Plainfield Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Although deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home can be difficult, doing so is often in their best interests, as these facilities can provide specialized care and supervision by trained staff. Unfortunately, an alarming number of nursing homes fail to provide the level of care that they promise, which can leave residents in an extremely precarious position. It is possible, however, to hold negligent facilities accountable for resident injuries and illnesses, so if you believe that a loved one was abused or neglected at a nursing home, you should consider speaking with an experienced Plainfield nursing home abuse lawyer who can evaluate your case.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse can take a number of different forms, including:
- Physical abuse, such as hitting, pushing, kicking, or slapping;
- Emotional or psychological abuse, which includes verbally abusing residents, forcing a resident to remain isolated from others, and destroying a resident’s property;
- Sexual abuse, which typically takes the form of sexual harassment or assault;
- Financial abuse, which occurs when an employee steals a resident’s money, uses credit cards without authorization, or steals a resident’s personal possessions; and
- Neglect, which happens when a nursing home doesn’t meet a resident’s needs by failing to provide that person with adequate nutrition, shelter, clothing, hygiene, or medical care.
Some of these forms of abuse are more obvious than others. Physical abuse, for instance, is often revealed through unexplained bruising, fractures, and other injuries. Others forms of abuse, however, including verbal abuse, may be more difficult to identify. Fortunately, there are a few things besides physical injuries that the relatives of nursing home residents can keep an eye out for to prevent abuse, including:
- Symptoms of malnutrition, such as unexplained weight loss or dehydration;
- The diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease;
- The presence of soiled bedding or unclean clothing;
- Untreated medical conditions, including bedsores;
- Changes in personality or depression; and
- Evidence of an unexplained fear of certain employees.
To learn more about holding a nursing home accountable for its negligence, please reach out to our office today.
Who Can be Held Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing homes that engage, or allow their employees to engage in neglectful or wrongful acts against residents can be held liable for resulting injuries. This could include the institution itself, as well as a facility’s managers, specific employees, or supervisors, all of whom can be required to compensate injured parties for their physical injuries and pain and suffering if there is evidence of:
- Failing to hire qualified staff;
- Failing to properly train and monitor employees;
- Providing inadequate security;
- Failing to repair dangerous hazards and conditions on the property;
- Failing to provide residents with proper care; and
- Failing to implement and enforce health and safety policies.
For help investigating the actions of your own loved one’s nursing home, please call our legal team today.
Pursuing Claims of Nursing Home Abuse
If you believe that a relative has been the victim of abuse and have already notified the authorities, please call Keffer Hirschauer LLP at 317-455-4043 to speak with an experienced Plainfield nursing home abuse lawyer about your legal options.