It's important that we look after those among us who are unable to fend for themselves. This is particularly true of our elderly. When our parents or grandparents reach advanced age, it's sometimes necessary for them to stay in assisted-living facilities where they should receive respect and good treatment at all times. Sadly, this is sometimes not the case. Neglect and abuse can occur in these facilities, and it's important for the perpetrators of such heinous acts be held accountable for their actions.
Our team of personal injury attorneys would like to take a moment right now to look at the issue of nursing home abuse and why we need to fight against such despicable behavior.
About Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits
Nursing home abuse refers to the mistreatment of a resident at an elderly home or assisted-living facility. These lawsuits will take action against the employee or employees responsible for the mistreatment as well as the facility itself for allowing such actions to occur. It's important that these lawsuits are filed as soon as possible so that your loved one can be taken away from a harmful situation.
Below are some forms of nursing home abuse that can take place.
Physical / Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
Sometimes employees at assisted-living facilities will take out their aggressions on the elderly, inflicting physical pain or even withholding necessary care to prevent bedsores and so on. Worse, there are times that employees will abuse their power and sexually assault those in an assisted-living facility.
Psychological Abuse in Nursing Homes
In addition to physical abuse, there are many cases of mental abuse and emotional abuse in elderly homes. This could mean shouting at the elderly resident, name calling, and other forms of unwarranted belittling.
Withholding Food and Medication in Nursing Homes
One of the most tragic and frightening forms of abuse is sheer neglect of the elderly resident. This could mean keeping food, water, and necessary medications out of that nursing home resident's reach. Such sadistic negligence will not be tolerated by our medical malpractice attorneys when we take the case before a court.
Theft and Fraud in Nursing Homes
As if the above wasn't disheartening enough, there are many times in which an employee of an assisted-living facility will steal from the elderly resident or obtain and use that senior's financial information for illicit reasons. Sometimes this can wipe out savings and push credit cards to their limit.
What Our Legal Team Will Do for You
If you notice any signs of physical abuse, mental abuse, or other kinds of unethical mistreatment, be sure to speak with our attorneys as soon as possible. Some signs to look out for include:
- Withdrawn behavior
- Changes in finances
- Changes in weight
- Changes in mobility
Our legal team will fight diligently to ensure that your loved one receives justice and that the responsible parties are punished. Our goal is to restore dignity to your loved one and ensure that such actions do not happen again.
Speak with Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Today
If you or someone that you love has been the victim of negligence or abuse in a nursing home, be sure to contact our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers today. Our entire team will fight diligently for you and your legal rights, helping you receive just compensation for injuries and hardship while holding those responsible accountable for their awful actions.