Naples Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
When our loved ones are unable to care for themselves and we can’t be their caregiver, we hope that they will be well-cared for in a nursing home environment. After all, these facilities are pricey. Surely they can afford adequate staffing.
Unfortunately, poorly trained staff is a huge issue in nursing homes. Because of this, abuse is common. Abuse occurs when staff members harm residents in some way, whether it be physically, emotionally, or sexually. Residents can also be victims of financial abuse. The harm may be intentional or unintentional in nature and lead to head trauma, broken bones, and even death.
Nursing home abuse can involve various topics, including neglect and various medical conditions such as broken bones, bed sores, and urinary tract infections. If your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, Kohn Law can help you file a claim against the liable party. Contact one of our Naples nursing home abuse attorneys today.
Type of Nursing Home Abuse
There are several types of nursing home abuse:
- Physical abuse. This is what people usually think of when they think of nursing home abuse. It involves hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, and pinching. It can also include throwing things at someone.
- Emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can be very harmful. It includes taunting, yelling, threats, and isolation. A resident who suffers emotional abuse may feel anxious or depressed.
- Sexual abuse. Shockingly, sexual abuse is also common in nursing home facilities. Staff members may take advantage of immobile patients and engage in sexual battery. This refers to any unwanted sexual activity.
- Financial abuse. Many nursing home residents have significant assets and staff members may take advantage of this. They prey on those with cognitive conditions and steal from them. They may take items of value, such as money and jewelry. Staff members may trick patients into writing checks to them.
Signs of Abuse
Is your loved one a victim of nursing home abuse? Look for these signs:
- Bed sores
- Bruises or burns
- Broken bones
- Dental injuries
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Weight loss
- Anxiety or depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse
- Violent behavior
- Injuries around the genital area
- Unexplained STDs
- New credit cards
- Changes to bank accounts
- Strange charges
You should also look for certain behaviors in staff members, such as:
- Ignoring residents’ requests for assistance
- Not responding to conflicts between residents
- Improperly giving medications
- Not changing clothing or bedding regularly
- Showing disrespect toward residents
Contact Kohn Law Today
Nursing home abuse does not discriminate. It occurs quite frequently in all types of nursing homes. Even luxurious, costly nursing homes can be sites of elder abuse.
If you or a loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home environment. Kohn Law can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call (813) 428-8504 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation with a Naples nursing home abuse attorney.