Photo of an elderly man in deep thoughtNursing home abuses occur more frequently than we would like to believe. When we put a loved one in a nursing home, we are entrusting the home with the care and health of its dependent patients. With over 1.6 million nursing home residents, over 33% will be placed in a facility that all ready has reports of abuse. While many of the patients are elderly, this is not necessarily always the case.

Physical abuses include assault, such as slapping, hitting, or pushing a patient, inappropriate restraints, burning, or medication errors. These abuses often result in unexplained bruising, gangrene, broken bones, dehydration, malnutrition, or bedsores. Emotional abuses include mental abuse, verbal abuse, humiliation, harassment, or intimidation by nursing home staff. Many victims of emotional abuse may suddenly become withdrawn or easily agitated, or the victim may become aggressive. Other abuses include sexual abuses, such sexual assault and rape, abandonment, and theft. A nursing home may be neglecting its patients; common symptoms of this occurrence include unsanitary living conditions, the lack of medical personnel for medical needs, dehydration, bed sores, and malnutrition. In some cases, these abuses result in the death of the patient.

It is not always easy to detect these abuses, both because they are often hidden by the home and because the victim may not have the ability to communicate the situation. Further aggravating the situation are poorly trained staff, unqualified or inadequate caregivers, or histories of abuse at the facility and by staff members.

If your loved one is the victim of abuse at a nursing home or if your loved one is killed due to nursing home abuse and you need to file a wrongful death claim, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this abuse took on the victim. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that your loved one deserves.