Nursing Home Abuse Cases Under Investigation
Our lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of residents who suffered from the following types of abuse:
Physical Abuse: Not limited to battery or other physical contact, this type of nursing home abuse can also be seen in force-feeding, overmedication and excessive use of chemical or physical restraints.
Emotional Abuse: Mental abuse in a nursing home can refer to verbal degradation or threats, isolation, sarcastic remarks or insults. Mental abuse can also refer to emotional manipulation, which occurs when a staff member deceitfully influences a resident for their own advantage. For instance, nursing home residents may be manipulated into overlooking forms of nursing home abuse for fear they will not be fed, bathed or groomed.
In addition, nursing home residents can be manipulated into acting in ways that don't create "difficulties" for the employee but may be harmful to the resident themselves. For instance, a nursing home resident may be afraid to ask for a glass of water or snack for fear they will be reprimanded or hit. As a result, the resident may become dehydrated or malnourished.
Likewise, nursing home abuse may also take the form of emotional threats, which occur when a resident is threatened into keeping quiet about abuse within the facility. Residents suffering from emotional abuse may exhibit less obvious warning signs, such as withdrawal, mood swings, low self-esteem, involuntary seclusion, unexplained confusion, anxiety or depression, and odd behaviors such as sucking, rocking or biting.
Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse in nursing homes can occur when the resident is forced or tricked into unwanted sexual contact or when the individual is too weak or ill to give consent. A nursing home resident can be sexually abused by a staff member, another resident, visitor, stranger or a family member.
Financial Abuse: Financial abuse occurs when the person responsible for monitoring an elder's spending habits exploits their position through the misappropriation of funds, property, or other assets. Examples may include tardy bill payments, using funds or property for their own benefit, cashing checks without consent from the owner, forcing signatures to gain access to funds or possessions, taking advantage of a power of attorney for personal advancement, and tricking a resident into signing a will, contract or another legal document.
Neglect: Neglect refers to the failure of a senior's caretaker to execute the degree of care expected from a person in their position. Some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect include failure to assist with personal hygiene, failure to provide appropriate food clothing or shelter, failure to provide medical treatment when vital, failure to address health and safety hazards, and failure to acknowledge unsanitary conditions and its effects on residents.
Gathering evidence early on can make or break a nursing home case.