Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Anyone can enter a nursing home as long as there is a medical reason. The person’s doctor would need to sign off on the order for the person to go to the facility. However, most of the people who are in nursing homes are elderly. Unfortunately, the people who work in nursing homes are the ones who abuse this group of people the most. They work closely with the residents, offering an ideal time for the abuse to occur. Abuse involving elders and nursing homes is sometimes hard to detect, especially if you don’t visit with your family member all the time or there were issues with communication before the person went to the nursing home in the first place.
One of the common types of abuse that is often seen in nursing homes is physical abuse. It could range from hitting the resident to restraining the resident when it’s not needed. Some staff members use objects to hit the residents, such as belts, brushes, and paddles. There are also workers who use their hands to hit residents. A type of abuse that doesn’t get a lot of attention is sexual abuse. This occurs when residents receive unwanted sexual attention. Residents who are unable to speak or move are subject to sexual abuse more than residents who are able to express themselves.
When residents are yelled at or called names, it’s usually constituted as psychological abuse. Humiliating a resident or keeping them from attending social events in the nursing home are other forms of psychological abuse. Elders often feel like they are worthless or are treated like children when they are psychologically abused. This kind of abuse can play a significant part in how the elder interacts with other residents in the facility and with family members. It’s usually hard to detect this kind of abuse because the person might not want to talk about what’s taking place, and there aren’t any physical signs to look for on the body.
When workers in a nursing home have access to bank account numbers and the money that residents have, financial abuse can take place. Workers quietly take money from the residents, especially those who don’t have family members who monitor what is spent. Doctors and nurses can also commit financial abuse by filing claims that aren’t needed and for treatments that aren’t performed in order to get more money from insurance companies or government assistance. There are also workers who will search through the belongings that residents have and take money from wallets or drawers. Another type of financial abuse is when the worker applies for credit using the resident’s name.
A common type of abuse that can sometimes be accidental is neglect. There are times when nursing assistants have to provide care for so many residents at one time that they can’t offer the adequate care that is needed for each one. Negligent acts take place, such as keeping food and water from residents during the day until the worker has the time to serve meals or not providing proper hygiene.
When you visit with your family member, pay attention to the attitude that is exhibited. Look for any bruises or injuries that can’t be explained. Keep track of the money that is available in the elder’s account. If you notice anything that suddenly changes or notice any kind of pain that is present, then you need to alert a doctor or other authorities. An attorney can file the proper claims so that you receive compensation for injuries and pain and suffering. The claim could also include actions against the individual who committed the abuse and not just the nursing home.