• How to Deal with Nursing Home Abuse
  • November 17, 2010 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • Dealing with a nursing home abuse lawyer does not have to be expensive. In fact, certain attorneys will handle your claim on contingency. This means that they do not get paid unless you win your case. Additionally, it also means that you shouldn’t hesitate to contact such a lawyer if you or someone you love has been abused. There are several varying types of abuse, but they all include a breach of trust on the part of the nursing home staff. Some kinds are more noticeable than other kinds.

    The easiest kinds of elder neglect to spot are typically the physical types. These may include battery, wrongful use of medicine, overmedication or sexual assault. The signs are exactly what you’d probably expect. Look for bruises, abrasions and cuts. Some very horrible individuals have been known to burn elders with cigarettes or find other ways to torture them to get them to agree with demands. None of these wounds should be considered normal and all of them should be regarded with suspicion. Always have your eye out for the signs of physical abuse against an elder.

    On the other hand, mental abuse can be much more difficult to detect. Many nursing home mistreatment cases involve severe verbal abuse and threats. You should realize that this puts an elderly individual in a very difficult situation. In many cases, elderly patients are not strong enough to defend themselves against a staff member, who is in their prime, and this can be a blow to the elderly individual’s ego. This may be expressed as depression or a complete withdrawal from social activities. This can be prevented and there is absolutely no reason that anyone, young or old, should have to suffer this kind of abuse.

    Nursing home negligence can occasionally mean that your loved one isn't physically or verbally abused, but, instead, deprived of treatment completely. The elder patient could be left in bed or sitting in a wheelchair being ignored for long periods of time. This is still considered a form of abuse, even though it does not involve any physical or verbal abuse. You should be aware of these signs of neglect, including poor hygiene. For example, the elderly individual’s finger and toenails may be too long and unkempt, they might have extreme body odor, due to lack of bathing and, in severe cases, diapers may not be changed as regularly as needed. No one should have to suffer nursing home mistreatment. If you or a loved one has had to endure this kind of abuse, you may be able to get compensation for your suffering.