Anaheim Nursing Home Abuse
There are many forms of nursing home abuse that can take place. While most Anaheim nursing homes are safe, clean and reputable, there are homes that fail to prevent abusive and neglectful situations.
Anyone who worries that their loved one is being neglected, mistreated or abused in a nursing home would be well advised to file complaints with the appropriate authorities and contact an experienced Anaheim nursing home abuse attorney to obtain more information about pursuing their legal rights.
Physical Abuse of the Elderly
Physical abuse may involve violence or unnecessary restraints. Reputed facilities do not use wrist or ankle restraints and they are always careful when moving and helping their residents. Victims of physical abuse at an Anaheim nursing home may have:
- Broken bones: Elderly patients who are pushed, dropped or hit may suffer broken bone injuries.
- Bruises: It is common for older people to bruise easily, but certain bruises may be telling signs of abuse. Bruises on faces, legs or the inside of the arm may be signs of hitting or pulling.
- Changes in personality: Victims of abuse may become nervous, shy, anxious or on edge.
Emotional abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse. Examples of emotional abuse include yelling, threatening or belittling the victim. This type of abuse is much more difficult to notice than physical abuse. In some cases, victims of emotional abuse may become shy or withdrawn in the presence of the staff members who emotionally abuse them. Others may experience a complete change in personality.
Individuals who prey on the elderly for profit should be held accountable for their actions. It is wrong and of course illegal for workers to steal or otherwise manipulate the elderly for financial gain. Some of the telling signs of financial abuse include changes in bank statements, missing checks, changes in documentation's such as wills or stolen credit cards. Many financial abuse cases involve scams such as investment scams or identity theft scams.
It is hard to imagine a care facility hiring someone who would commit any form of sexual abuse against the elderly. Unfortunately, these incidents do happen. Sexual abuse is a crime and must be promptly reported to law enforcement authorities. It is the responsibility of all nursing homes to properly vet their employees and to screen applicants for mental health issues or sex crime convictions.
Nursing Home Neglect
One of the most common forms of Anaheim nursing home abuse is neglect. Facilities that are understaffed are particularly prone to neglecting their residents. Victims of neglect may be malnourished, dehydrated or lacking in personal hygiene. Their room may be disorganized. They may have a disheveled appearance and may also be losing weight. They may be suffering from pressure sores or bedsores. Neglecting someone who needs care can result in devastating illnesses, injuries and even death.
Contacting a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
It is important to talk with your loved one about their living situation. Many victims of abuse do not share what has happened to them out of embarrassment. So, it may be difficult to know if they are being abused or neglected. It may be in your best interest to visit your loved ones often and at different times of day so that the workers from every shift know that you are checking on them. Get to know the workers and the residents living near your family member. If you do suspect that they are being neglected or abused, there are steps you can take to hold the at-fault worker or facility accountable.
The skilled Anaheim nursing home abuse attorneys at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP can review the circumstances of your case and ensure that your legal rights are protected. We work with investigators, witnesses and medical professionals to determine what kind of abuse took place and who was responsible for it. Nursing homes that put profits before the people they serve must be held accountable. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.