Nursing home abuse is a serious issue in the United States. According to statistics published by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), more than half of nursing home staff members interviewed admitted to some type of mistreatment of elderly residents in the previous year alone. While you may want to believe your loved one is safe in a nursing home, the statistics indicate there is a good chance they may be the victim of physical or emotional abuse or neglect during their stay. For this reason, not only should you always keep a vigilant eye when it comes to the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse, but you should know what steps to take if you have suspicions that your loved one has been a victim.
Make Notes Of Behavioral Signs Or Take Photos Of Physical Injuries
Because nursing home abuse can be challenging to prove, especially in cases involving patients with dementia or other serious limitations, documenting everything can help demonstrate why you suspect abuse.
Report The Abuse To The Proper Party
If your loved one has a social worker, dedicated doctor, or similar advocate, you can report your suspicions to that person, who can direct you to any additional authorities to contact. If you are unsure who to call, the NCEA can provide assistance, as well.
Do Not Wait To Take Action
Many signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse are time-sensitive, so you should not delay reporting your suspicions. Though making such allegations can be uncomfortable, it is important for the safety and well-being of your loved one.
Contact A Seattle Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer As Soon As Possible
In addition to being removed from the situation and possibly filing criminal charges, your injured loved one may also be entitled to financial compensation for their physical and emotional injuries from the abuser. Experienced nursing home abuse attorney Stephen Hornbuckle has helped many victims of abuse obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve for their mistreatment. Though money can never reverse the effects of abuse, it can help cover expenses and find a sense of justice for your loved one. If you are in the Seattle, Bellevue, or Tacoma area and believe your loved one has been abused, call The Hornbuckle Firm at (425) 679-0742 for help today.
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