It is one of the worst forms of abuse in the country. Every year, thousands of senior residents in nursing homes are threatened, assaulted, and exploited. If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home, it is important to be vigilant. A precipitous decline in health or unexplained marks and bruises on their body can be signs that they are being mistreated.
If you suspect that all is not what it should be, then you need to take action immediately. Your elderly loved one may say nothing about the abuse, but that doesn’t mean it is not happening. It may be necessary to call in the kind of professional help that can get to the bottom of things.
Putting Your Case Together
Most nursing home abuse goes unreported. Abuse is a sensitive matter to those who suffer from it. Your elderly loved one may feel too embarrassed to share with you the awful things they are forced to endure every day. Although they will not talk to you, they may be willing to open up to someone else.
A nursing home abuse attorney will have the skill and experience to ask them the kind of questions that will get them to talk openly and candidly about their experience. This can form the foundation of your case against the nursing home.
Nursing Homes Must Be Held Accountable
It is right that those responsible for the suffering and torment of your elderly loved on be held accountable. As a resident, they should feel safe and secure. The torment and abuse they’ve encountered should not go without consequences. At the moment all you have is a claim. You must still prove your case. This is where your lawyer can help.
Lawyers who specialize in nursing home abuse cases have extensive experience and insight into how they work. That is, they know how to gather the right evidence, collect the right witness and expert testimony, and link them all to the correct and most compelling bits of law to get an outcome favorable to you.
No amount of money can make for the torture and torment suffered by your elderly loved one. But suing the nursing home is a necessary first step. The compensation they receive represents remuneration for the physical, mental, sexual, or financial damage they have sustained.
Indeed, the latter form of abuse is one of the most common. Elderly people are especially vulnerable to being robbed of their savings or retirement checks. They are just as susceptible to being pressured into scams designed to make them poor and someone else rich. There have been a number of cases in which nursing home employees have used their access to seniors to coerce them into giving out their bank details or getting them to sign up to Ponzi schemes.
If your loved one has suffered any of these indignities, then you should sue the people responsible. Such abuse should not be allowed to go on in a place of care.