In recent years, an estimated 2.2 million older adults lived in nursing homes or residential care facilities. While residents pay good money to receive the care and assistance they need, too many nursing homes engage in the negligent hiring of unqualified staff and also have staff who are overworked and/or underpaid. Such conditions can often lead to the tragic event of nursing home abuse.
If you think your loved one has been abused while living in a nursing home or assisted care facility, you should call the New Port Richey nursing home abuse lawyers at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA in New Port Richey to discuss your options today.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse comes in several forms, all of which can cause serious physical and emotional damages to victims. The following are some examples of abuse that may take place in a nursing home:
- Neglect – Failing to provide proper nutrition, forgetting to administer medication, having unsanitary conditions, leaving residents isolated, and more.
- Physical abuse – Hitting, shoving, restraining, knocking down, slapping, kicking, or otherwise physically hurting a resident in any way.
- Emotional abuse – Saying things that are threatening, intimidating, demeaning, condescending, belittling, and words that can emotionally harm an elderly resident.
- Sexual abuse – Forced touching, disrobing, indecent exposure, or sexual assault/rape.
- Financial abuse – Stealing money or valuables, fraudulently tricking the resident into giving money or access to accounts, or anything other wrongful financial gain by nursing home staff from residents.
All of the above can cause serious physical, emotional, or financial harm to residents and the nursing home should be held accountable for the injuries and losses caused.
Signs of Possible Nursing Home Abuse
The signs of nursing home abuse can vary widely and you should be concerned if you notice anything substantially different about your loved one. Unexplained injuries, substandard conditions, fear or withdrawal, changes in mood or behavior, weight loss, and other circumstances should be cause for alarm and you may want to discuss the situation with authorities and one of our attorneys.
Call Our Experienced New Port Richey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
Anyone injured in a nursing home deserves full compensation for the injuries they sustained. If you or a loved one has been a victim, please call our nursing home abuse lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.