Types of Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Nursing home abuse is a serious issue. According to the CDC, there are over 1.5 million elderly patients that are in nursing homes. Of these patients, there is a small percentage that claim abuse and actually press charges against their respective nursing home. The sad reality is that a lot of patients are not in a state where they can defend themselves or even aware that abuse has occurred.
There are many different types of abuse cases that are seen. The following are the most common:
Physical Abuse and Neglect
Physical abuse can come in many forms. From actual physical altercations to malnutrition and improper handling and falls. The following are just a few of the many abuses that would fall under this category:
- Bed Sores: All stages of bed sores, pressure ulcers and more fall under abuse.
- Falls: Attended and unattended falls, and falls due to improper equipment use or safety.
- Medical Negligence: Dehydration, malnutrition, malpractice and even medication errors.
Unexplained wandering and sepsis is also quite common.
Caretakers may be reluctant to allow visitors to be alone with the patient at this time. Unexplained injuries or medical conditions are just two of the many signs that will be seen at this time.
Fear, anxiety and mental despair. Emotional abuse can be very difficult to prove without the patient being able to speak. This abuse may be threats to not properly care for the patient, improper language used when dealing with the patient, yelling, screaming and so on.
Emotional abuse will cause mental agony and will ultimately cause a patient to become quiet, upset and angry.
Sexual abuse, whether misconduct or rape, is seen in nursing homes. This type of abuse can lead to discomfort, fear, withdrawal, crying and strained relationships. Signs of physical abuse are often present even if the patient cannot express what has occurred.
Damages can be recovered for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Physical pain
- Mental and emotional suffering
There are signs that act as an indicator of abuse occurring. These signs include:
- Unexplained injuries
- Sudden medical issues
- Behavioral changes in the patient
- Weight loss
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Catching these signs early and contacting an attorney can put an abrupt end to abuse.
Nursing home abuse cases need to be handled with the utmost care. Neglect, malpractice and sexual assault are never to be tolerated. If you or a loved one has suffered due to nursing home abuse, contact Waits & Downer today.