How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse

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How a Tysons, VA nursing home lawyer can help you

Tysons VA nursing home lawyerNobody expects to need a Tysons, VA nursing home lawyer. The day you have to place an elderly family member or loved one in a nursing home can already be a heartbreaking decision to make, even if you know it is the right thing to do. Many parents or grandparents eventually require attention from staff at a facility that can provide constant and daily living needs. You want to trust that the staff are trained, knowledgeable and compassionate towards your cherished family member. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as incidents of nursing home abuse are still part of today’s headlines.

If you believe your loved one may have experienced negligent, harm or abuse at their nursing home, you can rely on the sensitivity and skill of a nursing home lawyer in Tysons, VA. We handle claims of elderly abuse with great concern, and will do what we can to help you find retribution. Here we have covered the types of elderly abuse, in addition to signs that it may be happening to your loved one.

Kinds of Nursing Home Abuse

The most common form of nursing home abuse is physical, but seniors may also endure emotional, sexual and financial harm. Your loved one may be the victim of any of the following types of abusive behavior:

  • Intimidation, yelled at or threatened
  • Humiliation or mocking
  • Patient being intentionally ignored or neglected
  • Isolating the patient away from activities and social opportunities
  • Patient feeling terrorized or unsafe

If you suspect any of these types of abusive behaviors, contact a Tysons VA nursing home lawyer immediately.

Symptoms of Physical & Emotional Abuse

Seniors who suffer from abuse may be sooner to pass than those who are especially well cared for. If your senior family member has suffered physical or emotional abuse they may have soiled clothes or bed sheets, an unsanitary room or living area, their medications may not given at all or correctly, and they can appear dehydrated, frightened or malnourished. Symptoms of sexual abuse may be observable in the following ways:

  • Blood around the genitals or anus
  • Bloody underwear or bottoms
  • Venereal disease
  • Bruises on chest, around breasts or genital region

Signs of Financial Abuse

A skilled Tysons VA nursing home lawyer will inform you that exploitation of finances is one of the most common non-physical forms of elderly abuse. A caregiver may commit any of these harmful acts against your loved one:

  • Misusing checks, cards or bank accounts
  • Stealing belongings, treasures or items of worth
  • Forging signatures on documents
  • Stealing identity of patient

Your loved one deserves to be properly taken care of without fear or risk of harm. If your family member makes comments about poor treatment or neglect, do not take this lightly. Get as much information as possible about what happened. Do not let the abuse continue, let us help you take legal action against the offending staff member or caretaker.

If you believe your family member is suffering from nursing home abuse, contact a Tysons, VA nursing home lawyer. Do not hesitate to reach out to Cohen & Cohen so we can schedule your complimentary appointment today.

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