Nursing home abuse happens every day in California. Nursing home residents are often the victims of horrible elder abuse because they have physical or mental restrictions that leave them unable to communicate what is going on. The first step in preventing nursing home abuse is to recognize the signs. Nursing home abuse can take on a variety of forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and even financial abuse. Nursing home abuse can also range in severity, from small injuries, trauma, or fraud, to death, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or losing everything financially. Regardless of the form or severity, nursing home abuse should be reported and if you see any of the signs they should be immediately investigated. By reporting the abuse, the wrongdoers will be held responsible for their actions, and your loved one as well as others will be saved from harm’s way. Any form of abuse adversely impacts the quality of an elder’s life, and thus it is of great importance to end the abuse so that your loved one’s remaining time may be filled with peace and happiness.
If you believe a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, we can help. Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a San Diego elder abuse lawyer today by contacting us.
Unfortunately, physical abuse in nursing homes is widespread due to the fact that many, if not all, nursing home residents have cognitive and/or physical impairments that inhibit them from defending themselves from perpetrators. Additionally, those suffering from physical abuse often do not tell their loved ones out of fear of retaliation, and thus it goes unnoticed.
Physical abuse is the intentional use of physical force that may result in bodily injury or pain. Such abuse can happen to any elderly patient in a nursing home regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or race. The injuries that a nursing home resident may suffer as a result of physical abuse can be very serious and sometimes fatal, as many elders are fragile. Any sort of intentional physical harm to an elderly individual may be considered a form of physical abuse. The most common signs of physical abuse within a nursing home appear directly on the elder’s body and include the following unexplained injuries:
Not all of these indicators may be physically present as well, because forms of abuse such as physical abuse, often trigger an emotional response from the elderly individual which may present as the following:
Sexual abuse in nursing homes in California is increasing. Sexual contact without consent and violent or forced sexual contact constitutes abuse. Nursing home residents are weak and defenseless and unfortunately are often easy prey for sexual predators. The sexual predator could be another resident at the facility, an employee of the facility, or a visitor at the facility. When a nursing home resident is weak and unable to resist or unable to speak, the likelihood of sexual abuse occurring increases. Nursing home residents can be sexually abused by a resident, stranger, or employee. Sexual abuse against an elderly individual can be perpetrated in a variety of ways including anything from unwanted touching all the way to an extreme, such as rape.
Fortunately, even though sexual abuse can be well concealed, you will have a much better chance of saving your loved one from a sexually abusive environment if you know what to look out for. There are several indicators that an elder is being sexually abused. Signs of abuse include:
Another indicator that a loved one may be suffering from abuse within a nursing home has to do with their health care, and includes the following:
Healthcare is essential for the elder’s quality of life, as well as their longevity. It is of great importance that elders receive the medical care they need. If this right is suspended or even denied, the nursing home is at fault and should be held responsible for their reckless actions.
Unfortunately, elderly individuals are at an increased risk for many types of neglect and abuse, including financial abuse. Elder financial abuse applies to anyone over the age of 65 in California. The individual does not need to have any sort of diminished mental capacity, as any form of financial abuse against an elder is actionable under California law. Financial abuse can take many forms and is not limited to an elder simply giving money away to a perpetrator that is unduly influencing them. Financial elder abuse can include a wide range of scenarios, from an elder unknowingly signing their rights to their property away, or even being coerced or deceived into making bad investments.
Elder financial abuse is a serious problem that happens often as a result of many elderly individuals having mental impairments or lapses of judgment that often come with old age. The perpetrators then use this against the elder and prey on them for their money. Taking money, property, stocks or other assets from an elderly individual or deceiving them for one’s financial benefit is a serious problem and needs to be dealt with.
Financial abuse against an elder is sometimes hard to recognize, and can go unnoticed. If you have a loved one that is incapable of properly handling their money, it is important to recognize this and take action so that perpetrators cannot get their hands on your loved one’s finances. One way to combat financial elder abuse is to obtain power of attorney for an elder that is incapable of handling their own financial matters. Here are some of the most common signs that financial elder abuse is occurring:
There are many factors that may result in an increased risk of a perpetrator abusing an elderly individual. Such factors include but are not limited to the following:
It is important to ensure that the individuals providing a loved one with care are truly passionate about what they do and feel rightfully compensated for their work. It is also important to support care providers and be sure that they have adequate breaks. After all, taking care of an elderly patient is never easy and can sometimes be as emotionally frustrating as it is otherwise rewarding.
If you suspect that your family member may be the victim of nursing home abuse notify the nursing home administrator immediately. The administrator is required to investigate and report it to the state agency. Additionally, you should contact an experienced California elder abuse attorney such Joel Bryant. Mr. Bryant is committed to helping bring justice to the elderly and their families. He will also be able to assist you and your loved one navigate the legal process and the courts in order to get your loved one and other residents out of harm’s way, as well as get justice for the suffering your loved one endured.
Nursing home neglect and abuse must be stopped, and the owners of nursing homes are responsible if a resident in their care becomes the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. If one of your loved ones was abused in a nursing home, contact Attorney Bryant and his team today. It is important for loved one’s to speak out on behalf of their elderly family members because many times, elderly individuals are unable to speak up out of fear, embarrassment, isolation, or diseases such as Alzheimer’s that leave them more vulnerable to being abused. Mr. Bryant and his experienced team of San Diego elder abuse attorneys can help recover the compensation you deserve. Their legal assistance will ensure that your loved one is no longer abused and that the perpetrators are held responsible for their actions. Mr. Bryant and his team have been one of the top elder abuse firms in San Diego for over 30 years and they are committed to helping you navigate the legal process and will get you and your loved one the justice that is rightfully deserved. Reach out today for a free, confidential consultation to see if your loved one’s case justifies legal action.
Attorney Joel Bryant is committed to helping the elderly and their families. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of neglect or abuse at their nursing home, contact Joel Bryant today at (619) 239-7900 for a free consultation.
If any of these warning signs of abuse or neglect exist with your loved one please contact me, Attorney Joel Bryant, today. I offer a no-charge consultation and accept injury cases on contingency, meaning my fees are paid only from the money I recover by settlement or in court, otherwise, there is no fee. Please call me today at (619) 239-7900 for a free legal consultation.
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