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Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse in nursing homes can be evidenced in diverse ways. Regardless of the type of abuse present, it is considered a criminal act. Commonly, the abuse is an act or oversight by a professional staff member or caregiver that results in harm to a nursing home resident. In severe cases, nursing home abuse results in wrongful death.

Nursing home abuse can include:

  • Neglect of basic living necessities such as food, medicine, water, clothing or other care
  • Medication errors
  • Inadequate sanitation and hygiene
  • Failure to monitor or protect residents from accidents
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Theft or financial exploitation
  • Emotional or psychological abuse such as threats, humiliation, verbal assault and isolation
  • Abuse of court-appointed roles such as guardianship or power of attorney

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect may sometimes be difficult to detect, because in many cases the victim has lost the ability to describe the abuse or ask for help.

Family members should be aware of signs of abuse and neglect, such as:

  • Malnutrition, dehydration or weight loss
  • Bed sores
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Bruises, lacerations or broken bones
  • Sudden change in mood and behavior
  • Unsanitary conditions

If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, get in touch with Metzger Wickersham. We may be able to help you recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress, and other damages.

Contact us today to obtain experienced representation for your case.