Posted in Nursing Home Abuse on August 15, 2017
Nursing homes are intended to serve as safe haven for the elderly. Families trust that a nursing home will provide its residents with a positive and caring environment. Sadly, abuse and neglect remain common in nursing homes. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 10 elders is abused every year across the United States.
Nursing home abuse is such a serious problem that the federal government has enacted nursing home regulations. The regulations define abuse as “the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish.” Therefore, the elder abuse can be physical, emotional, or both.
It is important that families consistently look for signs of abuse. Some signs, such as those of physical abuse, may be more discernable than others. Signs of physical abuse may include inexplicable broken bones, bruises, or other physical injuries. Sometimes, the combination of a victim’s age and fear of “speaking out” unfortunately leads family members to consider physical injuries as something other than abuse.
Emotional abuse is more difficult to identify. Families may often incorrectly attribute symptoms of emotional abuse to dementia or aging. Sadly, emotional abuse is often only recognized when severe warning signs surface.
An elderly person’s display of the below signs may indicate the presence of emotional abuse at the nursing home:
Another sign to watch out for is a nursing home’s refusal to allow guests to visit alone with the patient. To ensure that persons living in nursing homes are kept safe and free from abuse, families must learn the signs of abuse so that they can be more easily identified and recognized.
Individuals who engage in nursing home abuse should not go unpunished. Nursing home abuse negatively affects both the victims—their physical and mental well-being—and the families of the victims. Fortunately, someone who is abused, as well as his or her family, may be able to recover damages.
Some of the potentially recoverable damages include:
If you suspect that a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, it is time to fight back. Nursing home residents should never suffer have to abuse. If they do, the abusers must be held responsible and the victims should be compensated for their suffering. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice is ready to address nursing home abuse and ensure that your affected family members receive the compensation they deserve. If your loved one has suffered physical or emotional abuse at a nursing home, call us to schedule your initial consultation at 410-288-2900 today.