Indianapolis Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Indianapolis Nursing Home Injury Lawyers Serving Victims and their Families throughout Central Indiana
Moving an elderly family member into an assisted living facility or nursing home can be a difficult and upsetting decision. Each year, millions of families in the U.S. have to contemplate placing a grandparent or parent into a facility such as these where his or her daily living and medical needs can be met. While we would like to think that the people with whom we entrust our loved ones’ care will provide the same standard of care that we give, such is not always the case. Nursing home abuse and neglect are quickly becoming an epidemic in the U.S., and many elderly residents are suffering from one or more types of nursing home abuse.
Each year in the U.S., an estimated 2.1 senior citizens become the victims of some type of abuse. Even more shocking, for every one case of nursing home abuse that is reported, there may be as many as five more cases that go unreported. While physical abuse is the most common form of elder abuse, a nursing home resident may also suffer from financial exploitation, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.
Nursing home abuse or neglect can include one or more of the following:
- Sexual assault and/or battery
- Assault and/or battery
- Sedation of the patient
- Willful deprivation of food and/or water
- Unreasonable physical or chemical restraint
- Poor access to medical services
- Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
- Unclean or unsanitary living conditions
- Failure to provide shelter, clothing, or food
- Failure to assist the resident with personal hygiene needs
- Failure to prevent bed sores, malnutrition, or dehydration
- Lack of care
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Signs of physical abuse may include bloody or torn clothing, broken bones, and unexplained cuts or bruises. A patient who is suffering from venereal disease, bleeding around the anal or genital area, bruises around the genitals or breasts, or bloody garments may be a victim of sexual abuse. Emotional abuse of a loved one may including mocking, ignoring, humiliating, or terrorizing the patient, as well as intimidating him or her through threats and yelling or isolating the patient from activities or other residents.
Financial exploitation is the most common type of non-physical abuse. A caregiver may steal the patient’s identity, steal belongings, authorize money transfers or withdrawals, forge signatures, checks, or money, or even misuse the patient’s credit cards, accounts, or checks. Signs of nursing home neglect include malnourishment, dehydration, unsanitary living conditions, soiled bed linens or clothing, or the improper administration of medications or a patient not receiving his or her medications at all.
What You Can Do
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have the legal and moral responsibility to provide adequate and proper care to ensure the safety of their residents. However, in the event that a nursing home neglects that responsibility, the patient’s family members may be entitled to hold the nursing home responsible. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect or have evidence that your loved one has been victimized, it is important to immediately contact and seek medical attention, if necessary. The resident will likely be removed from the facility, and you may consider taking legal action against those responsible for the injuries that he or she sustained.
Is Your Loved One Suffering from Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
If you or someone you love has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to know that you have legal options. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Jacobs Law, LLC understand how devastating neglect can be, particularly if it is caused by a trusted caregiver. For more information about pursuing a claim and holding the appropriate party responsible, please contact Jacobs Law, LLC today toll-free at (877) 418-5589. There is no cost to receive an initial consultation, and we can help you to determine the best course of action for you and your family.
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