Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
It is a difficult enough decision to entrust the care of your loved one
to a nursing home without the added worry that they will be mistreated.
nursing home abuse has become a reality in this country, affecting thousands of people every year.
Sadly, many abused individuals are disabled or suffer from memory impairments
like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and are not always able to
speak out about their abuse. In fact, a 2010 study concluded that nearly
half of all dementia patients had been mistreated by their caregivers.
It often becomes the responsibility of family members to recognize common
warning signs and take a stand.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we are committed to
protecting the rights of victims who have suffered harm in nursing homes.
If your loved one has been physically abused in a nursing home or other
care facility, please do not delay in contacting our Washington, D.C.
nursing home abuse attorneys.
Schedule a free consultation
with an attorney today.
What is Elder Abuse?
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elder abuse involves
intentional actions that result in harm (or create a serious risk of harm)
to a vulnerable elder by anyone in a relationship of trust with the patient.
Research shows that the older the patient, the more likely they are to
be abused, with women suffering abuse more frequently than men.
The following are some signs that your loved one may be suffering physical abuse:
- Scratches, bruises, or burns
- “Wrap around” bruises encircling a patient’s arms
- Inadequate explanation of how a patient sustained the injury
- A history of hospitalization for similar injuries
- Unexplained withdrawal from social interaction or activities
Elder physical abuse is not just limited to nursing home staff. Abuse can
come from an acquaintance, a caregiver, a doctor or nurse, or any other
person the patient has contact with. Physical abuse can include many different
actions, including hitting or slapping, threats of violence, sexual abuse,
or inappropriate use of restraint. Because of the nature of assisted living
facilities and nursing homes, harm to elderly patients can be difficult
to identify and often goes unnoticed for long periods of time.
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Our team of attorneys takes a passionate stance against nursing home abuse
and is uncompromising in the pursuit of justice for patients and their
families. When you choose to work with our firm, you are choosing
more than 90 years of collective experience and an exemplary history of results. Allow our
attorneys to explain your rights and advise you on your legal options
as we prepare an effective strategy to help you recover maximum compensation.
For more information on how Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. can help, contact us