Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes Causes Serious Harm to Seniors
When you or your loved one experiences physical abuse in a nursing home, you may be able to collect monetary damages for nursing home abuse.
Physical abuse in nursing homes occurs with increasing frequency across the US. It is a serious problem in New York. The statistics are alarming and suggest that when you or your loved one enter a nursing home or other long-term care facility, there is a real chance you may be in a dangerous situation.
Residents of a nursing home pay for and expect a certain level of care and supervision. Regulations govern nursing homes, and they exist to ensure that our elderly and family members are safe and treated with dignity. Unfortunately, stories of physical abuse at the hands of “caregivers” are all too familiar and result in severe emotional and physical harm to those we love.
Physical abuse in a nursing home is not always apparent. Many seniors keep quiet about abuse or are unable to advocate for themselves. If you suspect physical abuse in a nursing home, seek help for yourself or your family member immediately. It is essential that you get assistance investigating the situation and pursuing available legal remedies. Contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP for assistance in securing their safety and bringing claims for injuries suffered.
What is Physical Abuse in a Nursing Home?
It is difficult to imagine anyone causing harm to another person. It is even more difficult to envision a helpless nursing home resident being the victim of abuse by the very people entrusted with their well-being. Yet in New York, physical abuse in nursing homes is a sad reality.
In fact, physical abuse in nursing homes takes on many forms. It commonly includes one or more of the following actions:
- Sexual touching
- Withholding food, drink or medicine
- Force feeding someone
- Forcing sedation or chemical restraint
- Refusing to move a person
No one should have to endure physical abuse at the hands of another. Laws protect everyone from such assault, and the actions of a nursing home employee may be criminal. They may also form the basis of a civil claim. If you or someone you love is being abused in a nursing home, it is crucial that you seek justice and any damages the law allows.
Victims of Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes Need Protection
Nursing home patients are frequently unable to report abuse because of their physical limitations. It is more likely that they are unwilling to report abuse because they are afraid. If their abuser is not immediately fired, will they retaliate against the victim? Gathering the courage to confront an abuser or try to stop violence is an anxiety-fueled process. Imagine having to face this when you are elderly, frail and entirely dependent on others.
It may be up to outside family members or visitors to be on the lookout for signs of mistreatment. Common indications of physical abuse include:
- Burn marks
- Sudden fearfulness of being alone
- Becoming emotionally withdrawn
- Unusual fear or dislike of physical contact
- Scrapes and scratches
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Diagnosis of an STD
- Soiled linens
- Frequent falls
- Unexplained difficulty moving certain body parts
- Being told you may not spend time alone with your loved one.
These are some of the “red flags” that may indicate someone is experiencing physical abuse. If you suspect such abuse, take action immediately. Report it to the nursing home administration right away if you feel it is safe to do so. If the situation is not handled correctly by the nursing home administrators, you may wish to report the abuse to the police. You should also contact the experienced nursing home abuse lawyer at Alonso Krangle, who can help ensure that you or your loved one collect monetary damages.
Who Is Responsible For Physical Abuse In The Nursing Home?
When an employee in a nursing home abuses a patient, the nursing home itself may be held responsible. If the nursing home was negligent in a way that led to that employee’s actions or the victim’s injuries, you might be able to collect significant monetary damages. Nursing home abuse cases often involve the following situations:
- The nursing home did not have adequate policies and procedures in place to prevent abuse
- The nursing home failed to train employees properly
- The nursing home hired dangerous or unqualified employees
- There was inadequate security in the nursing home
- The nursing home did not adequately supervise abusive staff members
- The nursing home did not provide adequate medical care to abused patients
- The nursing home did not correctly discipline staff members for acts of abuse
- The nursing home did not conduct proper background checks
The experienced lawyers at Alonso Krangle can help determine who is responsible for the physical abuse of your loved one in a nursing home. After making that determination, you and your attorneys can discuss filing a claim to collect monetary damages and protect your family from future physical abuse.
Call Alonso Krangle, LLP To Protect Your Legal Rights
Physical abuse in a nursing home should not be tolerated. It is physically and emotionally harmful to the victims, their families, and society. Nursing homes should be safe havens for our seniors and other loved ones who need supervision and care in their daily lives. We know this is not always the case.
Alfonso Krangle, our experienced New York nursing home abuse lawyers are eager to help you end the physical abuse of you or your loved one. Call our office today at 800-403-6191. Find out if you have a legal claim and let us work on your behalf to collect the maximum amount of damages the law allows.