Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
Greenville, SC Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help
When you trust a loved one into someone else’s care, you put your
faith in their abilitiy to care for them as diligently and kindly as you
would. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. A study conducted
by The National Center on Elder Abuse found 44% of nursing home residents
had suffered some type of abuse, and 95% had either been neglected or
seen someone else neglected. Additionally, a staggering one third of all
nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations that directly put patients
at risk for physical harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered physical abuse while in a nursing home,
you have legal options to defend your rights. At Jordan Law Center, our
compassionate attorney is dedicated to advocating for victim’s rights
and want to help you seek compensation.
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What Constitutes Physical Abuse of an Elderly Person?
In nursing homes, certain types of abuse occur more frequently than others.
Because elderly patients are typically weaker and frailer, any kind of
physical abuse can prove dangerous and sometimes deadly, and even something
as minor as pinching or hair-pulling is inappropriate.
Common types of physical nursing home abuse include:
- Pushing or shoving the resident
- Hitting with or without an object
- Shaking or grabbing roughly
- Throwing the resident into his or her bed, wheelchair, or other furniture
- Using unnecessary physical restraints
- Force-feeding or drinking
- Pulling the resident’s hair
These actions, and others, are usually committed out of frustration and
impatience. For example, if a patient is eating slowly and poorly, the
caretaker may pinch the patient to hurry him or her along, and proceed
to force-feed if the patient is still not quick enough. This sort of behavior,
even if it does not leave a physical mark, is still considered abusive
and should be dealt with immediately.
Know the Signs of Physical Abuse
Just like with any other type of abuse, a nursing home patient suffering
mistreatment will usually show physical signs from their abuser. In general,
if your loved one is exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior, ask them
if anything is wrong. Additionally, if you notice that the facility is
prohibiting you from visiting your loved one, this could be a warning sign.
Symptoms of physical abuse include:
- Weight loss
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Unexplainable bruises
- Marks of forced restraint
- Broken bones
- Unexplained hair loss
What To Do If Your Elderly Loved One Is Being Abused
If you ever recognize symptoms of abuse in your loved one, try to talk
with them and find out what is happening. When a person admits to their
abuse, you should take them to a doctor for a medical check-up both to
ensure their health and to keep a record of their physical injuries. Sometimes,
for various reasons, a person being abused will be hesitant to tell the
truth, and may lie or avoid explaining. Do what you can to convince them
to seek medical attention, if possible.
Next, try to find evidence to support the truth of the alleged victim’s
story. Discuss the issue, take pictures of the injuries, gather medical
records, and talk to other residents about whether or not they’ve
seen the abuse happen. In order to ensure your loved one’s safety,
move them to another facility, and inform the authorities. In addition
to telling the police about the issue, you can also file a complaint with
your state’s social services department, adult protective services
or elder protective services. After you’ve taken measures to protect
your loved one, contact your attorney at Jordan Law Center for help.
Protect Your Loved One, Call Us at (864) 642-0367
Our Greenville, SC nursing home abuse lawyer has successfully families
who have experienced nursing home abuse. Don’t wait to protect your
parent or family member against
nursing home abuse, take legal action today.
Contact Jordan Law Center to begin working on your nursing home abuse case.