Evansville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
One in 10 people over the age of 60 have suffered some form of elder abuse, according to the National Council on Aging. For those living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living, and other long and short term elder care facilities, the chances of being abused can be even higher. Noticing the signs of abuse can be difficult for family members of those in long term care facilities like nursing homes, but if you have noticed the signs, such as bruising, loss of appetite, sudden changes in mood, worsening dementia, or unexplained injuries or financial decisions, it is up to you to take action. The Evansville nursing home abuse lawyers at the office of Indianapolis Injury Lawyers can help you get to the bottom of whatever is going on, and hold the nursing home financially responsible for your loved one’s damages.
Types of Abuse
- Physical Abuse—The most obvious type of abuse is physical, which consists of hitting, pushing, pinching, slapping, grabbing, kicking, scratching, jabbing, unnecessary use of restraints, or any other form of unnecessary physical force against the resident.
- Emotional or Psychological Abuse—After neglect, emotional mistreatment is the leading type of elder abuse, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Emotional mistreatment, or abuse, consists of yelling at the resident, belittling them, shaming them, treating the resident like a child, locking them in their room, depriving them of visitors or “privileges” such as food, water, or their personal belongings. Some nursing home staff use psychological or emotional abuse as a form of torture, while others use it as punishment. In either case, the staff member is in the wrong, and is violating Indiana law.
- Sexual Abuse—Sexual abuse is any sexual touching, intercourse, pornography, or any other sexual act, including a staff member exposing themselves, making lewd comments or suggestions to the resident, or fondling the resident.
- Financial Abuse or Exploitation—There are two types of nursing home financial abuse. The first (theft) is an obvious violation of the law, though difficult to prove unless you have evidence. Stealing a resident’s personal belongings, coercing or tricking a resident into transferring money from their bank account, or taking cash from the resident’s wallet are all forms of financial abuse. The other type of financial abuse is overcharging the resident, which is common. Many nursing homes are guilty of charging exorbitant (and unlawful) amounts for services, medical supplies, and things like toilet paper and bedding.
Nursing Home Neglect
The fifth, and most common, type of nursing home abuse is called neglect. As opposed to other types of abuse, which are intentional acts, neglect is often the lack of performing an essential type of care that the resident requires. Neglect could be failure to give the resident the correct amount of medication, failure to help a resident who has a falling risk out of bed to use the bathroom, or failure to properly bathe and clean the resident if they are unable to do so themselves.
Call an Evansville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
Nursing home abuse has a lasting effect on the life of the victim. Studies have shown that any type of abuse—including, financial, sexual, physical, and emotional—can actually shorten the lifespan of senior citizens. To hold the wrongdoing party fully responsible, contact Indianapolis Injury Lawyers at 317-455- 4043 to schedule a free consultation with an Evansville nursing home abuse lawyer