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Physical Abuse

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. Unfortunately, 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.

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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 today.