When you place your relative in a nursing home facility you are putting their lives in the hands of their caregivers. The last thing you probably expect is for the staff to become abusive and the facility to not take steps necessary to prevent or put a stop to the abuse your loved one has been subjected to.
If you believe your elderly family member is being abused by the people you trusted to care for them, there are steps you can take to remove them from danger and hold the at-fault party accountable for their abhorrent actions. For the purposes of this article, we will review some red flags you should keep your eye out and the ways in which you can bring your loved one’s abuser to justice.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
There are many different types of nursing home abuse that you need to be aware of, as it is not uncommon for abusers to utilize one or more of these different types of abuse to control and/or manipulate your family member. They include:
- Financial abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
Once you become aware of these signs, you should retain an attorney as soon as possible so that they can begin collecting the evidence you need to support your case.
This might include photographs of physical abuse, bank statements that show missing money, medical documentation that can show physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, video footage, witness statements and anything else that can demonstrate that your loved one was being abused by the nursing home facility and their staff. Your attorney will use this to prepare your personal injury claim against them.
Hold the Abuser Accountable for Their Actions
Your civil lawsuit is different from any criminal charges that might be filed, and there is a significant chance that there will be criminal charges brought against the abuser. The state prosecutions office will handle that aspect while your lawyer will work your personal injury claim.
Here, you’ll be seeking compensation for the damages your loved one endured. Such losses might include pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and stolen monies to name a few. Your attorney will go over each of the ways the abuse your relative suffered impacted their life so that you can ensure they get the most out of their claim.
Work with a Knowledgeable Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Don’t let the person or persons responsible for allowing your elderly relative to suffer abuse get away with it. A nursing home abuse attorney can represent your family throughout the civil lawsuit process and build you a powerful case against the liable entity.
Your loved one should be spending this time in their life worry-free and relaxed, not being subjected to abuse in any of its forms. Get in touch with an aggressive yet compassionate lawyer as soon as possible so that you can begin to put this trying time in your lives behind you.