What IS elder abuse?
When caregivers or employees in nursing homes or other assisted care facilities knowingly, intentionally, or negligently act in a way that causes harm to elderly adults who are weak and vulnerable, this constitutes abuse.
Abuse can take many forms.
Physical involves the infliction of pain or injury, such as pushing, slapping, or hitting. Typically, this results in bruises, lacerations, and broken bones.
Emotional abuse involves causing distress, mental pain, or anguish by yelling, threatening, or simply by ignoring the person. Signs to look for include withdrawal, fear, anger, and emotional outbursts.
Sexual abuse involves any form of sexual harassment or any sexual act that is non-consensual. Look for signs such as bruising in the genital area and torn or bloody clothing.
Basic neglect involves the refusal or failure to provide adequate necessities such as food, water, and shelter, which ultimately can result in health conditions such as ulcers, malnutrition, bedsores, and untreated infections.
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Legal Help for Nursing Home Abuse Victims
Not all cases of nursing home abuse are intentional; however, no matter how the abuse occurs, it is still unacceptable treatment for our elderly. If you believe that your elderly loved one is being abused by his or her caregivers, the first step is to relocate him or her to a safer environment then seek legal guidance.
The attorneys at Nash & Franciskato will conduct a thorough investigation, which may include looking at the training staff members receive, their level of experience in handling various health conditions and even do background checks.
We are your advocates and the voice for your elderly family member, fighting to stop his or her pain and suffering.
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Contact us at (877) 284-6600 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Receive a Free Evaluation from Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
The attorneys at Nash & Franciskato have experience handling nursing home lawsuits. We will review the circumstances of your loved one’s treatment and provide guidance on your legal options. We want to help protect his or her rights. Contact us for a free no-obligation review of your case.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published April 18, 2016. It was reviewed on June 5, 2023 and updated for content and accuracy.