In our society, the disabled and elderly are an extremely vulnerable segment of our population. Gone are the days of extended families that cared for their older members. Nowadays, we depend on nursing homes to provide expert care for our family members as they age. Unfortunately, our loved ones are often the victims of neglect and abuse in these institutions. On top of that, because of physical limitations, or even fear, they do not tell their families about the abuse, and it continues.
In the next few years, the elderly will become a large part of our population, and this problem shows no signs of decreasing. Studies have even shown that the majority of the abuse is not reported or even noticed. It is therefore the responsibility of loved ones to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse.
Some signs of abuse:
- Statements from your loved one claiming abuse
- Bruises, open wounds, burns and black eyes
- Broken bones and dislocations
- Dirty clothes, torn clothing and broken glasses
- Bruises around genitalia or breasts
- Behavior change or withdrawnness
- Loved one frequently lying in their own waste
Protection And Accountability
Because they often cannot speak for themselves, the elderly must be protected from nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse can range from medical neglect to sexual abuse. While there is a criminal aspect to any type of abuse, a nursing home abuse attorney will make sure that your loved one receives compensation for the damages they suffered.
Nursing home abuse can vary but may include:
- Misuse of drugs or restraints
- Inadequate medical care
- Threats, verbal abuse and isolation
- Sexual abuse such as sexually explicit photography or rape
- Bed sores (decubitus ulcers)
- Physical violence
When you suspect that a loved one is suffering from abuse in a nursing home you should contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. The attorneys at The Begum Law Group have represented Texas nursing home abuse cases and have the experience that will help in your claim. You could be compensated for the pain and suffering as well as any medical expenses associated with the abuse. We will help you do that.
For a free evaluation of you Brownsville or San Antonio area nursing home abuse claim call us at 855-77BEGUM.