Nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities in the United States currently house approximately 1.6 million elderly and/or dependent adults. Families who place their loved ones in nursing homes trust that they will be properly cared for. Unfortunately, this trust is sometimes betrayed. In fact, nursing home abuse and negligence is a growing epidemic in the U.S.
Over the last 50 years, Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has helped injury victims and their families recover millions of dollars in relief. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, our team encourages you to take action immediately. We are ready to help you assess our legal options and, if necessary, take an aggressive approach to recovering the compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
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Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse can come in many forms. If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to take action right away.
Physical abuse is generally characterized by unexplained injuries including:
- Open wounds
- Internal bleeding
- And more
In many cases, these injuries are caused when the patient is hit, slapped, kicked, or otherwise assaulted. However, malnutrition and medication under and overdoses may also be signs of physical abuse. In other cases, a lack of vigilance from caretakers can lead to dangerous falls and other injuries.
Verbal, Mental, and/or Emotional Abuse
This type of abuse is marked by severe emotional anguish and agitation, withdrawal, and non-responsiveness and is often brought on by:
- Repeated insults
- And more
Sexual abuse includes any inappropriate touching or sexual contact, rape, and forced nudity among other things. Signs of sexual abuse include unexplained genital infections, bruising around the breasts or genitalia, torn or bloodied underclothing, and more.
This form of abuse occurs when a nursing home resident's personal funds, property, or assets are illegally or improperly used. Missing personal belongings and/or checks, sudden changes in a will or other financial documents, and unpaid bills may all be signs of exploitation.
Neglect of Basic Needs
Neglect of basic needs can include:
- Poor hygiene
- Soiled beds
Victims of nursing home neglect do not receive assistance for basic needs such as bathing, grooming and a clean bed to sleep in. often times basic needs such as water and proper nutrition are not provided for nursing home residents. This can lead to illness and a deterioration of overall health.
If your loved one has been hurt by their nursing home caretakers, then our firm is ready to help you take action. Contact us to request a free case evaluation today.