resident from sexual predators, it should be held accountable. Our nursing home sexual abuse attorneys have the resources to do just that. We can help your loved one get the justice they deserve for a facility’s inadequate care.

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Signs of Abuse

Nursing home sexual abuse is a significantly underreported crime. This is mostly because many of the residents who become victims are either unable or unwilling to report the incident for any number of reasons, which can include:

  • A resident may not be fully aware of what is happening
  • A resident’s condition or medication may make it difficult for them to communicate
  • The abuser may have threatened them against reporting the incident
  • A resident may be afraid, ashamed or embarrassed to report abuse

Because of this, it is vital that family members remain alert and vigilant to the signs of sexual abuse when visiting their loved one. Signs that indicate something may be wrong include:

  • Unexplained bruises, especially around the genital area, thighs or chest
  • Unexplained bleeding or infections
  • Depression or unexplained changes in behavior
  • Withdrawal from usual activity or a refusal to communicate
  • Unexplained fear or anxiety, especially when a particular person is nearby
  • The presence of a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Difficulty walking or sitting

If you notice any of these signs of abuse and suspect that your loved one may be a victim, do not hesitate to contact the proper authorities to report the claim. It is also imperative that you contact a reputable nursing home sexual abuse attorney to discuss your legal options. We are committed to defending the rights of the elderly, especially against terrible acts like this.

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Our Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Attorneys Can Help

The nursing home sexual abuse attorneys at Henness & Haight are experienced in handling elder abuse cases and provide compassionate legal representation to victims and their families. In our commitment to providing the highest level of support for our clients, we are also aggressive in our approach to holding assisted living facilities accountable for any atrocities that occur under their watch.

As a leading personal injury law firm in Las Vegas and Nevada, we have the resources and experience necessary to build a robust case against the facility that will give your loved one the justice and compensation they deserve. We will conduct a full investigation into the incident and the home and will handle all details of the case so you can concentrate on healing.

Our Las Vegas nursing home abuse attorneys are committed to fighting for the maximum amount of compensation our clients deserve. We know that compensation will not undo the harm your loved one has suffered, but it can help cover medical, rehabilitation and psychological therapy expenses, and provide peace of mind in knowing that justice has been served.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We proudly work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless you recover a favorable settlement or verdict.

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