Nursing Home Abuse

There are many faces of elder abuse, reaching from neglect, withholding food and drink, to intimidation and finally physical assault

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

For most of us, it is difficult to imagine that elder abuse has become commonplace in our society. If you’ve entrusted a nursing or assisted living facility with your loved one, and now things just don’t seem right, keep reading.

The Faces of Elder Abuse

There are many faces of elder abuse, reaching from neglect, withholding food and drink, to intimidation and finally physical assault. Elderly patients who are most at-risk for abuse are those who’ve been diagnosed with dementia or physical/mental disabilities. Recently, The National Center on Elder Abuse performed a survey which concluded that elders who suffer abuse are 300% more at risk of death than their elderly counterparts who had not suffered abuse.

Sadly, most occurences of abuse go unreported. The elderly residents may be afraid to report their abusers due to fear of retaliation or embarrassment. Others may feel that they are at fault and deserve the abuse because they are unable to move fast enough, or fail to understand what is being asked of them.  Oftentimes, the vistim’s loved one sand friends do not recognize the warning signs.

Know the Signs

The warning signs of Elder Abuse may include any of the following:

Physical Injury
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or broken  bones
  • Infected bedsores
  • Frequent falls
  • Medication issues

Neglect
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Bad personal hygiene

Emotional or Behavioral Changes
  • Fearfulness
  • Crying
  • Depression

Wrongful Death

If you suspect a friend or loved one may be the victim of neglect or elder abuse, or if that loved one has passed away suddenly, The Law Offices of Robert A. Rivers is here for you. Contact us immediately so we can help you and your loved one. By taking legal action, you may be able to prevent this very thing from happening to others.

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