Families turn to nursing homes, often as the last resort, when their elderly loved one is no longer able to take care of themselves and needs more help than the family is able to provide. Unfortunately, far too many of these facilities do not provide the quality of care to residents that their families think they are receiving, leaving many residents at high risk of becoming victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. If you suspect your elderly loved one has been a victim, contact a nursing home restraint marks lawyer New Jersey families trust from Davis & Brusca, LLC.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
A victim can suffer abuse by nursing home staff or by another resident, and there are many forms this abuse can take. Some of the most common forms include:
Physical abuse: The victim suffers some type of physical assault, such as hitting, pinching, shoving, slapping, or any other act that inflicts discomfort or physical pain. Elderly residents often suffer serious injuries from this abuse because of they are typically in frail physical health.
Emotional or verbal abuse: The victim is yelled at, berated, insulted, intimidated, or harassed. The abuser may intentionally isolate the victim from other residents and/or ignore their requests for assistance. This type of verbal abuse usually causes great emotional distress for the victim and they often suffer anxiety, depression, and begin to withdraw from others, even family and friends who visit.
Improper restraint: A nursing home abuse lawyer NJ clients recommend has handled many cases of nursing home abuse where the victim was confined to a bed or chair by staff who had used restraints on their ankles and wrists. While there are cases where a resident does need to be restrained for their own safety, there are too many cases where these restraints are being used unnecessarily and is abuse of the resident. Staff may also use sedatives and other medications as chemical restraints to keep the resident drugged up and quiet.
Sexual abuse: Nursing home residents who suffer from dementia, are bedridden or are otherwise more vulnerable than other residents leave them at high risk of being sexually abused by staff or other residents.
Financial abuse: A staff member may convince or force a resident to turn over money or property to them. There are even cases where a resident has been manipulated in changing their will to leave their estate to the staff member. Other forms of financial abuse are when a staff member uses the resident’s personal information to obtain loans, credit cards, purchases, and another form of identity theft.
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If you suspect your elderly loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, call Davis & Brusca, LLC immediately to find out what legal recourse you may have. We will schedule a free and confidential consultation with a New Jersey nursing home restraint marks lawyer and help you take the steps to protect your loved one.
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