Once loved ones have reached a certain age and can no longer do things on their own, we consider moving them to a nursing home. Nursing homes should be a place where our loved ones can feel safe and secure, while families feel peace of mind, knowing their loved ones are receiving the care they need. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Elders, not being able to take care of themselves like they used to, can often become victims of nursing home abuse. Fortunately, there are legal options.
Identifying Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can manifest itself in many ways. Unfortunately, these signs are often not taken seriously, as they may be deemed signs of old age or dementia. It is essential to look for the various signs of abuse, as they may vary widely.
The most common forms of abuse are neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and financial abuse. Signs of nursing home abuse may include:
- Bruises or broken bones;
- Severe bedsores;
- Emotional changes;
- Sexually transmitted diseases;
- Fear of nursing home staff;
- Weight loss or dehydration;
- Inability to pay bills; and
- Sudden changes in the elder’s will.
Often, loved ones will keep to themselves and not tell their families about the abuse they are experiencing. This may be due to shame or even fear of retaliation by the abuser. Families must keep a very close eye on their loved ones while in a nursing home.
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How Can You Get Help If a Loved One Is the Victim of Abuse?
If you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you should contact a nursing home abuse attorney right away. An attorney can give you the proper legal advice on how to proceed with your case. Nursing home cases are unique and require much attention to detail.
Your attorney may advise you to begin documenting the abuse as soon as possible. Any evidence you can collect will help strengthen your case. Your attorney will file your lawsuit and conduct any investigation necessary. Nursing homes will often try to settle, so your attorney can handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. If a trial is required, your attorney will represent you and fight for just compensation.
Nursing home abuse cases serve to compensate you and your loved one for a traumatic and emotionally exhausting time.
Hiring Gerling Law for a Nursing Home Abuse Claim
Gerling Law has over 50 years of experience working with clients who have been injured and seek compensation. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality legal representation and fighting tirelessly for justice. We do not shy away from advocating aggressively for our clients while showing kindness and compassion through a trying and emotional time.
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, do not hesitate to contact us. Expect to receive honest legal advice during your free initial case evaluation.
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