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The decision to place a loved one in a Maryland long-term care facility — such as a nursing home or assisted living facility (ALF) — can be difficult. The last thing you should have to worry about is whether your family member is being well-cared for or not. If you suspect that the people in the facility have been abusive or neglectful toward your family member, a Laurel nursing home abuse lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, PA will help you find justice.
Nearly 2.5 million Americans live either in nursing homes or ALFs and that number is growing as the United States population continues to age. Along with this growth comes increasing concerns about abuse of residents in the facilities charged with their care. Nursing home abuse can result in personal injury from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, or can take the form of financial abuse.
A Laurel nursing home abuse lawyer can help you determine whether you have a legal case for damages against the facility and/or its employees who caused your loved one harm. The following will help you better understand the types of nursing home abuse we have dealt with and what to look for when determining if you have a nursing home abuse case.
Physical violence is a common type of nursing home abuse. It usually involves some kind of contact or restraint that causes the non-consenting resident harm. If your loved one is showing signs of physical abuse — broken bones, a fractured hip, unexplained bruises, cuts or burns —he or she could be experiencing nursing home physical abuse. Examples include:
Emotional nursing home abuse can cause severe psychological trauma. If your loved one is experiencing new signs of emotional distress or illness, such as anxiety, depression, or irritability, these could be signs that they are being emotionally abused. Ways that nursing home caregivers or people with access to your loved one could abuse them emotionally include:
Many people do not think of financial abuse as a type of nursing home or elder abuse, but it is far too common. Financial abuse occurs when the person who is responsible for managing another’s finances takes advantage of that power and steals or misuses their financial resources, such as their property, money or possessions.
Usually this happens in cases where an elderly person has handed over management of their finances to a caregiver, nursing home staff, or family members. If you see any of the following it could be an indication of financial abuse:
Sexual abuse is more common in nursing homes than people think. Usually perpetrated by a nursing home staff member or a fellow resident, sexual abuse occurs when a resident is forced, manipulated or coerced into unwanted sexual conduct. Tragically, the victims of nursing home sexual abuse are often cognitively impaired and unable to report what is happening.
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, the attorneys at The Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, PA can help. A Laurel nursing home abuse lawyer will guide you through the legal system, helping to protect your loved one and hold the abusers responsible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Contact one of our Maryland attorneys today by calling 301-705-5006.