Nursing Home Abuse
Considered a "hidden crime," nursing home abuse and neglect is a common, yet underreported, occurrence. Abuse and neglect can be hard to recognize, may be concealed by nursing home staff, or the victim may be too frightened or unable to report the abuse. Approximately 84 percent of nursing home abuse cases go unreported or unrecognized each year.
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may want to consider taking legal action to stop the abuse and protect your loved one from further pain and suffering. At Phillips Law Group, we are committed to fighting for the rights of nursing home residents and their families.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is generally classified into four different categories: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and psychological/mental trauma. Regardless of the type of abuse your loved one has experienced, you may have legal recourse.
- Neglect: Nursing home negligence is the most common form of abuse. It is defined as a caretaker or medical professional who does not meet the standard of care deemed necessary or appropriate for the elderly patient.
- Physical Abuse: Although the definition of physical abuse in a nursing facility varies depending on location, it is generally defined as a caretaker using excessive force that results in bodily harm or pain and suffering in the nursing home resident.
- Sexual Abuse: Nursing home sexual abuse and assault happens when an individual engages in a non-consensual sexual act with a resident.
- Psychological or Mental Trauma: This type of abuse can happen through both verbal and nonverbal behavior. Any action that knowingly causes emotional anguish of a resident can be considered psychological abuse, including verbal assaults, bullying, and subjecting a resident to isolation or silent treatment.
If you suspect your elderly loved one is the victim of abuse in a nursing home, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Phillips Law Group today. We care about our elderly citizens and will fight tirelessly for the justice and compensation they deserve. All of our initial consultations are free, and we only get paid if you win.
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