Avon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people entrust loved ones to the care of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. These homes provide around-the-clock care for the most vulnerable members of society. Unfortunately, this trust is often betrayed when staff abuse or neglect their residents.
If you suspect a loved one is being abused, contact an Avon nursing home abuse lawyer at Keffer Hirschauer LLP today. We can investigate what is happening in the nursing home and seek an appropriate legal remedy.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. Some abuse is difficult to see, and many residents are terrified to tell loved ones about their treatment, fearing retaliation from staff and other nursing home employees. In our experience, nursing home residents can suffer from:
- Physical abuse. Staff might punch, slap, kick, pinch, or burn a resident, often to restrain them or out of anger. Sometimes, a loved one is attacked by another resident because staff does not adequately monitor residents.
- Emotional abuse. Staff can emotionally terrorize staff by belittling them or insulting them. Others will withhold all communication or isolate a resident.
- Financial abuse. A resident can have financial or personal information stolen. Staff might also steal money or valuables.
- Sexual abuse. Unfortunately, many residents are sexually assaulted by staff members or other residents.
- Chemical abuse. The nursing homes might be using certain psychoactive drugs to restrain residents when there is no valid reason to give them the prescription drug.
Looking for Signs of Abuse
There is often no one sign that abuse is happening. Instead, concerned family members slowly begin to piece together that something is wrong. We encourage loved ones to look for the following:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or fractures. Staff might not have an explanation for how your loved one was hurt. Family should be promptly notified of any injury or trip to the hospital.
- Emotional withdrawal. If your loved one was bubbly and friendly, social withdrawal might be a sign of abuse.
- Sudden weight loss. A resident might stop eating when they are being abused, or staff could withhold food intentionally.
- Sexually transmitted infection (STIs). These are clear signs of sexual abuse.
Although you can ask your loved one if anything is wrong, they might not respond. We encourage family members to stop by the nursing home at odd hours and to mix up their routine. Staff might be expecting you at only certain times, and you might see a different side of things if you show up at odd hours.
Nursing Home Liability
Abused residents can sue any staff member who abuses them. However, the nursing home often shares liability in these cases. Nursing homes can be negligent when they fail to perform adequate background checks on job applicants or when they fail to discipline or investigate complaints properly.
Other nursing homes are short staffed, which can lead to accidents. For example, residents can get out of control or wander away when there are not enough staff members on duty.
Contact an Avon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
There is no excuse for abuse, and nursing homes must be held accountable when residents are abused or neglected. Please contact our law firm today for a free consultation.