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Watch Out for Three Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Watch Out for Three Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect has become a prevalent problem throughout the United States, affecting the lives of countless individuals and families who have placed their trust in the hands of a seemingly caring staff.

What makes this type of injustice that much more devastating, however, is that instances of abuse are often swept under the rug, left unreported and/or covered up by the administrators of negligent nursing home facilities. This has made it increasingly difficult for victims to seek the justice and the compensation that they deserve, but it does not mean that this growing problem should be ignored.

Instead, anyone who has placed a loved one under the care of a nursing home staff or caretaker should remain informed and alert—as the victim may be too scared to come forward with allegations themselves.

There are three main types of nursing home abuse that you should be wary of if you suspect that your loved one has been mistreated, including physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Each can have a devastating impact on the victim, so you should not hesitate to ask questions if any warning signs should appear.

Physical abuse is the most commonly reported form of abuse, as it often leaves behind visible indications of mistreatment. Any unexplained bruises, lacerations, broken bones or signs of malnourishment/dehydration should be addressed immediately.

Even if your loved one has denied the abuse, you should not ignore these red flags if the physical signs persist over a period of time. You can start by making inquiries to the management of the facility in which your family member resides.

Secondly, you should watch out for any signs of sexual abuse. Since the elderly are more vulnerable targets, it is not uncommon for fellow nursing home residents or staff members to subject them to this form of abuse—as devastating as that may be. If your loved one has been assaulted, however, they may be unwilling to come forward or talk about the abuse.

For this reason, you should keep an eye out for any signs of sexual abuse, including bruising around the genital area, a stark change in demeanor around a particular person and/or noticeably inappropriate touching from a staff member.

Finally, it is important to be wary of emotional abuse. This type of mistreatment is often harder to detect, but it may help to keep in regular contact with your loved one. In doing so, you can provide a safe place for them to open up and disclose the abuse.

If you or a loved one has already suffered through nursing home abuse, however, you should not hesitate to get in touch with a Raleigh personal injury attorney at the Whitley Law Firm. We may be able to assist you recovering the compensation that you deserve.