Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse is a difficult issue to face, but approximately 150,000 seniors experience nursing home abuse every year with approximately 1,800 cases resulting death. Many cases go unreported and unpunished. Most seniors in nursing homes are fragile and vulnerable and unable to protect themselves or seek help. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or if you lost a loved one to elder abuse, Nordyke Law Offices has handled numerous cases involving nursing home abuse and medical malpractice in nursing care institutions.
It's important to protect your loved one by remaining vigilant and attentive to any changes in a long-term care facility
Examples of nursing home abuse includes:
Physical abuse may be used against the senior to cause harm. This includes inappropriate use of restraints, pushing, hitting and scratching. Since physical force typically has obvious warning signs, it's easier to prove than emotional or sexual abuse.
Emotional abuse includes a wide range of actions and behaviors by the caregiver that cause emotional distress. Demeaning behavior, ignoring the elder, humiliation, and blaming are all forms of emotional abuse.
Sexual abuse occurs when non-consensual sexual contact is made with a senior in a nursing home. Seniors may be manipulated or coerced into sexual contact and emotional abuse and physical abuse may also play a role.
Taking Action Against Nursing Home Abuse
Taking action is often the only way to stop the abuse and to prevent other seniors from becoming victims. If you feel that your loved one is in immediate danger, it's best to remove them from the nursing home facility as soon as possible. Your suspicions should be reported to the proper state hotline. Once your loved one is safe, legal action should immediately be taken against the nursing home. Our team at Nordyke Law Offices can answer your questions and help guide you to your next step.