Most people know that nursing home abuse is a growing problem in America. The senior population deserves quality care and respect; instead, many who reside in nursing homes face many different types of abuse and neglect. Some even are subject to it daily. Unfortunately, many family members who discover their loved one’s abuse don’t know where to turn for help.
The good news is that they can turn to Midwest Injury Lawyers. Our team of reputable Hammond nursing home abuse lawyers is well-versed in this area of Indiana law and the rights of nursing home residents and the elderly. We aren’t afraid to stand up to large nursing home corporations or their attorneys when it comes to protecting your rights or the rights of your elderly family member.
We take pride in adapting our legal representation to meet our clients’ unique needs and skillfully guiding them through each phase of the multifaceted legal process. Our Hammond nursing home abuse attorneys are aggressive and effective litigators. Still, they are also counselors that can provide clients with practical legal advice about their best options.
Nursing home abuse is far too common in facilities throughout Indiana. The WHO reported that two in three staff members (64 percent of study participants) had committed some form of abuse as a caregiver to the elderly.
Both state and federal regulations afford nursing home residents many rights. Any abuse or neglect is a clear violation of these rights.
Under Indiana laws, nursing home residents have the following rights in addition to others:
Residents can manage their own financial affairs.
Residents can keep, use, or wear their personal property.
Residents should receive respect and privacy. Residents are allowed private communication concerning mail, telephone calls, or in-person visits.
Residents should be free from unnecessary chemical and physical restraints. (Residents should not be given unnecessary drugs, excessive doses, medicated for an excessive duration, or given medication without adequate monitoring.
If a nursing home fails to respect or honor your loved one’s rights and safety, you might have a strong legal claim for abuse or neglect. Our Hammond nursing home lawyers can review the facts and determine your next steps to protect your loved one, ensure we uphold their rights, and seek compensation for the damage done.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 17 percent of individuals aged 60 and older suffered some type of abuse in community settings over the past year. Institutions like nursing homes and long-term care facilities have high rates of nursing home abuse, with two of three staff reporting that they have committed abuse in the past year. The incidence of elder abuse has also increased since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sadly, elder abuse can lead to a range of severe physical injuries as well as long-term psychological consequences. In some cases, the injuries that result can even be fatal. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you must be aware of and on the lookout for the signs of nursing home abuse. Suppose you suspect that your family member was a victim. In that case, you can explore your rights with an experienced Hammond nursing home abuse.
You may have many concerns if you have a loved one in a nursing home. You might worry that they will suffer some form of abuse. Or you might suspect abuse but aren’t sure what the signs are or what to do. Specific physical injuries and other signs can help you determine if your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse.
Physical abuse is commonly what most people think of when they hear elder or nursing home abuse. However, the signs of physical abuse are often much more apparent than other types of elder abuse in the nursing home setting.
Signs of nursing home physical abuse can include:
Sexual abuse can happen to any nursing home resident, regardless of gender, age, or background.
Signs of sexual abuse include:
The symptoms of emotional abuse in the elderly can be harder to detect. Still, protecting your loved one against this abuse is just as crucial as any other type.
Signs of emotional elder abuse include:
Nursing home residents are, unfortunately, at high risk for financial abuse.
Signs of financial abuse include:
Don’t waste time if you notice any of these signs of nursing home abuse or others that are concerning. The longer you wait, the longer your loved one will be in danger, with their health and well-being at risk. Contact local law enforcement, report it to the nursing home, and seek legal counsel. Nursing home abuse is never acceptable, no matter how overworked or understaffed a long-term care home is. It takes people like you to stand up and speak out when they see something suspicious to stop the cycle of abuse.
If you notice any of these physical injuries or any other signs of abuse, act promptly and:
If you suspect a nursing home or long-term care facility abused or neglected your loved, don’t wait to take action. The longer you wait, the more they will risk facing serious injuries or even death. Don’t hesitate to call 911, remove them from the situation, and provide them with any medical care they require.
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These wounds most frequently develop on bony areas of the body, such as the:
Bedsores can develop when pressure against the skin stops or limits blood flow to a specific area. The skin and underlying tissues rely on oxygen and nutrients delivered through the blood. When not receiving oxygen and nutrients, skin and other nearby tissues are at risk for damage to may begin to die. Bedsores commonly happen when disabled or immobile nursing home residents don’t receive the care they need and deserve.
If you suspect that someone you love is the victim of nursing home abuse, pay careful attention to any physical or other signs of abuse. If you find something that further confirms your suspicions, it’s time to act. Reach out to the skilled Hammond nursing home abuse attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers. Reach out to a Hammond personal injury lawyer.
Our compassionate attorneys know how concerning it can be to be in your position. We will carefully handle your claim from beginning to end. Whether you have suspicions or have already moved your loved one due to injuries, we can help.
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