A personal injury lawyer is the best kind of lawyer to have when a person is concerned about a loved one being abused in a nursing home. A personal injury lawyer who is experienced with handling abuse cases involving nursing homes and facilities will be familiar with the laws governing these cases and will know how to try to protect your loved one and to make sure his or her, and your family’s rights are upheld. If you are not sure who to turn to, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Someone will be available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If we do not have a lawyer on our team that we think will be well-suited to your case, we would like to try to help you to find one who is.
Many families have a very hard time when they are making the decision to move a much loved older parent or relative in to a nursing home. People are usually faced with this decision when family members realize that their older loved one is no longer capable of taking care of themselves. Sometimes this is caused by physical problems that prevent the older person from being able to accomplish basic tasks such as bathing and feeding themselves. Sometimes people have to make this tough decision because of mental deficiencies that have developed as their loved one got older. Sometimes older people have medical problems that they may recover from but still need to be in a full-care facility while they are in recovery and going through rehabilitation. There are many other reasons not mentioned here that may cause a loved one to need to be placed in a nursing home.
No matter how much or how little evidence a person has that his or her elder is being abused in the nursing home they are in, the realization that this might be happening is usually devastating. It leaves many people feeling hopeless, confused, angry, and scared, to name just a few of the emotions that this can cause someone to have.
While nursing home abuse is more common amongst elderly patients because the United States has a huge population of elderly citizens, nursing home abuse can happen to younger patients as well. Very often, children who require full-time care because of mental and/or physical disabilities are placed into nursing home facilities because their families do not have the resources to take care of them 24-hours a day. Young to middle aged adults who do not have the physical and/or mental abilities to take care of themselves, and do not have family or friends who can care for them full-time, also need to be placed in nursing homes and facilities.
Nursing home abuse can come in many forms including but not limited to:
– Physical violence
– Sexual violence
– Verbal abuse
– Mental abuse
– Fiscal abuse (misappropriation of credit card funds, checking and saving account funds,
– Medications not being administered or medications being administered improperly
– Intimidation, belittlement or deliberately caused embarrassment
If you are concerned that someone you love is being abused in the nursing home that they are in, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. to get the help you need, today.