Nursing home abuse is undeniably on the rise, especially among patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Many elderly people who are not in a position to speak for themselves have been abused and neglected in nursing homes. But you can do something about it. If you suspect abuse in a nursing home, here are some steps you can take to bring justice to the victim and ensure that the abuse is not repeated.
Nursing home abuse can come in various forms including physical, emotional or financial abuse. Abuse can appear in the form of bedsores, unexplained bruises, depression, lack of hygiene and nutrition, dehydration, and physical or verbal abuse by staff members. If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure that you act on it and do whatever is necessary to protect your loved one.
In Case of Emergency, Call 911
If the situation is dire and needs immediate intervention, call 911 for help and attend to the needs of the victim. Document the abuse that was encountered in an official report with the police.
Report the Abuse to the Proper Authorities
One of the first things you can do if you suspect nursing home abuse, but it is not an emergency, is to report the situation to Adult Protective Services. They will conduct a preliminary screening to determine the seriousness of the case and will investigate the matter.
Collect Appropriate Information to Support Your Case
Make sure that you gather as much information as you can to support your case. Take pictures or videos to prove that the abuse happened. Document the medical records and try to identify the responsible person or party.
Move Your loved One to a Safer Environment
If the observation and information you have gathered proves to be harmful for the patient’s continued stay in the facility, consider moving the victim to a safer environment until the matter is resolved.
Consider Hiring an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Lawsuits against nursing home abuse can only be filed within a short period of time. Once the time frame ends, you cannot file a claim. To make sure that you are legally represented and protected, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer who is familiar with nursing home abuse cases. The right lawyer can take care of all the legal details and help you to fight and win your case. You may be able to get compensated for the injury and abuse suffered by your loved one.
Finkelstein & Partners, LLP
If you suspect that your loved one is suffering neglect or abuse in their nursing home, the attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP will fight for your rights so that your loved one is able to receive the treatment they deserve. We are dedicated to providing unsurpassed legal representation and client service. We have the experience and the knowledge to put up a winning fight for your case. call 1-800-529-2676 or email [email protected].