One of the hardest decisions to make can be the one to put a loved one in a nursing home, but sometimes we have to make the choice. If our ability to adequately meet the needs of the person we love is diminished, we may need help. However, if you find out that the staff or volunteers of a nursing home have been abusing the person you care about, you need to know where to turn.
At SMT Legal, we find it horrendous that anyone would abuse the most vulnerable group in our society. That is why we will work to secure the compensation you need to make the situation right. When you need a nursing home abuse lawyer, we are standing by.
What Can Happen In A Nursing Home
Now and again, a nursing home abuse case makes the news. Unfortunately, the problem of elder abuse and nursing home abuse is much more prevalent than anyone likes to admit or talk about. There have been relatively few studies on the subject. We know that the CDC defines elder abuse as “an intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a serious risk of harm to an older adult.”
We want to go over some of the main ways that abuse in a nursing home takes place so you can be aware of them and on the lookout.
- Financial abuse: We place serious trust in many nursing homes with the financial information of our loved ones. Often, the staff has the ability to gain access to their residents’ finances. They also have their personal information such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth. This can lead to identity theft.
- Insurance Fraud: There are times when a nursing home will bill insurance companies for procedures and materials they never use on our loved ones.
- Negligence: Failing to provide for the basic needs of residents is neglect. This includes ensuring they have food, medications, baths, regular exercise, and proper wound care.
- Physical Abuse: If a nursing home staff member uses physical force on a resident, that is abuse. This can include things like slapping, punching, shoving, and more.
- Sexual Abuse: This is another form of physical abuse and is appalling. Sexual contact of any kind between nursing home staff and residents is wrong.
In abuse cases, the victim is usually unable to defend themselves. Often, they cannot even communicate to others that something is going on. It is up to family members to be vigilant and look for signs of abuse each time they visit.
What Are Your Options?
It is time to take action. As soon as you suspect that your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, contact law enforcement first. The safety of your loved one, and others in the home, is the top priority. Then, you need to seek legal assistance.
At SMT Legal, we have no tolerance for this kind of abuse and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you need moving forward. This can include:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Relocation expenses
- Continued medical expense coverage
- Punitive damages