Mesa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Entrusting an elderly loved one to a nursing home can be an emotionally taxing and stressful time in a person's life; as such, decisions can have a serious impact on the health and wellbeing of their loved one. But nothing is worse than discovering that your relative is being abused at the hands of those you have entrusted to take care of them. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a common occurrence across the United States and comes in a variety of forms. These incidents take a serious toll on the lives of abused elders and can significantly worsen his or her quality of life.
To stop such incidents, a person should always be on the lookout for elder abuse and be prepared to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. The Mesa, AZ personal injury lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. are here to help you find justice for your loved one's abuse and gain compensation to aid in their recovery and the financial toll that comes along with it. Call (480) 753-4534 today to discuss your claim.
Due to the access and authority that nursing home staff members have, those that choose to abuse elderly residents have the ability to commit many different types of acts against the innocent residents. There are several common types of nursing home abuse, these types and their symptoms are:
- Physical Abuse: Occurs when physical force is used on an elder and can result in serious and permanent injuries. Common types of abuse include hitting, pushing, shoving, tripping, shaking, burning, and inappropriate use of chemical and physical restraints. Be aware of bruises, welts, lacerations, bones breaks and fractures, sprains, internal injuries, signs of restraint, sudden changes in behavior, and a caregiver's refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone.
- Sexual Abuse: This includes any non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with the elder including rape, contact with sexual organs, unwanted touching, coerced nudity, and sexually explicit photography. Symptoms include bruising around breasts or genitals, unexplained sexual disease, unexplained bleeding of sexual organs, and altered behavior.
- Financial Abuse: When a nursing home staff member gains access to an elderly person's funds or property, he or she may use it for their own purposes. This may be done by coercion, theft, or other forms of financial fraud. Be on the lookout for sudden, suspicious, or unexplained changes in the elder's bank account, abrupt changes in financial documents, and other uncharacteristic financial transactions.
- Neglect: While this is not direct abuse, neglect occurs when a nursing home and/or its staff fails to fulfill its duties with regard to the care of an elderly resident. This can occur for any duty including providing day-to-day necessities, keeping up hygiene, keeping elders safe, properly treating any injuries or illnesses, and any other agreed-upon responsibilities.
When an elder nursing home resident is abused, their quality of life can suffer greatly and the injuries or illnesses they sustain may shorten their lifespan. Those responsible for such abuse should be held responsible for their actions and victims and their families have the legal right to seek compensation for their losses and injuries so they may recover to the best of their abilities. At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., our Mesa nursing home abuse lawyers have the years of experience needed to successfully search for compensation for our clients and aid them in their physical, emotional, and financial recovery. For more information on how we can help you, contact The Husband & Wife Law Team today.
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