Cases of Physical Assault in Nursing Homes
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
One of the signs of abuse in cases of nursing home negligence is when you observe that your loved one has been bruised, cut, or suffered other physical damage. The bruising can be the result of the improper use of restraints, hitting, kicking, slapping, pinching and other illegal acts. If you observe that your loved one is injured physically, no matter what excuse is offered to you, it is possible that they have been the victim of nursing home abuse. Certain individuals that work within the system are not concerned with the health of those under their care. The frail condition of the elderly makes them targets for bullies, and the victim frequently does not have the ability to report the abuse due to diminished mental capacity.
It is a sad and tragic issue that many families must deal with – those they entrusted to care for a family member are committing illegal acts of abuse. If you see that your loved one is fearful, flinches when approached, has bruising, cuts, or other injuries, it is vital that you contact a Long Island personal injury attorney without delay. Cases of sexual abuse – an unbelievable illegal act – have also been reported in a great number of cases.
Take Action Today: Contact a Long Island Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
There are over 500,000 reports of abuse in nursing homes on a yearly basis, almost all of which take place where the senior lives. There are likely many more cases that are not reported. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of physical abuse, action must be taken on their behalf. At Jaghab Jaghab & Jaghab, P.C., we have over 80 years of collective experience in personal injury law, and can move forward quickly to seek justice and compensation after a case of physical abuse in a nursing home.
Another type of physical abuse is the overmedication of a resident. In some cases, the staff, in an effort to “keep them quiet” will keep a nursing home resident drugged far beyond what is prescribed. If you see that your loved one is constantly sleeping, groggy, unable to communicate, it is possible that they are a victim of this form of physical abuse. The overmedication of the elderly is very dangerous; their frail physical state together with the overuse of prescription medications can lead to serious physical issues and even death. If your family member appears to be overmedicated is bruised, scratched or showing other signs of physical abuse, we urge you to contact us at once. We can help you report the abuse to the correct authorities and take legal action against the facility that has allowed the abuse to continue.