Dealing with nursing home abuse is not easy but there are things you can do to try prevent this from continuing to happen. As soon as you suspect that a loved one may be suffering from abuse in their nursing home, a good thing to do is to get into contact with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with nursing home abuse cases. He or she should be familiar with the signs to look for when a potential victim does not show physical signs of abuse as well as what steps need to be taken to begin the process of removing your loved one from an abusive situation.
Cohen & Cohen, P.C. have 30+ years of experience defending the rights of injured people. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from nursing home abuse, contact us for a free case evaluation. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He or she may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. If we do not have a lawyer on our team that we think is especially suited to the specific needs of your case, we would like to try to help you to find one who is. It is tragic to think that someone you love who cannot fight back is being abused. We do not think that you should be alone in trying to figure out what to do. We know the law and we know how to use it to uphold the rights of your loved one.
In addition to enlisting the help of a lawyer as soon as you can, you should try to document anything that you think might be an indication of abuse. A lawyer can be a big help in this process because he or she will probably know what to look for even if you have no physical evidence of abuse. The following are some of the more common kinds of nursing home abuse albeit this list is not exhaustive:
– Physical abuse
– Sexual abuse
– Verbal abuse
– Fiscal abuse
– Not administering medications or administering medications incorrectly
Nursing homes cater to patients who cannot take care of their own basic, daily needs. Nursing homes provide round the clock care to their resident patients. While there are many nursing facilities that house children, and young and middle aged patients, in the United States the majority of nursing homes cater to elderly people. One reason for this is that people are living to much older ages than people ever have in the past. Advances in medicine, nutrition, and assistive devices have allowed many people to live longer than their bodies were “designed” to live. While some parts of their bodies still work great, other parts do not. Younger people in nursing homes are usually in them because of severe mental and/or physical abilities that require full-time care that many families do not have the resources or time to provide.
Regardless of why a loved one is in a nursing home, it is heartbreaking to think that an innocent person who cannot fight back for themselves is being subjected to negligence or malice in the form of abuse. If you are not sure about how to deal with nursing home abuse, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C., today.