Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse. If you suspect a loved one is being abused in a nursing home, contact Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. today for aggressive yet compassionate representation. Personal injury attorney Stephen G. Charpentier handles all types of nursing home abuse cases and can help your family, too. We offer a comprehensive range of services and are sensitive to the needs of your family when tackling the emotional issues these types of cases present. Book a free case review by contacting us online or calling (321) 308-8020. We have offices in Cocoa, Titusville, and Melbourne, FL.
If you suspect your loved one has suffered at the hands of caregivers in a nursing home, let us help you today.
Classifying Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse takes many forms:
- Emotional abuse: Action that makes a patient feel emotionally uncomfortable can be considered a form of mental abuse. Being neglected or isolated, yelled at, threatened, intimidated, or bullied are emotionally abusive actions. When a nursing home allows this type of behavior to persist, the home faces liability for the psychological damage. A patient suffering from emotional abuse will often become withdrawn, depressed, or have sudden changes in behavior.
- Neglect and abandonment: Nursing home workers that fail to provide the care needed may be considered neglectful of the patient. When left unattended, a nursing home resident can suffer a fall, miss a meal, and experienced a decrease in their level of health and dental care. If you notice bedsores, dirty bedding, or poor hygiene when visiting a loved one in a nursing home, it may be due to neglect.
- Physical abuse: Physical abuse takes many forms; such as being hit, kicked, force fed, or being given the wrong dosage of medication. Any of these acts can result in a physical injury, and for those in nursing homes, the level of pain can be higher and the recovery time longer. If your loved one has unexplained bruises, burns, broken bones, or other physical injuries, physical abuse could be the cause.
- Sexual abuse: When workers at a nursing home force a patient to engage in a sexual act, sexual abuse has occurred. Sexual abuse can also be any unwanted contact or being shown explicit photographs or videos.
Acting fast to protect your loved one is critical in all types of nursing home abuse cases. Quick action can put a stop to the abuse and give your family a chance to begin healing. A thorough investigation is typically needed to identify the source of abuse and determine whether the actions violate laws. The approach we take includes listening to your concerns and finding solutions that work for your family.
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If you suspect your loved one has suffered at the hands of caregivers in a nursing home, let us help you today. We fight for the compensation your family deserves and treat you with respect during the process. We understand how important it is to heal as a family, and we keep you updated at every stage so you are not left with more questions than answers. To speak with our office or schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (321) 308-8020.