Elderly nursing home residents may be vulnerable to physical, mental, and verbal abuse. Older adults are placed in nursing home facilities so they can receive the care they need. Unfortunately, nursing home residents can face abuse from staff members or even other residents.
Nursing home abuse comes in many forms, and you don’t have to let it go unpunished. You have the right to seek compensation and justice for nursing home abuse. A nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm may be able to help you file a case and seek compensation after your loved one is abused.
Damages You Could Recover in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Elder abuse can cause significant losses for the victims. For instance, a victim may experience physical abuse, which causes them to suffer from pain, mental trauma, fear, and anxiety.
Nursing home abuse can also cause significant hardship for the victim’s family.
For instance, you may be forced to remove your loved one from that nursing home and incur expenses related to moving them. You could lose income because you need to miss time from work to care for your loved one. You may even have to quit working altogether to provide your loved one with the care they need.
Luckily, you can pursue compensation to make up for the losses your loved one suffered. With the help of our nursing home abuse lawyer, you may be able to pursue compensation for:
- Your loved one’s physical pain and suffering
- Your loved one’s mental and emotional distress
- The cost of medical treatment associated with your loved one’s injuries
- The cost of your loved one’s mental health treatment
- The cost of moving your loved one to a different nursing home
- Lost income if you spent time away from work to care for your loved one
You can trust our team to listen to the details of your case and note all the losses your family suffered. Once we calculate the cost of your losses, we will understand what a fair settlement would look like for you and your family.
How does a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Help?
If you suspect your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, you may wonder what you can do to seek justice and compensation. You can seek legal assistance with a nursing home abuse case. You might be eligible to file a claim or lawsuit against the nursing home and other at-fault parties.
Our nursing home abuse lawyer helps in several ways:
Provide Legal Advice
You may want legal advice after discovering your loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home. Our lawyers can provide detailed legal information and guidance on how to proceed with a nursing home abuse case. They can help you understand all of your legal options.
Lawyers give helpful guidance that allows families to take actionable steps toward a resolution. Legal advice helps you make decisions with confidence.
Investigate the Abuse
If you suspect your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, you may be unsure of how to prove it. A lawyer can help you investigate suspected abuse and work with you to build a case against the at-fault parties.
For instance, a lawyer can help interview witnesses, collect evidence such as video surveillance, and consult with expert witnesses.
Handle Legal Processes
Once you have built your nursing home abuse case, you have to submit it through the appropriate legal channel. Whether bringing a claim or lawsuit, a lawyer helps with the entire legal process from start to finish. They can help you submit claim paperwork or file motions in court.
If your case goes through court, a lawyer can be your advocate and represent your interests. They can prepare you and any witnesses to speak in front of a jury.
You do not have to handle a nursing home abuse case on your own. An elder abuse attorney can take over much of the process, allowing you to focus on caring for your loved one and helping them recover from what they have been through.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse Your Loved One May Have Experienced
An elderly resident in a nursing home could be physically abused by a caregiver, such as being hit, pushed, kicked, or scratched. They can also be abused in other ways, such as mentally, verbally, emotionally, sexually, or financially.
Any type of abuse is grounds for a nursing home abuse claim or lawsuit. Some of these types of abuse include:
Any form of physical abuse is not acceptable in a nursing home. Pushing, punching, slapping, shoving, hitting, and kicking are all forms of physical abuse. This kind of abuse can lead to serious injuries.
If your loved one has unexplained bruising or does not want to talk about how they got injured, you should be on the lookout for other signs of abuse.
Verbal abuse is when a nursing home resident is abused through words meant to hurt them. For instance, if a caregiver calls your loved one names, belittles them, berates them, yells at them, teases them, or makes fun of them, you could take action against them. This type of abuse can be just as traumatic as physical abuse.
Mental and Emotional Abuse
Attempting to control an elderly person through emotional manipulation or withholding affection as a punishment are forms of emotional abuse. Other examples include:
- Leaving a nursing home resident out of a group intentionally to cause them mental or emotional suffering
- Separating two friends from one another to control or punish them
Nursing home residents can be abused financially. They could be convinced to give out financial information, reveal passwords to financial accounts, or provide access to their personal property. If someone convinces your loved one to change their will or hand over valuables, it could be considered abuse.
Reach Out for Legal Assistance in Your Nursing Home Abuse Case
A nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm can help you pursue compensation and justice on behalf of your loved one. Contact Schiller & Hamilton for a free consultation and discuss your nursing home abuse case. You can start seeking justice today.